New beginnings: sunrise over Bukoba, Tanzania in June 2019.

New beginnings: sunrise over Bukoba, Tanzania in June 2019.

2019 is a year of expansion and growth for Pepal as an organisation. This year, we have welcomed two non-executive directors and two board members to the team, hired a new staff member to join us in Uganda, and are busy expanding our programming to India.

New Non-Executive Directors and Board Members

At the beginning of the year, we were thrilled to welcome two new members and two non-executive directors to the boards of Pepal Foundation and Pepal Limited: Ed Marsh, CJ Green, David Savage and Natalie Nicholles. The unique insights and expertise that each of these individuals has brought to Pepal since they joined the team have been invaluable and we are excited to have them with us as Pepal grows from strength to strength!

Ed Marsh, Trustee, Pepal Foundation

Ed has thirty years’ international Human Resources leadership experience in global consumer goods and technology companies. At Nestlé Ed was Global Head of Talent and Organisation Development responsible for a complete approach to hiring, developing and empowering leadership talent for Nestlé’s 350,000 employees. Subsequently, he spent 5 years as Global Head of Human Resources.

CJ Green, Trustee, Pepal Foundation

CJ served on the Board of a global facilities management business in the UK as Chief People Officer for a 26,000 strong UK workforce. Subsequently C-J took the helm as Chief Executive and led the UK business through a period of organic and acquisitive growth from £300million turnover to £600million and was instrumental in creating a forward thinking and progressive approach to Human Resource leadership.

David Savage, Non-Executive Director, Pepal Limited

David is an independent management consultant and development economist. David has thirty years of experience across the developed and developing world, working with commercial, public sector and not-for-profit clients. David has recently worked for not-for profits in Cambodia, India, Uganda, Tanzania and Myanmar.

Natalie Nicholles, Non-Executive Director, Pepal Limited

Natalie is the Global Director at RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) responsible for developing global strategy. Natalie has published, chaired and spoken publicly on a range of topics. She launched an enterprise project for leprosy and tuberculosis charity in Bangladesh, and built a successful socio-economic impact consultancy within think tank the New Economics Foundation (NEF).

Pictured left to right: Ed March, CJ Green, David Savage, Natalie Nicholles.

Strategy Day and Theory of Change Workshop

In July and August, the Pepal team had the opportunity to work with Board members and corporate partners to strategise on Pepal’s growth plan for the next decade, as well as collaborate with ITAD ( to streamline Pepal’s Theory of Change.

Both workshops were critical to defining what makes Pepal’s mission and vision just so unique in the context of international development and public-private partnerships. We look forward to sharing developments from these workshops with you all over the coming months!

New Staff Member in Uganda

We are very excited to have a new Project Officer join the Uganda team in early October! Kim Sorenson has a degree from the University of Cambridge, and has been working in the NGO sector since graduation. He was worked with United World Schools, a UK NGO dedicated to bringing education to children living in remote communities in South East Asia. He also has experience working abroad in Cambodia and Nepal. Kim will be supporting the Uganda programmes, mainly the adolescent health programme with Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and the Cross Sector Leadership Exchange (CSLE).