What’s the story?
Team Kenya was founded in 2008 by Valerie Wilson, a geography teacher and senior manager working in a secondary school in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. Before establishing Team Kenya, Valerie had been working with the Ndhiwa community since 1999, focusing on school partnerships and curriculum exchange. In 2008 Valerie left her job in teaching to dedicate her time to Team Kenya and is now the Chair of Trustees. Her daughter, Victoria, has been involved with the charity since it was founded and is now the charity’s first paid member of staff.
Since 2008, Team Kenya have built a strong relationship with the community in Ndhiwa and the Ndhiwa Community Empowerment and Development Project (NCEDP). Team Kenya work in partnership with NCEDP and together we have transformed the lives of over 5,000 children and their families in Ndhiwa.
We are Real. Meet The Team
Valerie is the Founder of Team Kenya and also our Chair of Trustees. As well as her role as Chair, Val is also our Partnership Manager. Val has over 30 years’ experience in the education sector, including work as a Head of Sixth Form, lecturer in Geography and DFID Kenya Curriculum Project Coordinator. She has previously been a Trustee at One World Network North- East and spent eight years as a volunteer and Trustee at the Kenya Acorn Project.
Victoria Hancock Fell
Victoria (Vic), is one of Team Kenya’s co-founders and our only member of staff in the UK. In her role as Development Manager, Vic works mainly on fundraising and marketing. Vic has been involved with the community in Ndhiwa since she was just 11 years old. She has almost 10 years’ experience working in the education and non-profit sectors both in the UK and internationally and has recently completed her Masters in NGO Management.
Lynda is a Trustee and our Treasurer. She holds a Masters of Education and is currently completing her doctorate at Durham University. Lynda has over 30 years’ experience within the education sector and is currently Assistant Principal at Newcastle Sixth Form College.
Emilie joined the Board in 2016, she has worked in fundraising for five years in the arts, education and international development sectors. Emilie is currently Programme Funding Coordinator at Self Help Africa.
Jacky is a Team Kenya Trustee. She also supports our Water Works For Girls project and helps with grant applications. Jacky has over 30 years’ experience in education, starting her career as a teacher in East Africa and finishing as Deputy Head in a Northumberland High School. She volunteered at our projects in Ndhiwa for 6 weeks in 2013.
Alicia is a Trustee based in Perth, Australia. She has 10 years’ experience in the finance and insurance industry, Alicia’s current role is as the Education Coordinator and Hospital School Liaison for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Alicia volunteered in Ndhiwa in 2009 for one month and in 2011 for 2 weeks.
Kath is one of our fantastic volunteers. She has spent one year coordinating our sponsored students programme and is now supporting us in raising vital funds to support our work.
Terry is our finance volunteer. He is a qualified accountant and worked in industry, in particular manufacturing and engineering, over 40 years for various companies, most recently as Finance Director of an engineering business where he was responsible for all finance and most commercial activities. Terry is now retired from full-time work but holds a non-executive directorship with a local design and manufacturing company and is a trustee of two charities in Newcastle and Darlington.
Helen is one of our superstar volunteers. Helen looks after our Facebook and Twitter page and supports us with our marketing so we can keep telling people about the life changing we’re doing in rural Kenya.
Izzy is one of our fantastic fundraising volunteers. She recently graduated with a Business and Management degree from the University of Sussex. Izzy developed an interest in poverty alleviation and education while teaching English in Cambodia. She currently works as a Marketing Executive at Girls&Travel but volunteers part time for Team Kenya as she shares our passion to inspire girls and women to fulfil their full potential.
Tatyana is one of our fantastic volunteers. She is originally from Nairobi, Kenya and so has a real insight into what life can be like for girls in Kenya. Tatyana is currently studying Economics and International Relations at the University of Sussex. She loves instruments and music as a whole, spoken word and poetry, interactions with new people and a recent finding, adventurous activities.