In the UK, Ashanti Development is a 100% volunteer force. All money raised is spent directly for the benefit of Ashanti villages.
It is run by a small management team and by long-term, unpaid volunteers, including those pictured below. Many of these volunteers run their own projects under the Ashanti Development umbrella.
Co-founder and Director
Martha is the Leader of the Church of Grace International, with over forty congregations in the UK and Ghana. She works as a childminder for the London Borough of Camden.
Co-founder and Director
Penny was a director of Strategy for Success, a consultancy which developed corporate strategies in the supply chains of major retail and automotive clients.
Professor David Rees
Chair of Ashanti Development
Helen is a consultant in respiratory diseases at UCLH, and runs Ashanti Development's primary healthcare work.
Zoe is a software engineer who organises a sponsored walk for Ashanti Development every year.
Chris Hartley-Sharpe and his partner Helen Booth lead Ashanti Development's work on primary health care.
Judy runs fund-raising concerts for Ashanti Development.
Jonathan is a lawyer who works as a Senior Counsel for the Royal Bank of Scotland. He initially studied Mathematics at Oxford University, before qualifying in Law at the College of Law. He has worked for around 16 years in a number of legal and banking roles.
Dawn is organising twinning arrangements for UK and Ashanti schools.
Ashkan is an eye specialist, working at Moorfields and UCLH.
Barrie is Ashanti Development’s representative in the North of England. Barrie and his Rotary Club in Leigh are delighted to have been the pilot organisation involved in 'Adopt a Village' which has been very successful in Bimma.
Accounting Technician who helps auditing and reviewing various accounting systems within the charity.
Ab organises the opticians who distribute secondhand prescription spectacles in Ashanti.
Jeremy is a surveyor who has worked on the clinic building.
Holly teaches English, reading and writing in Ashanti schools.
Kathy is a secondary school teacher.
Peter taught Gyetiase Primary 3 in summer 2010 and went back again in 2011.
Simon is a hydrogeologist, who also finds sponsors who will provide poor families with five years free National Health Insurance.
Jennifer specialises in setting up microcredit schemes.
Sally volunteered as a teacher of English and Art for 6 months in 2011. She taught at the Primary and JHS in Gyetiase and the Primary in Bimma.
Isebail runs a microcredit project now extending over six villages.
Nathan helps out with our website and social media and assisted Nicholas with projects in Ashanti for 6 months in 2011.
Andy builds second-hand computers for us.
Nicky is a children’s nurse, specialising in development.
Susan is a doctor, who for us concentrates on back care – a major problem for village women carrying loads on their heads.
Matt taught art and geography in Gyetiase in 2010.
Paul is developing a bee keeping project for the Ashanti Development villages.
Dave is a long-term teacher-trainer working in Ashanti.
Izzy is a terrific fund-raiser.
Paul runs the Ashanti Development stall.
Kwame is responsible for liaison with Ghanaians living in the UK.
Ruth is a nurse and also fund-raises for us.
Not shown above:
- Bob Freeman is our accountant
- Paula Jones-Syed is an optician, working for SpecSavers
- James Lalor is a hydrogeologist
- Ernestina Mensah helps run a stall for us twice a month
- Vicky Coy is a hydrogeologist