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.

Since 2010, Amigos has created partnerships with the local schools of South Molton, Pilton, Park and Braunton organising trips to Uganda for selected students. The students assist in sustainable projects, such as constructing eco-toilets and simple development project, learning about some of the injustices that exist globally.



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 coordinates the UK team, inspires and builds the vision of Amigos, helping to develop new and existing projects. Born in Ilfracombe, Phil worked in retail for 10 years before spending 30 years in the print industry. Phil has worked full time for Amigos since 2009, dropping to part time in 2020. 

Adilla Allebone-Parish – Communications and Fundraising 

With a background in marketing, programme development and project management, Adilla is passionate about bringing equity to an unjust world. She has worked with charities in Uganda, Cambodia and the UK and brings with her communications and projects experience. 

Adilla’s role includes trust fundraising, communication and marketing, providing assistance with programme development, monitoring, evaluation and learning, which are critical to ensure the best use of donors’ funds, gaining the best possible results from the charity’s activities.

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.


ANGUS THOMSON – Consultant

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 (Chairperson)

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.


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.


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 – Consultant

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 worked for Amigos for 8 years primarily in communications and trust fundraising. She is now training to become a social worker.

Phil Pugsley – CEO

As above.


Roger Bartlett - Events, Fundraising and Tools (Volunteer)

Before joining Amigos, Roger had 30 wonderfully fulfilling years in the Devon and Cornwall Police Force. Since 2017 Roger has led a small team of men to deliver our amazing 'Strength' programme to the young male trainees at Kira Farm. Roger loves the heart of Amigos and how it transforms lives ‘from the inside out’ and moves people from 'dependence to dignity'. Roger is married to Rebecca and they have three children.

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

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 (Volunteer)

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.

ANDREW FRIEND BSc (Agric.Hons), MSc (Trop.Agric), Ph.D (Trop.Vet.Med.Hon) - International Development Advisor

Andrew has over forty years of experience working overseas in agricultural reconstruction, specialising in animal production, tropical veterinary and crop cultivation. His work has taken him all over the world, including East Africa. Andrew has worked for the FAO, UN, DFID, The World Bank and IFAD Procurement, Send A Cow, World Vision and Tearfund. Andrew is also an active farmer and member of the NFU and farms with his son William in North Devon. His extensive knowledge of agriculture and development coupled with experience with international aid makes him a valuable consultant to Amigos.