Meet our team

Raising Futures Kenya is a UK registered charity (no. 1181670). We work in close partnership with Kenyan NGO Raising Futures Kenya (no. OP.218/051/2003/0378/3014), and have done successfully for over 20 years.

In the UK we have 2 equivalent full-time equivalent staff. In Kenya we have 21 full-time staff. Both organisations are supported by a Board of Trustees, advisors and volunteers.

Mary Mwangi

Mary Mwangi

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mary oversees the NGO’s work in Kenya. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Mount Kenya University. She also holds a Certification on Strategic Management and Leadership from the Kenya Institute of Management. Mary has worked with Raising Futures Kenya since 2009 and has been in senior management for 7 years.

Florence Olwenge

Florence Olwenge

SEED OF HOPE MANAGER

Florence is a trained teacher and qualified counsellor, she oversees the management of our three Seed of Hope centres. Florence also supports our students with counselling, mentorship and personal guidance. Florence was one of the original members of staff to join Seed of Hope and has been with us since 2003.

Kirsty Erridge

Kirsty Erridge

CEO

Kirsty oversees strategy, financial management, fundraising and operations in the UK. She has over 13 years experience working in senior management in international NGOs in the UK and US, particularly in projects supporting women and girls in East Africa. She has a BA Degree in Psychology & Criminology and holds a fundraising qualification from the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. Kirsty joined us in July 2019.

Leela Shanti

Leela Shanti

HEAD OF FUNDRAISING AND IMPACT

Leela leads RFK’s fundraising and impact from the UK, working closely alongside our partners in Kenya. She has 10 years’ experience working in small international development charities, supporting projects in sub-Saharan Africa to improve access to education, training and enterprise. She’s excited to have joined the RFK team in November 2022.

Casey Carlos

Casey Carlos

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Casey provides support with all areas of fundraising and communications as well as with the charity’s finances. She is a MA graduate in International Development and has over 4 years’ experience in finance and fundraising roles in the international development sector. She is passionate about enabling young people to fulfil their potential. Casey joined the team in December 2022.

Meet our Seed of Hope Nairobi Team

Steve Casten Onyiro

Steve Casten Onyiro

ENTREPRENEURSHIP, FINANCIAL LITERACY & COMPUTER TEACHER

Steve teaches Entrepreneurship, Financial literacy and Computer Skills. He leads the staff team and works closely with Florence, and supports IT in Kariti and Kitui.

Jack Walumbwa

Jack Walumbwa

MOTOR VEHICLE MECHANICS AND ELECTRICALS TEACHER

Jack teaches the Motor Vehicle Mechanics course. He also provides counselling to students and leads the outreach programmes in Nairobi.

Jescah Aswani

Jescah Aswani

FASHION & FABRIC DESIGN TEACHER

Jescah teaches Fashion & Fabric Design and teaches crafts skills to other teachers. She is also responsible for the menstrual hygiene project.

Vincent Maingi

Vincent Maingi

SECURITY GUARD AND GROUNDS PERSON

Vincent provides security and protection. He is also responsible for maintenance of the site.

David Muinde

David Muinde

SECURITY GUARD AND OFFICE MESSENGER

David provides security and protection. He also carries out messenger duties for the office/management.

Elizabeth Mumbua

Elizabeth Mumbua

SECURITY GUARD AND COOK

Elizabeth is a daytime security guard providing security and protection. She also cooks the student’s free lunches.

Meet our Seed of Hope Kangweni Team Kitui

Kennedy David

Kennedy David

CENTRE MANAGER AND EFC TEACHER

Kennedy is a trained business manager and administrator. He has a passion for teaching and changing lives especially the youth. Currently he is the Entrepreneurship, Financial literacy and Computer Skills teacher and the Centre manager at Kangweni Seed of Hope.

Elizabeth Munanie

Elizabeth Munanie

FASHION AND FABRIC DESIGN TEACHER AND CURRICULUM SUPERVISOR

Elizabeth is a trained teacher and counsellor. She teaches Fashion and Fabric Design and craft skills and is responsible for ensuring the curriculum is current and implemented using the right teaching methodology.

Titus Kioko

Titus Kioko

CARPENTRY & JOINERY TEACHER

Titus teaches the Carpentry and Joinery course and provides students with counselling support. He leads on boys group counselling and leads the outreach programme in the community.

Evelyne Ngali Ngotho

Evelyne Ngali Ngotho

HAIRDRESSING AND BEAUTY THERAPY TEACHER

Evelyne teaches the Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy course. She is responsible for the menstrual hygiene project.

Wanyamu Maseki

Wanyamu Maseki

SECURITY GUARD

Wanyamu provides security and protection. He also looks after the crops on the centre farm, used for student’s lunches.

Jackson Savali

Jackson Savali

SECURITY GUARD AND GROUNDS PERSON

Jackson provides security and protection. He is also ensure the grounds are well maintained.

John Ngwisya

John Ngwisya

SECURITY GUARD AND COOK

John provides security and protection. He is also responsible for cooking the student’s free lunches.

Meet our Seed of Hope Kariti Team in Murang’a

Margaret Muthoni Mwangi

Margaret Muthoni Mwangi

CURRICULUM SUPERVISOR

Margaret is the Curriculum Supervisor at our rural Seed of Hope Centre in Kariti, Murang’a County. She also teaches Catering and Hospitality and offers counselling sessions to students.

Veronica Wangui

Veronica Wangui

HAIRDRESSING AND BEAUTY THERAPY TEACHER

Veronica teaches Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy. She is also responsible for the menstrual hygiene project.

Simon Maina

Simon Maina

SECURITY GUARD AND COOK

Simon provides security and protection. He is also responsible for cokking the student’s free lunches and helps look after crops in the centre farm.

Samuel Njoroge

Samuel Njoroge

SECURITY GUARD AND GROUNDS PERSON

Samuel provides security and protection. He also ensures the grounds are well maintained.

Stanley Mungai

Stanley Mungai

SECURITY GUARD

Stanley provides security and protection. He is also responsible for looking after the crops in the centre farm, used for the student’s lunches.

Damaris Mwangi

Damaris Mwangi

EFC TEACHER

 Damaris teaches Entrepreneurship, Financial literacy and Computer Skills. She is committed to  empowering individuals to make informed financial decisions.

Meet our UK Trustees, Advisors and Volunteers

Andy King

Andy King

CHAIR OF TRUSTEES

Andy is a charity specialist working with a range of charities. He believes deeply in our mission to support young Kenyans to shape their own future, and is constantly inspired by the stories that come through. Having won numerous awards in the sector, he is excited to drive the team forward to new heights.

Olivia Geymond

Olivia Geymond

DEPUTY CHAIR OF TRUSTEES

Olivia is a research and M&E expert, passionate about harnessing evidence to improve socio-economic programmes and policies in low- and middle-income countries. She brings extensive experience in education and youth employment. Olivia is excited to accompany RFK in nurturing an evidence-based culture.

Mike Doris

Mike Doris

TREASURER TRUSTEE

Mike is the Audit Director (Data and Analytics) for Nationwide. He has previously worked overseas and was the Treasurer for a small international development charity. Mike is the Treasurer on our Board of Trustees.

Deborah Kimathi

Deborah Kimathi

TRUSTEE

Deborah is Raising Futures Kenya’s former Field Director and is now CEO at Dignitas Project, another small Kenyan NGO. She has a Masters in Education and International Development from University College London and over fifteen years’ experience working in education and development. Debs lives in Kenya.

Manni Kuthiala

Manni Kuthiala

TRUSTEE

Manni comes with over fifteen years of experience leading cross-functional, international projects in the pharmaceutical sector. Manni believes strongly in our mission, and brings her experience of having managed models similar to Raising Futures Kenya from her corporate life.

Dan Bunter

Dan Bunter

TRUSTEE

Dan is a researcher with skills and experience in M&E and Impact Evaluation – working in Kenya, Tanzania and Sri Lanka. He is passionate about ensuring organisations are well-equipped to capture and measure the impact of their work. Dan brings his impact assessment expertise to the Board and supports us with our monitoring, evaluation and learning. Dan lives in Kenya.

John Fleming

John Fleming

TRUSTEE

John has over 20 years of Executive Level experience within the not-for-profit sector in UK, USA, UAE, Italy, India, The Netherlands & Ireland. He is the former Chief Executive of Sightsavers Ireland and is currently the CEO of Saint John of God Foundation covering UK, Netherlands, Malawi and Ireland. John is a highly skilled fundraiser and supports us with overall fundraising strategy and implementation.

Dee Russell

Dee Russell

TRUSTEE

Dee is a charity engagement strategist whose career has spanned community fundraising, corporate relationship building, brand marketing, charity comms and public mobilisation. With a particular passion for rooting decisions and operations in the lived-experiences and needs of the people charities exist for, Dee is an advocate for dismantling unhelpful power dynamics.

Advisors and Volunteers

Dr Noorzaman Rashid

Dr Noorzaman Rashid

ADVISER TO THE BOARD

Noorzaman has over 20 years board and executive level experience working across national and international organisations to improve individual, team and organisational performance. He is currently a Managing Partner of a leadership development, advisory and consultancy firm working to create sustainable organisations.

Philip Keet

Philip Keet

PATRON

A successful businessman and Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Consulting, Philip Keet was born and spent his formative years in Kenya. Established in 1995, the consultancy supports global organisations with their technology journeys by providing advice and delivering finance and technology transformation solutions.

Susan Leckey

Susan Leckey

DATA VOLUNTEER

Susan joined us in 2020 and kindly supports us with lots of data input, ensuring our database and donation data is up-to-date and accurate.

Josh Dickinson

Josh Dickinson

FUNDRAISING VOLUNTEER

Award winning fundraiser Josh has been kindly volunteering with us since October 2018. He has been supporting our Trusts, Foundations and Corporates fundraising. Josh has recently taken up a new position with Thames Valley Air Ambulance as Supporter Engagement Campaign Officer.

Meet our Kenya Board of Governance

Faith Mamicha

Faith Mamicha

CHAIR

Faith is the chairperson of the Raising Futures Kenya board. She is an international travel consultant and the Managing Director at Comity Travel Limited. She has extensive experience in policy development and project management in a career spanning more than 20years.

Faith has been a member of the Raising Futures Kenya Board for 10 years and has greatly contributed to the development and success of the organisation.

Irene Oggawa

Irene Oggawa

VICE-CHAIR

Irene is an organisational development professional with over 16 years experience working in a culturally diverse context with international development organisations. She develops and delivers interventions and solutions to support behaviour change, embed desired organisational culture and systems for greater effectiveness. She is an ICF credentialed Coach (ACC) and a certified professional group and team coach.

Edwin Kibuthu

Edwin Kibuthu

TREASURER

Edwin is a Finance, Research, Business Planning and Access to finance specialist with over 15 years of experience in employment, consulting, and training. He is a former banker and Lecturer in several universities in Kenya and currently works as an SME business Planning and Development Consultant. He is also a Certified Professional Mediator with experience in resolving workplace conflicts.

Edwin is the treasurer of Raising Futures Kenya board leading in budgetary and finance control and has been a board member since 2015.

Katherine Kiarie

Katherine Kiarie

BOARD MEMBER

Katherine is a Financial consultant with extensive work experience in the Banking Sector. Her areas of expertise and interests include Strategic Planning, Project Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation, Systems Engineering for Business Development. She has been a board member at Raising Futures Kenya and Seed of Hope for 8years and has worked with our team extensively to realise the goals of the organisation.

Lillian Wambugu

Lillian Wambugu

BOARD MEMBER

Lillian is an industrious, results oriented professional with comprehensive experience in grants/projects management and administration. She has experience in facilitating the implementation of projects throughout their life-cycle including all phases from proposal development, through pre approval, approval, commitment, monitoring & evaluation, reporting (technical & financial) and closure. Lillian has been a member of the Raising Futures Kenya Board since 2019.

Kevin Wekesa

Kevin Wekesa

BOARD MEMBER

Kevin is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and Holds a Bachelor of Law Degree (LLB) from Moi University. Kevin currently practices Law in Nairobi Kenya with an interest in Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial law, contracts law, Tax Law and Conveyancing. He is instrumental in offering volunteer legal services and advice to the Board and Raising Futures Kenya.