Oliver Brendon
Chair

Oliver is a Co founder of the ATD Foundation and has been the vision and energy behind its mission.  He is also Founder & CEO of the successful e-commerce company Attraction Tickets Direct.  Oliver has been progressively more involved in the support of charity projects across Zambia. With a heart-warming ambition for improving the quality of Zambian children’s lives through water, sanitation and football projects, he is channelling his passion to change lives.

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Joe Thompson
Treasurer

Joe is a qualified chartered accountant, training with KPMG before pursuing a career in Corporate Finance. He worked at a number of blue-chip Investment Banks including Dresdner Kleinwort, Lloyds and Investec providing strategic and financial advice to UK and International companies. During his career Joe has acted on corporate transactions worth over £45 billion. He is now an independent Corporate Finance consultant advising companies on capital raisings and strategy.

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Sasha Brendon
Trustee

Since her first trip abroad at the age of 13, Sasha has had a passion for travel and exploring new and interesting destinations around the world. She has always worked in the travel industry and, before having children, loved her role as Product Manager for a U.S. travel company which enabled her to travel regularly throughout North America. Now a mother of three, she understands the challenges of raising little ones and, on visiting Zambia, has been particularly moved by the issues faced by the children, many of whom are orphans.

Pete Edwards
Trustee

Pete is CEO at Engine Media UK, a subsidiary of The Engine Group, the UK's largest unlisted marketing, advertising and media services group.  He leads a portfolio of media brands, including an adtech platform in the UK, Europe and Australasia, a media planning and buying business and a strategy consultancy. Concurrently he is also Chief Strategy Officer also at The Engine Group and is responsible for business management and strategy leadership. Prior to Engine, Pete founded a communications planning consultancy called EGS, which he sold to the Engine Group in 2009. Outside of work, Pete enjoys playing golf badly, running adequately and appreciating wine, extensively.

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Chibwe Henry
Trustee

Chibwe is an experienced and innovative NGO and International Development management professional with a strong track record of working for and building local, national and international charities and grant-makers. She is Partnership Manager for the Department for International Development (DFID) at Comic Relief, a major grant making charity based in the UK which strives to create a just world free from poverty. Chibwe leads a complex £25m plus portfolio of grants, All In, All Learning!, across nine African countries that is jointly funded by Comic Relief and DFID. The programme aims to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for the poorest and most disadvantaged, whilst building stronger and more inclusive education systems in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to Comic Relief, Chibwe founded and led an African Diaspora-led INGO based in the UK, Diaspora for African Development (DfAD). Outside of work, Chibwe enjoys listening to audiobooks, reconnecting with nature and learning about new cultures around the world.

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Kanya Manoj
Trustee

Kanya began her career in investment banking with Morgan Stanley and has since worked extensively in international development and healthcare sectors as a strategy consultant with Booz Alllen Hamilton and subsequently, as a program manager for Clinton Health Access Initiative. Through these roles, she has worked across a range of projects at the national and international policy levels including organizational transformation for the US Military Health System, roll-out of National Health Insurance in South Africa, and strategic planning for the newly launched ATScale, a global partnership aimed at reaching 500 million people worldwide with life-changing assistive technologies by 2030. Having lived and worked in four continents, Kanya has always been deeply invested in international development issues and is passionate about finding ways to support vulnerable populations through meaningful and sustained social change.

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Jake Criswick
Charity Manager

Jake is our Charity Manager who ensures the smooth day-to-day running of the ATD Foundation. He first started working as a Logistician for Raleigh International in Tanzania and then for Coopération Internationale in Malawi. He then went on to Project Manage a  World Food Programme funded project in Nigeria coordinating the distribution of essential emergency aid to internationally displaced people. Jake holds a degree in Sport & Exercise Science and has coached athletes in schools and clubs in the UK and internationally. As a strong advocate for using sport for social change, Jake has been involved in the development of the Livingstone Youth Football Academy in Zambia and works closely with all other partners of the ATD Foundation. A keen athlete himself, he keeps fit by competing in triathlons and playing football.