Chief Executive Officer


Kathryn Llewellyn

Kathryn has been involved in human rights campaigning and international development management for over nine years. Her previous roles include: Executive Director of The GREAT Initiative (a gender rights charity); Acting CEO and International Director of Pump Aid (a water and sanitation NGO working in Zimbabwe, Liberia and Malawi); managing ‘Live Below the Line’ for the Global Poverty Project and working as International Development Director for The One Foundation. Kathryn has won a number of awards including the Sheila McKechnie Conflict ResolutionAward for her campaigning work on democracy in Zimbabwe and an UNTLD award for social entrepreneurs. Kathryn is an advisor to Channel Four’s Battlefront show mentoring young campaigners.


We have a board of eleven trustees who use their skills and experience to support the organisation, helping us to achieve our aims. They have overall control of the organisation and are responsible for making sure we are doing what we set out to do.

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Peter Ayres (Chair) - Peter joined the United Purpose Board of Trustees in 2008. He is a professionally qualified civil and structural engineer and worked for 37 years with Arup Group, one of the UK’s largest independent consultants, where he spent time managing projects and people around the world. With a history of international travel across Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, his return to the UK from Hong Kong brought the desire to give back to the global community.

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Alan Davies - Alan has a degree in Statistics and spent over 30 years in the Civil Service, 20 of which were in senior positions in the Department of Education and Skills and its predecessor bodies. During this time he acquired experience and skills in project management, HR, policy development and analysis. Alan volunteered for Village Aid in Bakewell, Yorkshire, before going on to become Chair of the Board. He has been on the Village Aid Board of Trustees since 2009 and has first-hand experience of both UP and Village Aid partners and projects across Africa.

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Nicola Mushet - Nicola has over 15 years of international development experience in programming and managerial roles based overseas, including roles with Save the Children, VSO and Children's Aid Direct. She first became associated with UP in 1992 as Country Director in Malawi and later as Country Director in Bangladesh. She joined the Board in 2005 and quickly moved to Chair until 2010. She is particularly interested in community-based programming and natural resource management. 

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Adam Wynne - Adam is a qualified teacher and a management consultant at PwC. He is also an ambassador of the Teach First programme and recently completed a Masters in Educational Leadership. Adam’s initial development experiences came when he supported an education initiative in China as a student at Oxford University. He has since managed community projects in several countries and shares United Purpose’s belief that large-scale change is best achieved when it is built upon respect for the individual.

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Hadi Husani - Hadi has recently joined the United Purpose Board of Trustees after two decades leading not-for-profit organisations. He has directed International Development and Emergency Management initiatives across Central and South Asia, the Middle East and Africa with the Aga Khan Development Network and International Medical Corps. Hadi has a background in organisational development and project management with KPMG, which he has worked to integrate into the many charities he has supported.

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Steven Marshall - Steven is a Treasury Consultant working for the International Organization for Migration in Geneva. Prior to this, he worked extensively in the banking sector, having started his career on the Barclays graduate scheme and ultimately working as a Relationship Director in the Multinational Corporate Team. Steven subsequently moved to Standard Chartered Bank and became the transaction banking Global Head for Public Sector and Development Organisations. This role included coverage of supranationals, international NGOs, governments and Development Finance Institutions. Married with two daughters, Steven has an honours degree in Medical Biochemistry and a Masters degree in Immunopharmacology.

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David Bull - David has been a CEO in the voluntary sector, in the UK and internationally, for 32 years, leading four organisations in the fields of international development, human rights, education and sustainability. From a background in research and advocacy with Oxfam, he went on to lead an international environmental NGO based in Kenya, returning to the UK as General Secretary of World University Service UK, then Director of Amnesty International UK, and most recently Executive Director of Unicef UK until his retirement in 2016. He is a trained coach/mentor. He was awarded the CBE in 2015 for his humanitarian work. David now works as a freelance consultant and is also a Trustee of Power of Nutrition.

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Sir Martin Davidson KCMG - Sir Martin was Chairman of International Inspiration, the sport for development charity which sprang from London 2012, from July 2015 until the merger of IN and UP in November 2016. He was Chief Executive of the British Council until December 2014 and has spent much of his career in China and Hong Kong. Sir Martin is an independent non-executive director of the House of Fraser Group and a board advisor to a number of China- and education-related businesses. He is also Chairman of the Great Britain China Centre, a government sponsored body focusing on legal, political and leadership exchanges with China and Vice Chairman of Leonard Cheshire Disability, the UK’s leading disability charity. He lives with his family in Dorset and is a trustee of the Dorset Community Foundation. Sir Martin was knighted in 2014 for his services to British cultural, scientific and educational interests worldwide.


Country Directors


Brazil - Angela Brightling

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Angela has over 18 years of international development experience in Brazil. Before becoming Country Director of Brazil in 1999, she carried out a management role on an UP-supported community/crèche building project in the metropolis of São Paulo and she coordinated an UP child development and rights programme in the State of Paraíba, north-east Brazil. Under Angela’s leadership, and in partnership with local organisations, UP Brazil works to improve the quality of life of some of the most vulnerable women, children and communities from north-east Brazil, the poorest region in the country. 

Senegal and The Gambia - Tony Jansen

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Tony has 20 years of experience in international development. Prior to moving to West Africa, he worked in the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Ecuador, India and Eritrea, and he has founded two social enterprises in the surfing tourism and hospitality sectors. He joined UP as Country Director for Gambia and Senegal in May 2012. Since that time, he has restructured the Gambia programme to focus on three strategic pillars: livelihoods, resilience and capacity-building. He has also re-established a viable country programme that has expanded into six regions of Senegal, and established a stronger focus on impact assessment and organisational systems. Tony is passionate about sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, building strong local economies, growing food and getting out in the ocean and nature. He has authored numerous papers and manuals.

Ghana - Juliette Lampoh

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Juliette joined UP in May 2007 as Programme Manager, and she was appointed Country Director of Ghana in February 2013. She has over 16 years' experience in international development. Before joining UP, she worked with TechnoServe in Ghana, where she focused finding on business solutions to rural poverty and supporting small- to medium-scale agro-enterprises to operate viable business with opportunities for wealth creation for the poor. Over the years, Juliette has led the Ghana programme to deliver interventions in Livelihoods and Food Security, Micro-finance and Governance. She is passionate about asset-based, community led development.

Guinea - Cedric Martin

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Cedric holds an MSc in Agronomy and an MSc in Tropical Agriculture Development. He has 17 years of experience in research and development across the developing world, in agronomy, food security, WASH, farmers' organisations, value chains, natural resources management, climate change and natural disaster recovery.


Malawi - Heather Campbell

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Heather is a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, whose first international experience was through National Geographic magazines. Determined to travel the world, she studied International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University followed by her first international work as a Woodrow Wilson Research Fellow, exploring the negative externalities of China's One Child Policy while working in Chinese Orphanages. After three years in China, she did a Masters in Humanitarian Assistance at Uppsala University in Sweden - and in the subsequent decade held a variety of roles with donors and NGOs in countries including Kenya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, West Bank, USA and East Timor. She worked as a Country Director in Pakistan and East Timor, and is very happy to be based in the calmer environs of Malawi. She met her husband Nelson in East Timor and enjoys spending time in his native Portugal. She does not like long walks on the beach, preferring a book in the shade.

Mozambique - Helena Skember

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Helena was born and raised in the small coastal town of Split in Croatia. Due to her love of the sea, she studied marine biology and nautical science at university, but she has also always been passionate about languages and travelling. After she graduated, she worked as a translator for a Spanish NGO that was providing humanitarian assistance to war-affected areas of Croatia. Over time, she progressed from translator to support officer to project officer to assistant coordinator. In October 2004, she joined UP in Mozambique. She considers this a "turning point" in her life, and since then has continued to develop her passion for long-term development work.

CUMO Microfinance Limited - Ezikiel Phiri

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Ezikiel is the CEO of CUMO Microfinance, and he is an expert in microfinance and development finance. He has worked in East, West and South Africa over the past 30 years, with core expertise in enterprise development. Before joining CUMO in 2010, he was part of the team that helped the Government of Malawi to draft the country’s National Strategy for Financial Inclusion (2010-2014). He also worked in Malawi, USAID/Malawi’s Deepening Microfinance Sector (DMS) project, as an Enabling Environment and Commercial Finance Specialist, providing technical assistance. . He also successfully established the Sociedade de Desenvolvimento Empresarial (SDE), a development finance institution that provides financial and business advisory services to small and medium enterprises (SME) in Cape Verde Islands, and designed and recommended new products and services for micro, small and medium scale enterprise for the Swazi Business Growth Trust and its subsidiaries in Swaziland. He is married with two children.