Who we are
The Kaloko Community
UK Donors & Supporters
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We raise money for our programmes in Zambia from a wide range of supporters. These include members of the public, schools and churches, Rotary Clubs, charitable trusts and foundations, and occasionally major donors such as Comic Relief and the UK Lottery. We also work with our partner organisations to help them raise funds from within Zambia.
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Kaloko Zambia Director
With exhaustive experience in various NGOs as Extension Officer, Resettlement Officer, Field Team Manager and Operations Manager, Willard Chitimbo joined the Kaloko team in 2014. Willard brings his valuable experience of various development situations, and has a particular interest in small scale agriculture.
'My wish is for the Kaloko Trust to continue to bring hope to the underprivileged and to effectively support the people of the area towards a sustainable future.'
Programme Delivery Team
The Programme Delivery Team in Luansobe/Kashitu is made up of talented and committed Zambians. They are responsible for the cross-section of jobs that the projects and the communities require. This includes overseeing construction projects; managing our sponsorship programmes; training vulnerable people within the communities in key skills; providing quality assurance for borehole drilling and construction; to data collection and report writing.
Chair of UK Trustees
Jim Smyllie started his career in the theatre, and then spent thirty years in Westminster and the wider public sector, working primarily in strategy and planning, but also in organisational change and operational management. The last thirteen years of his executive career were spent working for the natural environment in Whitehall and at Board level in Natural England. Jim, now a non-executive director in South West London NHS, a Trustee of the Landscape Institute and a published writer. He has supported the work of Kaloko since its early beginnings, and has been Chair of the Kaloko Trust UK for over twenty years.
Kaloko Trust UK Director
Madeleine has a wealth of experience, having worked in the not-for-profit sector for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles in the UK and overseas. In the five years prior to joining Kaloko she was Chief Executive at Health Books International (formerly Teaching-aids at Low Cost), where she managed a merger with Practical Action Publishing. Previously, she led international development work at TRAID, the textile recycling charity; facilitated learning and advocacy
initiatives for groups of international NGOs at BOND; and worked on campaigns at the NSPCC. Madeleine has a degree in Latin American Studies with Spanish and Portuguese from the University of Leeds. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, gardening, books and radio.
Kaloko Trust UK Programme and Projects Support Officer
Mark joined Kaloko in 2008 and has been running the UK office in Brighton ever since. He was keen to use his administrative and charity experience for a worthwhile grassroots cause, where he can see the impact of his efforts.
Mark has long experience in administration and information support. As a graduate, he worked in education administration and finance before joining the Soil Association where he coordinated events and later, managed the Food and Farming information team. He has also worked on a range of other projects, including conservation with the Wildlife Trust, and as a Trustee of Green & Away, Europe’s only tented environmental conference centre.
The Kaloko Trust office is based in Brighton on the south coast of England. The office is staffed by our part-time Programme and Projects Support Officer, Mark Whitaker. Please feel free to get in touch with Mark or Madeleine with any queries you may have regarding Kaloko Trust. You may also contact our Trustees and view their details below.
Board of Trustees
The full UK team
Domino has been on the Board of Trustees since 2001. Originally from Zambia, he has lived in the UK for more than 35 years, so is well-placed to advise on Anglo-Zambian relations. As a Director of a mortgage company he is also an invaluable source of financial advice.
Although now living in the UK his heart is in Zambia, and he supports Kaloko's efforts to improve livelihoods in his native country.
Raj is an investment analyst and has had a long career in assessing the issues facing developing countries and in identifying opportunities to maximise the use of available resources. While studying at Christ's College, Cambridge he wrote a specialist paper on The Economics of International Development. Raj also has an MBA from Berkeley, California.
Born in Kitwe on the Copperbelt, where he lived until 1997, Raj also carries a personal understanding of the challenges confronting the people of Zambia. Raj and his wife have been stalwart Kaloko supporters for many years.
Kate has worked at the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (and formerly the Department for International Development) since 2013. She has a BSc in Biology and a Masters in Public Policy and Management. Her career started in the policy section of the Royal Society, where she developed an interest in the role of science and technology in development. She explored this further working at the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (now UKCDR), based at the Wellcome Trust, where she became deputy director before moving to DFID. Starting in the Evidence in Action team, she now works in the Evaluation Unit part-time, with much of the rest of her time spent with her two young children.
Yvonne has a background in law, environment, policy work and emergency planning. She has spent many years working in local and central Government and was governor and later chair of governors at her local junior school. She is bilingual in English and German, has a degree in Law, a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment and is now a Senior Policy Advisor at Defra. Yvonne worked for various charities early on in her career including for Kaloko, running the UK office for three years until 1997. She has supported our work ever since.
Jim started his career in the theatre, and then spent thirty years in Westminster and the wider public sector, working primarily in strategy and planning, but also in organisational change and operational management. The last thirteen years of his executive career were spent working for the natural environment in Whitehall and at Board level in Natural England. Jim, now a non-executive director in South West London NHS, a Trustee of the Landscape Institute and a published writer. He has supported the work of Kaloko since its early beginnings, and has been Chair of the Kaloko Trust UK for over twenty years.
Marion is the Health Policy Officer at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. A key part of her role is to influence public policy at all levels to improve health outcomes for all infants, children and young people in the UK. Marion has a degree in Psychology and a Masters in Public Policy from King’s College University London. Born in Freetown, Sierra-Leone where she lived until the early 2000s, Marion has a personal understanding of the challenges confronting people in developing communities and has particular interest in international development and global child health.
Declan joined the Kaloko board in 2019 taking on the role of Treasurer. He has a degree in Business and is a Chartered Accountant. He trained with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, but has spent most of his 30+ year career working in international finance roles -in accounting, control and business transformation. He moved to Switzerland from his native Ireland twenty years ago and holds dual nationality. Declan has been involved in the not for profit sector for ten years in organisations supporting childcare and good governance in NGOs. He learned about Kaloko’s work while on a family holiday in Zambia in 2014 and is an active supporter. He is passionate about ensuring donated funds are used efficiently to create the maximum long term sustainable value in the communities the Kaloko Trust serves.
Kaloko organisational information
Finance, governance and reporting
Kaloko’s Trustees meet quarterly with the UK Director and the Programme & Projects Support Officer to ensure good governance and sound strategic direction for the organisation. The work in Zambia is interrogated and impact assessed, the finances reviewed and performance of the staff appraised. Salaries are set annually by the Board of Trustees taking into account inflation, individual performance, funding availability and industry comparisons.
The Trustees serve indefinitely, are expected to organise an early visit to Kaloko Zambia and from time-to-time travel out on further monitoring trips. New Trustees are provided with an induction both on the purpose and activities of the Kaloko Trust UK and on the roles and responsibilities of a Trustee.
Kaloko UK’s day-to-day business is managed by the Director, who reports directly to the Trustees, with particular support and supervision being given by the Chair of Trustees.
Read about our projects in Zambia and fundraising in the UK
Newsletters and Annual Report & Accounts
Click on the titles below to download our publications in pdf format:
Click to see the Autumn 2019 Kaloko News
We have also published our Trustees' Annual Report & Accounts for 2019 - where you can read about our activities and see how we performed.
You can access older publications below:
Kaloko Trust UK