Gillian Mary Brooke
Dr Charles Lane
First visited Tanzania on a mission with USPG for two years to the Diocese of Masasi in 2000 where he stayed with the CMM Sisters on a mission with USPG: Anglicans in World Mission to the Diocese of Masasi. As a result in seeing the hard work of the Sisters with little support, he founded this charity to assist their mission across all houses in Tanzania and Zambia.
Every year since then, he has returned to visit the CMM Sisters in their various locations in East Africa to follow up on projects and advise on future developments.
Dirk is a retired businessman with ten years experience of working in Africa in the banking sector and also international engineering firms.
Gillian Mary Brooke
Gill is a qualified teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages. In 2003 she visited Tanzania for the first time for three months and met CMM sisters in Kilimani, Rondo and Mtwara. She provided two short language courses and saw some of the important work in which the sisters were involved such as the heifer project, the milk, fish and milling projects. She has visited the Sisters again in August 2012. Both visits have led her to realise what huge potential the sisters have to make a difference in the areas where they work.
Matthew Hodge has been a trustee since 2017. He is a qualified accountant (CIPFA) and has 25 years’ experience of providing professional services through his work at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he was involved with assignments in international development, health, education and charities. He has worked with a number of NGOs, as well as with DFID, which has taken him to a range of countries including Tanzania. He now works as a school bursar in the independent education sector.
Jenny is currently serving as a licensed lay minister at St Peter's De Beauvoir Town in Hackney whilst working full time as a verger at St James's Church in Piccadilly. After graduating from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a degree in Drama, Jenny worked on a cruise ship and taught English in Hong Kong for 2 years. The last ten years have been spent working with adults with learning disabilities and co-coordinating a homelessness drop in centre in Islington. Jenny looks forward to getting to know the sisters.
Dr Charles Lane
Charles is a plant health scientist working in North Yorkshire, although, originally born and bred in Leamington spa. He is a Director and on the Company Board of NYBEP North Yorkshire business education partnership, nybep.org.uk. This is a not-for-profit organisation providing links between businesses and education in North Yorkshire. This is an unpaid role, which he has been doing for about three years.
He became involved in supporting the sisters in Tanzania about 10 years ago when he began sponsoring the Newala primary school at the suggestion of his father, Dick Lane, one of the founding trustees. Through contact with the school, he has hosted several visits by the Sisters over the past decade and has continued to provide support to them in their charitable work in improving health and education. With his wife Julie, he has two children, aged 16 and 19, who have given an excellent insight into the importance of a good education to achieve potential. As a family, he has been inspired by the Sisters hard work, dedication and passion to help their community and is very pleased to offer his assistance to the African Sisters.
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Trustees meeting with CMM Sisters in 2013