Our Trustees

Afrinspire supports indigenous African initiatives in community development and poverty reduction.

Engaging in children’s education, women's literacy, transferring technology, and income generation, Afrinspire supports local community development initiatives at their own pace. People and projects are supported in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Tanzania and South Sudan.


Kate Gerrard

Kate Gerrard is the Chair of the Afrinspire Trustee Board and has a background in higher education and arts management, and now works for the Institute of Education, University of London.  She previously spent six years living and working in Poland, where from 2007 to 2010 she was the Director of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow.

She first became involved in Afrinspire whilst working on a project looking at comparative memory of genocide in Poland and Rwanda. Kate holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham, where she also completed her undergraduate studies, and has a masters degree from the University of Oxford.



Ian SandersonIan Sanderson is the Chief Executive Officer and a founding trustee of Afrinspire.

Ian is a Chartered Civil Engineer with specialism in water and irrigation engineering. He has also worked in ICT and Facilities within a global pharmaceutical company and carries a range of skills and knowledge from commercial business. Ian has initiated many social start-up projects, community groups and community initiatives and is currently a trustee of three UK charities.

Ian has lived and worked in Swaziland and also been a regular visitor to East Africa during the past 13 years. Ian currently volunteers as a development consultant with Afrinspire.



Annie DevonportAnnie Devonport is the Humanitarian Programmes Advisor to the Disaster Emergency Committee. She joined the DEC in 2007 after returning from six years working in Africa with GOAL, an international humanitarian organisation. This followed a 3 years Voluntary Services Organisation (VSO) placement in south west Uganda where she spent her time as a community health worker with the Batwa. In her two year posting in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Annie was GOAL's Country Medical Coordinator.  

Before moving to work overseas for the VSO in 2000, Annie was a health service nurse manager in Torquay, where she had also practised as a Health Visitor. Annie was educated at Guy’s Hospital and Plymouth and Exeter Universities.



Geoff Ding

Geoff Ding is an expert Honda Motor mechanic with a wide range of practical interests. Geoff has made regular visits to Afrinspire partners in Africa. He is a key member of the computer re-cycling team who have delivered 2,000 computers to our African partners. Geoff is a founding trustee of Afrinspire.






Clara ThompsonClara Thompson is the Secretary of the charity and became an Afrinspire trustee following a student visit to Uganda in summer 2010. The trip rounded off three years of involvement in international development at Cambridge University, through CUiD (Cambridge University International Development Society), the Queens’ and Clare Overseas Education Fund and the Karen Hilltribes Trust. Since graduating she has worked at the Leaders’ Quest Foundation on grassroots leadership development and on the UK International Rescue Committee UK and at the Cabinet Office. She is currently working on Human Rights policy at the UK Ministry of Justice.





Peter Last is the Trustee of the charity and is a Chartered Accountant who has been working in international development since selling his own successful business in 2005. He has worked in a variety of development based finance roles in Sudan, Cambodia, Pakistan, Iraq/Kuwait and is currently working with a hospital in Tanzania through VSO. He was also a Trustee for over 5 years of the Cambridge based Humanitarian Centre.






Felicity JonesFelicity Knights is a Foundation Doctor at Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She is passionate about equipping young people to improve the world that we live in, the power of relationships and community movements to affect change, and putting her Christian faith into practice. She became involved with Afrinspire as a summer intern, and also supports the student-led charity Medsin-UK, a network tackling local and global health inequities. Felicity is an ambassador for Young Charity Trustees; an organisation promoting trusteeship for young people. Aside from improving health overseas, her interests within medicine are gravitating towards geriatrics, clinical leadership and medical education.





Dennis WhitfieldDennis Whitfield is a builder and businessman who is the founder and owner of Whitfield Associates, a property lettings company with a current portfolio of 500 properties in Cambridgeshire. Dennis is a philanthropist with an interest in Africa and a strong belief in personal enterprise and hard work. Dennis is a founding trustee of Afrinspire.