Who we are Our team in the UK Our team in the UK At Amigos we run a tight ship with just four staff members (three of whom are part-time). We are fortunate to be blessed with a small army of highly skilled volunteers who keep our running costs low, ensuring maximum funds can be ploughed into our projects in Uganda. We work out of a small office-space in Barnstaple, North Devon, and wherever possible we liaise with other organisations, businesses, schools and churches of the South West. Since 2010, Amigos has created a partnership with the local schools of South Molton, Pilton and Braunton to organise trips to Uganda for selected students. The students assist in sustainable projects, such as constructing bio-sand water filters, and are exposed to some of the injustices that exist globally. STAFF PHIL PUGSLEY – CEO Phil founded Amigos in 2000. With his wife Ann they have a strong belief that everyone is of value despite their background, circumstances or lack of education. Coupled with their Christian faith and practical skills, Amigos has gone from strength to strength touching the lives of many thousands of Ugandans of all ages. Phil is responsible for researching overseas development and raising funds through income-generating projects. He is also the main coordinator for the UK team. Phil works to inspire and build a vision for Amigos, and develop new and existing projects. Born in Ilfracombe, Phil worked in retail for 10 years before spending 30 years in the print industry. Since January 2009 he has worked full time for Amigos. RACHEL LEWIS – Communications and Fundraising Officer Rachel has over 15 years' experience as a journalist for national magazines and newspapers. For part of this time she worked in the media team at Christian Aid, London. This role involved delivering stories about Christian Aid partners from all over the world to major news outlets in print, TV and radio. Rachel is now employed by Amigos on a part-time basis working primarily in communications and trust fundraising. MICHAELA SQUIRE – Office Manager (Child Sponsorship) Michaela volunteered with Amigos for a number of years before joining our small team part-time. She plays an invaluable role heading up our Child Sponsorship programme and managing our UK office. Michaela communicates with sponsors, ensuring children’s letters are distributed and liaises with the Child Sponsorship team in Uganda. She is a ray of sunshine in the UK office and her dedication and eye for detail is fundamental to the success of the programme. If you call the office, it's likely you'll speak to our lovely Michaela! STEVE SCOFFIELD – Director of Finance Steve, a Chartered Account, is a part-time member of staff with a huge amount of experience in the charity sector, both in accounting and HR. He has worked as Finance Manager at The National Autistic Society and The Lee Abbey Fellowship, and was a Trustee and Treasurer at the North Devon Hospice. Steve takes care of everything from banking through to production and analysis of financial reports. TRUSTEES ANGUS THOMSON – Chairman Angus was born in South Africa and has seen first-hand the injustices poverty causes. He brings his creative gifting and business skills to Amigos, helping to develop effective strategies both here and in Uganda. Angus and his wife Claire are passionate about caring for the disadvantaged. GLYN BROOKE - Consultant Glyn brings to Amigos his unique ability to ‘think outside the box’. Having spent most of his life in farming, he has more recently turned his attention to the world’s need for renewable power technology. Glyn’s ability and understanding is invaluable, as we are always looking for new and fresh ideas to combat poverty. ANDREW FRIEND Ph.D - International Development Advisor Before joining Amigos Andrew had an intense and varied career. He has over thirty years of experience working overseas in agricultural reconstruction, specialising in animal production, tropical veterinary work and crop cultivation. His work has taken him all over the world, including a number of countries in East Africa. Andrew has worked for many organisations, including the FAO, UNHCR, World Bank Procurement, World Vision and Tearfund. His extensive knowledge of agriculture and development coupled with experience with international aid organisations makes him a valuable asset to the Amigos board of trustees. BEN CAMPBELL-COLQUHOUN - Strategic Planning Ben is a Colonel in the British Army, specialising in operational planning, organisational change, strategic communications, and training and development. Notably, he was the lead planner for the UK's military drawdown in Afghanistan. Ben is passionate about the work Amigos is doing in Uganda and has delivered training in management and organisational planning with Amigos' staff at Kira Farm Development Centre. SIAN CAMPBELL-COLQUHOUN - Fundraising Since becoming a trustee in 2015, school teacher Sian, wife to Ben, has been an avid fundraiser for Amigos. Sian also helps run the Inspire programme at Kira Farm Development Centre - teaching our female trainees about their true value and worth so they can go on to achieve their God-given potential. CHRISTINE CHANDLER - Farming Consultant Christine and her husband Sam run an organic beef, poultry and arable farm in Mid Devon. They have both visited Kira Farm many times, advising on sustainable agriculture and assisting with Kira's farming curriculum. Christine is a Lay Minister in her local church, working with young people in challenging circumstances. She has found that real change comes through an holistic approach, helping people develop spiritually, practically and emotionally. She feels privileged to be part of the Amigos team, witnessing huge change as young people are supported towards wholeness in every area of their lives. RACHEL LEWIS – Communications and Fundraising As above. Phil Pugsley – CEO As above. VOLUNTEERS LIZ SLOCOMBE – Data input and Records Officer (Volunteer) Liz is a faithful volunteer at the Amigos office and has the very important job of inputting bank data and looking after our child sponsors and donor database. Liz is a retired Primary School teacher, and has spent her working life teaching children aged 4-11 years. VAL BISHOP – Fundraising and Development Consultant (Volunteer) Val has worked within the education and charity sectors for the past 15 years. She has had a variety of roles in communications, project management and fundraising, including spending six years with an international development charity in Bristol, and four years as manager of West Buckland School Foundation. She is currently Programmes Director at Somerset Community Foundation. Val is trustee of a number of small charities in the South West. She has volunteered for Amigos since 2013: ‘The work of Amigos, and the ethos which underpins it, is inspiring – I am proud to be able to contribute in any way I can.’ SAM CHANDLER – Agriculture Advisor Volunteer Sam provides direction and consultation for the agricultural aspects of Kira Farm Development Centre. Sam runs an organic farm with his wife Christine near Chulmleigh, North Devon, and their main enterprise is an organic free range poultry unit. Sam has been instrumental in setting up a number of poultry projects at Kira Farm and continues to provide agricultural direction. Stephen Dove – Solicitor Stephen is a Partner in one of North Devon’s largest legal practices. He has wide experience of the charity sector and has served as Chairman and Trustee of a number of local charities. He was one of the founding trustees of Children’s Hospice South West, now a major charity, and was very closely involved with that project over a 15 year period. Stephen is an active member of his local Church and balances his professional and family life with a long-term passion to help the poor and disadvantaged. He brings to Amigos his legal skills and significant experience in business management.