Alan Davies (Chair of the board of trustees) Alan

Following his degree in Statistics, Alan spent over 30 years in the Civil Service, 20 of which were spent in senior positions in the Departments of Education, Business and their predecessors. During this time he acquired experience and skills in project management, HR, policy development and analysis. Alan settled near Bakewell over 25 years ago, has been a Trustee of Village Aid for 5 years and was elected Chair in 2013.  Previously, he volunteered for the organisation, has chaired several sub-committees and provided a link between Village Aid’s volunteers and the Board. Alan has visited partners and projects in the Gambia and Sierra Leone and hopes to return to West Africa soon.


David PhillipsDave P

David has been a supporter of Village Aid for over 20 years, has been actively involved in fundraising and project work for the past 7 years and has been a Trustee since 2010. He has recently retired from the University of Sheffield where he was Reader in Social Policy. In the three years before he retired David took groups of students to rural Gambia to meet local people and workers at Agency for Village Support (AVISU) who undertake projects in partnership with Village Aid.




David Winder



We are proud to announce the addition of David Winder to our board of trustees. David has had a long and exciting career in International Development, living in multiple countries across South America and Asia and working for organisations such as Oxfam and Water Aid.

David is a passionate supporter of Village Aid and a wonderful asset to our board.




Some of our Volunteers

David DrewDave D

David has been working for Village Aid for six years and coordinates the research and evaluation team. This includes the project on the farmer-grazer conflict in North West Cameroon. His background is in social research in universities and the Civil Service and includes lecturing at the university of Sierra Leone. His research in the noughties was on ‘race’, education and employment in the UK.






Lyndsey MclellanLyndsey

Lyndsey worked for Village Aid in 2015 after returning from working in Uganda as a public health nutritionist. After moving on in September 2016, Lyndsey continues to volunteer with us heading up our schools programme. She’s currently recruiting volunteers to join her team!

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Poppy GilbertPoppy

Poppy joined Village Aid in Summer 2015 to develop our links with businesses, individuals and community groups. She is responsible for developing and delivering our campaigns and fundraising strategy. Poppy is a passionate advocate for Village Aid’s approach having spent time travelling and volunteering with rural communities in Eastern and Southern Africa.

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Chrissy Cattle


Chrissy joined Village Aid as the new Supporter Care and Fundraising Assistant in September 2016, working closely with current supporters to help develop Village Aid’s identity in the region.  Chrissy completed her MSc Environmental Change & International Development from the University of Sheffield in September last year and has since been gaining experience in fundraising and supporter relations with other international development organisations in Sheffield. She also spent the first four months of this year working as a Team Leader on the ICS Entrepreneur program with Raleigh International in Tanzania, leading a group of volunteers to deliver a livelihoods programme with rural youth.

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