Project Possible is run by a team of committed, 'everyday' individuals - including trustees, staff and volunteers. Here are a few of them...
Andy joined as CEO for the second time in 2018, having previously taken on the role from founder Michael Wood. He has extensive strategic experience in leading Christian charities with an international focus travelling widely to work with local partners. Like them, he cares deeply for justice, but is sparked by advocating a small is beautiful, sustainable approach, which is why he feels so at home working for Project Possible. He says; “God’s small spark many years ago, prompting me to get involved with international development, has been fanned into flame by the privilege of working with a great team here in the UK and being united in faith and practical endeavour with some inspirational individuals around the world”.
Debbie works closely with our partners and is responsible for ensuring that our projects are developed in line with Project Possible’s mission. She uses her project management skills to maintain financial accountability and a focus on measuring and evaluating impact. Debbie grew up in Peru and is fluent in Spanish. She has many years’ experience working in Peru in the fields of education, discipleship and micro-enterprise and on her return to the UK she managed a healthcare partnerships programme in sub-Saharan Africa. Her spark comes from her experience of living between Peru and UK. She loves to immerse herself in other people’s worlds and is enthusiastic about building diverse multi-cultural partnerships, strongly committed to creating sustainable opportunities, so that a person can live a dignified life.
Amos works closely with our partners, building strong relationships and coaching them in their project design, delivery and reporting with a focus on achieving sustainable outcomes.
Amos grew up in Chad and is fluent in French and seven Chadian languages. He has many years’ experience working in the fields of Bible Translation, literacy, and community health programmes. He is recognised in the Chadian evangelical church, as a leader with a passion for encouraging local church communities to use local resources to achieve holistic mission. From a young age Amos has a desire that every person has the dignity of self-sufficiency. He cites his mother as being his spark, striving to farm her land and provide for the family with dignity, after his father died when Amos was 5 years old.
Wendy has been with the charity for 10 years and as a result knows our supporters very well. She has many years’ prior experience in administration and is thrilled to apply her skills in running the operational aspects of the charity. Wendy is an expert in detail and her spark is to ensure we are as effective administratively as possible to ensure real and lasting change is brought to those we support. She loves to hear the changes brought about to lives and communities as a result of our work.
Bringing a wealth of experience as a qualified accountant, Natasha ensures that the monies raised are used to achieve long-term sustainability to the projects supported. Natasha’s spark has always been about the individual stories from our partners – someone having an opportunity, being able to do something for the first time, a girl who is given the chance of an education or a woman setting up a business. She is inspired by the bravery of the people supported and is encouraged that playing her part in Project Possible impacts so many lives.
Vanessa assists in the charity’s administrative functions. Vanessa has an academic background in Global Health, has had the opportunity to work cross culturally due to her Ugandan background and is eager to experience other cultures through her work. Her spark is knowing that her daily contribution to Project Possible is touching the lives of individuals across the world and like others in the team her greatest spark comes from hearing the amazing impact achieved as a result of our support.
Jenny has been working at the charity for 7 years and has worked in fundraising for a range of charities for close to 30 years. Her own personal experience of caring for family members with disabilities, has left her with a deep desire that all have access to the same opportunities. She loves sharing stories of transformation that spark a connection between supporters in the UK with those in overlooked communities overseas.
Amy has several years’ experience in marketing, advertising and branding working across several industries including retail and healthcare. She loves that her skills are now being used to change people’s lives across the world through her work for Project Possible. Her spark comes from hearing individual stories from partners particularly those stories around our education projects that help put children and young people on an exciting life trajectory.
As our Trusts Fundraiser, Jess seeks support from Trusts and Foundations, helping to continue the impactful work of our international partners. With an educational background in Sociology, her spark is seeing our projects address significant social issues and knowing we are making lasting change in communities across the world. She loves to hear the updates from our partners and knowing her skills are making a difference.
Philip has been a Trustee of the charity for seven years. A retired Civil Engineer, he is passionate about helping disadvantaged people see their dreams made possible. For Philip, a lasting spark came from visiting our partners in Kenya, who are delivering life changing surgery for children with the club foot condition. This visit followed a sponsored climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, which had helped to raise funds for our project in Uganda training and mentoring local farming communities.
A qualified Chartered Accountant with a Diploma in Charity Accounting, Charles has close to 40 years’ experience in audit, accounts and tax across a large number of commercial and not for profit organisations including charities. This has included 10 years as Director of Finance for a large charity. Now retired, Charles is Trustee to a number of charities including Project Possible. As well as assisting our finance team, Charles is responsible for the preparation of the annual accounts and their audit and advising the Trustee Board on a whole host of matters including the provision of monthly management information and oversight of the charity’s investment portfolio. Whilst acknowledging everything that has been achieved in the past, Charles is excited to be involved with Project Possible and its impact for our projects, partners and supporters. Big change comes from small beginnings and it just needs a spark to get such changes started!
Tony has had a career in marketing and communications and continues to work as an external expert to the European Commission on food promotion programmes. He volunteers for charities including Project Possible, developing prayer resources and providing translation work for partners in Latin America. Along with his wife he writes worship songs. His original spark for the charity was hearing Michael Wood speak, which led to Tony preaching at local churches. His spark now is being part of a team who share the same compassionate heart for Christ by delivering practical support to marginalised individuals and communities. But most of all his spark is to share the love of Christ that he has so freely received.
Kaye has been a Trustee for 5 years and is a retired G.P. In 2016 she was part of a small group from her church who visited our project in Uganda, working with local farming communities. Kaye found the experience an awesome and humbling one. As well as being a Trustee for Project Possible, Kaye has fundraised for a hospital in Ethiopia. She sees her spark as helping people to ignite their ambitions, alongside nurturing and supporting them on their journey.
John is a Christian minister whose spark is a passion to make Jesus known and help people grow in Christ. He has been involved in churches in inner city Manchester, North East Brazil, for many years in Chesham, and soon to move to SW London. He loves being on the board of Project Possible, seeing how God takes the smallest sparks of creativity and energy, and turns them into life transforming projects all around the world.
John is a Christian minister who pastors a Baptist church in East Berks. His fellowship has supported the work and ministry of Project Possible for many years. John was delighted to be invited to become a trustee for Project Possible and hopes to be able play an encouraging role in this life changing, well established charity.