Meet Our Board
Our Board of Trustees is committed to ensuring that Link's work throughout sub-Saharan Africa is as effective and sustainable as ever. Please find out more about our Board Members below.
Mr Alasdair Beaton
Alasdair Beaton is the chairman of the Link Community Development board. Alasdair joined the board in 2014, following a 43 career in aviation as a pilot. With considerable experience in marketing and a being a knowledgeable decision-maker, Alasdair is passionate about pursuing education as a means of development in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular interest in supporting women in their local communities.
Professor Martyn Roebuck
Professor Martyn Roebuck is the former chairman of the Link Community Development board. Martyn has 24 years’ experience in inspection services in Scotland and Malawi, and is an expert in educational improvement. With extensive experience in the management of educational change, including the introduction of new technologies into learning and teaching, Martyn has given expert advice to various Government Departments, the European Union, and the British Council.
Mr Mark Beaumont
Mark qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Edinburgh in 1986. For much of his professional career, he has worked in the NHS and in the Finance departments of both Bank of Scotland and Royal Bank of Scotland. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland. Mark became Chair of the Financial Committee in 2013 once joining the newly formed Link Community Development International board in the same year. Mark is a keen cyclist and has ridden to raise money for Link in both Malawi and Scotland.
Mr Roger Cunningham
Roger joined the board in June 2016. As a former Senior Education Adviser with DFID in India, Pakistan and the Caribbean and a National Expert to the European Commission as Education Adviser Southern Africa, he brings considerable knowledge and experience to the Link Community Development International board.
Dr Gari Donn
Gari has extensive experience in the field of education having taught BSc (Hons) and MSc programmes at the University of Edinburgh in the field of the Sociology of Education and International Education. Having worked with Ministers of Education throughout the Commonwealth through the Higher Education Desk of the Commonwealth Secretariat, Gari is now active in the United Nations Association as a convenor representing Scotland on the UNA UK Board of Governors. Gari has valuable knowledge and skills that are advantageous for Link.
Ms Elaine Graham
Elaine is a Senior Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP. Admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 1985, Elaine is a vastly experienced and valuable member of the Link board.
Mr Chris O'Brien
Chris joined the board in December 2016, bringing vast experience of networking, project management and leadership to Link Community Development International. As the chair of the Income Generation Committee, Chris is helping Link to generate new contacts and seek funding opportunities to increase our impact across sub-Saharan Africa.
Ms Seonaid Crosby
Seonaid is a member of the Institute of chartered Accountants of Scotland qualifying with PwC in 2013 and currently working within the Scottish Futures Trust’s (SFT) Education team where she is involved in the Early Learning and Childcare expansion programme.
Mr Fergus Mackintosh
Fergus is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors with 28 years’ experience in UK and International property and finance. His most recent role was Head of Real Estate, Africa for the Standard Bank Group, managing the Bank’s lending and investment business across the African continent.
Mr Richard Santandreu
Richard is an experienced IT professional and businessman. Richard has a wide range of charitable interests.
Ethiopia Advisory Committee
Dr Rahel Bekele, Chair of the Advisory Committee
Associate Professor, School of Information Science, Addis Ababa University.
Mr Marcos Lake, Financial Adviser
Managing Director, Intercontinental Consultants, former Assistant Director Resources at British Council and former Finance Manager at International Red Cross
Dr Mulumebet Zenebe, Gender Adviser
Assistant Professor, Center for Gender Studies, College of Development Studies, Addis Ababa University
Mr Assefa Beyene, Education Adviser
Former Education Programme Manager, Save the Children Norway and former head of the Institute of Curriculum Development and Research at the Federal Ministry of Education
Mr Mikael Berhanu, Legal Adviser
Former Head of Labour Affairs in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and former Registrar with the High Court at the Ministry of Justice
Mr Charles Aheto-Tsegah, Chair of the Board
Former Director General of the Ghana Education Service of the Ministry of Education.
Dr Francis Owusu-Mensah, Board Member
Senior Lecturer in Educational Management and Adult Learning
Mr Emmanuel Benning, Board Member
Chartered Accountant by profession with over 25 years experience in financial accounting
Dr. Simeon Hau, Chair of the Board
Mr Kenneth Longden, Board Member
Mr Feston Kaupa, Board Member
Ms Brenda Sulamoyo, Board Member
Ms Frances Atima, Chair of the Board
Principle Inspector of Schools for the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sport.
Mr Moses Otyek, Deputy Chair of the Board
Retired Director of Education Standards for the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sport.
Mr Ziriko Kamya, Board Treasurer
Retired Senior Accountant for the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sport.
Dr Sarah Kyobe, Board Member
Health Specialist for the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sport.
Mr Joseph Eilor, Board Member
Assistant Commissioner for the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sport.
Mr Ignatius Odongo, Board Member
Consultant on Organisations Strategic Management and Development.