Meet the Team
Sandy Lesley
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Sandy Lesley
Trustee

Sandy is a retired, qualified teacher & school Trustee who has worked in a variety of relevent contexts within the UK, including in secondary education, adult education, further education & charity management. During her career, Sandy held senior management positions as a Governor of a successful secondary school and an education consultant to UK local government. She leads the PWA 'Schools Partnership Programme' and is a Founder & Trustee of PWA.

Karen Craig
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Karen Craig
Trustee

Karen worked as a qualified social worker, supporting vulnerable families and children in the UK for several decades, closely liaising with parents and schools. She understands the barriers that prevent children accessing education and provides insights to PWA into how these can be overcome. Now retired, Karen provides invauable fundraising, strategy and general administrative support for the UK Board. Karen is a compassionate and life-long advocate of social equality and the support of young children through structured social development.

Julie Gilson
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Julie Gilson
Trustee

Julie is a highly respcted UK academic, currently holding the post of Vice Chancellor for the Universiy of Birmingham, a top 10 UK University, with expertise in political science and governance and a remit as Vice Chancellor to focus on the 'student experience'. Julie therefore drives PWA's ability to design and deliver work experience partnerships with UK universities looking to achieve that all important 'first step' for her students in to grass-roots, International Development field work.

Sena Gbedemah
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Sena Gbedemah
Trustee

Sena is a Director in a consulting firm where he reviews and advises on £multi-million infrastructure/capital projects. As a native Ghanaian, Sena has delivered multiple, senior level projects and assignments across West Africa. Sena has first-hand experience and a passion for making education accessible by focusing on the fund raising aspects of PWA's work, in particular identifying and securing corporate funding and corpoprate partnerships as part of PWA's inclusive, multi-culural, partnership approach to interntional development.

Jackie Hassan
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Jackie Hassan
Trustee
Jackie is a Facilities Manager in the UK public sector working in social housing for vulnerable families and in nursery pre-school education in teaching, class-room suport and policy positons. Jackie supports PWA's fundraising and our International Schools Partnership Scheme, which partners Ghananian schools & students with their peers from the international community. Jackie holds an Honours Degree in International Studies and demonstrates a great passion for PWA's projects and the young children we support.
Sarah Turrell
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Sarah Turrell
Trustee

Sarah joined our team after volunteering with PWA in Ghana. Her passion for our organisation and the work it does was clear from day 1, and Sarah's experience in the education sector - particuarly in the field of Special Educational Needs - makes her a highly valuable team member in PWA's work to support vulnerable pre-school children and to break down the barriers to access effectve education. Sarah promotes the celebration of child rights and child development, while helping PWA develop and improve all aspects of our Daycare & Nursery Centre & our other youth-led development projects.

Matt Craig
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Matt Craig
CEO - Ghana

After leaving the UK private sector, designing & delivering £multi-million enviornmental projects, Matt has become a leading voice in the debtae regarding international development & ethical volunteering. Matt's passion for international development led to him founding PWA in 2013 and managing the organisation on a day-to-day basis ever since. After completing his MSc. in International Development, Matt has beeen listed as one of the University of Birmingham's 'Top 50 Alumni Heroes of all Time' for his work in child poverty & child rights.

George McClelland
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George McClelland
Special Advisor

George is a retired Engineer with decades of senior management level experience completing £multi-national engineering projects across the globe. George offers PWA invaluable technical support and project implementation expertise, ranging from project design, logistics and procurement. As is the case with ALL PWA Trustees, George works on a 100% vountary, unpaid basis, self-funding his work and contributions to our charity. George has been an invaluable member of he PWA family from the beginning.

Inusah Amidu
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Inusah Amidu
Project Manager

Inusah is PWA's Project Manager with vast experience designing and implementing grass roots development projects in healthcare, youth development, community liaision, and monitoring & evaluation, with an eviable record working for organisations such as the Ghana Red Cross & other leading local and international NGOs. Inusah is responsible on a day-to-day basis for designing, managing and reviewing PWA's projects and programmes and provides an invaluable skill set to deliver sustainable and 'locally owned' projects.

Sophie Ashmore
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Sophie Ashmore
Volunteer & Duty Manager

After volunteering with PWA on three seperate occaisions, we finally convinced Sophie to join the PWA family full-time in 2016. A qualified dietitian, with years of experience in the UK charitable sector, Sophie ensures all our volunteers receive the highest standards of preparation, care and attention. Sophie will keep you safe, confident and effective during your uniquely designed volunteer placement that will showcase your individual expertise & offer the maximum benefit to the children & families PWA supports.

Jean Emile Mba
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Jean Emile Mba
Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator

A current PHD candidate in Child Protection, working with PWA on a one year temporary contract, to update, oversee and complete our project monitoring & evaluation policies and practices, Jean brings policy expertise which allows PWA to work closely with the community, our funding partners and our operational partners, to effectively assess our work for its impact, efficieny, and to ensure organisational cultural retention and improvement, through effective M&E approaches.

Comfort Korkor Agbenorsi
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Comfort Korkor Agbenorsi
Nursery Supervisor

'Connie' is currently the acting supervisor at our Daycare & Nursery for Vulnerable Children. She completed Junior Secondary education and was recruited & trained by us in 2014, as part of our policy of recruiting & training local community members to generate improved local capacity. Connie has been with the PWA Daycare Centre from Day 1, bringing creative programming and dedication to providing a stimulating, creative environment for the c. 100 pre-school children PWA cares for on a daily basis.

Elizabeth Big Lizzy Lamptey
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Elizabeth 'Big Lizzy' Lamptey
Nursery Teacher - Kindergarten

Big Lizzy, also recruited from the local community and trained by PWA, has the ability to make every child laugh, learn and feel comfortable. Her natural and genuine interest in each child is is what makes our KG2 class such a safe and nurturing experience. Lizzy consistantly demonstrates her belief in creative education and her dedication to find new & innovative, low cost soltutions for the chidlren to learn through play. She has a wonderful way of making every child feel included and valued and brings tremedous warmth to the class-room.

Elizabeth Small Lizzie Mensah
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Elizabeth 'Small Lizzie' Mensah
Nursery Teacher - Creche

'Small Lizzie', after completing Senior Secondary School, and also recruited and trained through PWA's inintiative of employing local community members, is now a full time nursery teacher at the PWA Daycare & Nursery Centre for Vulnerable Children. She has the ability to nurture and stimulate children in the creche department, looking after around 30x 2 to 3 years olds from Monday to Friday. We are thrilled to benefit from the creative learning and play solutions Lizzie designs & delivers year round.

Pascalina Naa Tagoe
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Pascalina 'Naa' Tagoe
Kitchen & Domestic Manager

Naa's key role is making sure that PWA's Daycare & Nursery Centre's Feeding Programme, along with the food for our staff & volunteers receive, is nutritious, hygienic, and delivered to the highest possible standards. Naa is always smiling and makes the kitchen the 'heart of the home', a lovely place to relax and enjoy a meal with colleagues and fellow volunteers each evening, and a pleasure to be around who will lend her hand to anything she can and help anyone who asks! A real aset to our Ghana family!

Issac Tagoe
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Issac Tagoe
Care Taker

Issac is responsible for the maintenance, repairs, up-keep and safety at our volunteer guest house and Daycare & Nursery Centre in our Kokrobite compound. He is a gentle and quiet family man, who lives and works in the compound and is always available to help our volunteers and other team members. Issac lives with his young family at our compound and again is an example of a local community member recruied and trained by PWA to create local employment and skilled job training opportunities.

Larry Big Chris
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Larry 'Big Chris'
Security Guard

Chris has worked with a number of NGOs in Ghana to implement projects and manage the security of international volunteers. Chris works with PWA on an ad-hoc basis, present when there may be a need for security oversight during our field-based projects & programmes, but Chris is also our represntative to the rural community of Opeikuma, where he lives and is respected, holding a close workking relationship with the local Chief and Elders.

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