AVS UK Trustees and Advisors

AVS UK Trustees are experienced professionals with a wide range os skills, who give freely of their time to raise money in the UK. They also give technical advice and offer practical and moral support to AVS Uganda. Two of the trustees were born in Uganda and the others have travelled several times to spend the time working with and getting to know the local people.

David Cates
A Primary school head teacher who plays rugby, and he has travelled to Uganda on a number of occasions to the villages where AVS works. David has a daughter of twelve and a son of ten years.

Marie Cates
Founder member of AVS (2003) and is a former Head Teacher in UK and VSO worker in Uganda. Her time is spent supervising AVS projects, raising funds in the UK. Marie has two sons and four grandchildren.

Stephen Cates
Stephen is a partner of Laytons Solicitors based in London. He graduated from the University of Kent at Canterbury with a first degree in Politics and a Masters in International Relations. Stephen joined Laytons in 1994 where he remains, specialising in employment law. He has a wife, two daughters, two dogs, one guinea pig, two goats, two cats and three ponies (not necessarily in that order). He is an avid (and average) golfer and a season ticket holder at Anfield.

Trish Lewis
Trish has been a trustee of the charity since inception having travelled to Muyembe several times.  She is a key fundraiser for AVS and  other charities, mainly Chambermade Opera. She is also an accomplished musician.

Naomi Lumatenga
Born and educated in Uganda, Naomi now works part of the year in Kampala and the rest of the year in the UK. She is married, with two sons and two daughters.

Val North
Val is a trustee of AVS and is a highly skilled administrator with many years of working with high profile people in the City of London. Val has four children and nine grandchildren.

David Waniala
Currently a partner at a consultancy firm in Kampala, David worked for the Home Office (UK) for many years, as a policy development advisor. He is married, with a son and he has been involved with AVS from inception.

Amina West
Amina has worked with AVS in an advisory role for almost two years and brings strong management and organisation skills to AVS and has contributed to the 2020 Strategic Plan. With over 30 years experience in the software industry in sales, marketing and senior leadership roles Amina is keen to leverage her experience to help develop, promote and raise funds for the work AVS does.

Suzannah Fullagar
Suzie studied Forensic Science at London University and is currently a jewellery designer. Suzie has a great passion for improving the lives of young and vulnerable women and hopes to raise funds for the updating of the girls hostel in Muyembe. A key role within AVS is fund raising and Suzie hopes to create some exciting opportunities and events throughout the year.

Alex Steele
Alex is the Managing Director & founder of Improwise and provides expertise in environmental management, sustainability, corporate social responsibility, leadership development, organisational change & innovation. Alex is keen to help recruit and develop key personnel in AVS Uganda, along with Mark develop more sustainable programmes as well as contribute to the 2020 plan.

 Rob Green

Rob is the managing partner of Curzon Green Solicitors based in High Wycombe and London and has been practising as a solicitor since 2001. Rob has been a long time supporter of AVS and has helped link AVS to key business partners who have helped develop AVS in various ways.

Mark Dempsey

Mark is UK sustainability Manager for HP Inc. and has previously worked as European Environmental Policy Advisor for Hewlett Packard and Manager of the Parliamentary Sustainability Waste Group at Westminster. Mark has taken a keen interest in working with our Education Programme and plans to develop and expand the ever important sustainability role AVS Uganda must play in the future.

AVS UK Volunteers

Jill Roberts
An experienced Teaching Assistant in nursery education Jill regularly offers voluntary secretarial work for AVS applications for funds and training at the AVS Secretarial Office in Muyembe.  Jill is a Senior Consultant with IBM UK Limited and an active fundraiser for AVS.

Lucy Wood
Special thanks to Lucy Wood for doing the  administrative work and for the long hours she spends packing AVS items for shipment.

  Gabrielle West
Currently Gaby works for the UK Central Government Department of Transport as Group HR Policy Officer. We are delighted that Gaby can join us and advise on an important aspect of linking to other communities, individuals, networks and organisations through social media.

 Rebecca Lewis
Having just completed her degree in Disaster Management and will graduate later this year, Rebecca has joined our team as a volunteer to carry out vital research work on the impact AVS has had on the local community of Muyembe and surrounding parish's. We hope to be able to use the data to help us target more fund raising acitivities to help the most vulnerable people of Muyembe and give them a better chance in life.

Contributions and support from:

Sylvie Hughes - funding applications

Melanie Roberts - CRM support

Jean and Simon Carless for treasury and financail management

Contact AVS

Phone: +44 (0)7546 124450

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

By Post: AVS c/o
1 Cockpit Cottages, Cockpit Road
Great Kingshill
Bucks HP15 6ER

African Village Support is registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with registration number 1164318.


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