Our Team

Founder

 
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Craig Goldblatt

Craig is the founder of Giving Africa.  He sees himself as a passionate adventurer, always looking for great experiences and exciting moments that life throws his way. He is known for his huge levels of energy and his insatiable appetite for life.

"My mother was a social worker in South Africa before she passed away twenty years ago. Both of my parents encouraged a real sense of spirituality in me when I was younger and it was their deep sense of giving and love for Africa that really inspired me to launch Giving Africa. I have a deep respect for the African way of community, togetherness, and spirit, they draw me ever closer to this work.

The intention of the charity is to support both our UK community and those in Africa to love ourselves and those we share our lives with. Through this, we then support the eradication of physical and spiritual poverty.

In general terms, we believe that Africa has spiritual wealth and physical poverty. We in the West have physical wealth and spiritual poverty. Africa does not need saving, per se, as it has been around for billions of years. In my opinion, we need to support one another to share our resources to live a better quality of life.  We demonstrate this through creating deep relationships and creating quality, access and relevance of education.”

 

Trustees

 

Katrina Gibson

After graduating in 1995, Katrina worked in a variety of sales, marketing and management roles in the commercial world – predominantly in the media sector. However, soon after starting her own family the realities of commercialism started to wear thin and so decided to embark on a career change that would enable her to do something about the hypocrisies and injustices of this world; as well as nurturing a sense of citizenship in both herself and jher children. She started working with Giving Africa soon after its launch in 2010, in conjunction with undertaking a PGDip in NGO Management at City University.

Katrina has worked with the Giving Africa ever since in a number of different roles.  Culminating, most recently, as being asked to join the board as a Trustee.  She also holds two Governor roles, at local schools, and enjoy supporting all these organizations in their development and, in turn,  empowering children to reach their potential.

 
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Matt Cockbill

Matt is a career headhunter with a passion for the power of technology in connecting people and changing lives. In his day job Matt has worked with a broad array of charities supporting them in hiring transformational IT & digital leaders, while also leading on branding & marketing for Berwick Partners. Having a passion for working with clients whose mission is to actively improve the life chances of their customers, Matt felt it was time to do more and joined Giving Africa in March 2019 as a Trustee.

 

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Josh Barrow

After graduating with a Business and Management degree, Josh has been working as a Learning Designer. He helps clients to create innovative, digital and blended, learning solutions to business problems. 
In his spare time he is a school governor looking after the development of other governors, the Science and IT Curriculum and monitoring the Leadership and Management of the school. Josh is also a Young Enterprise business advsior which helps students to set up and manage their own companies. Josh is excited to be helping the students at Bethel School to realize their full potential.

 
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Eleanor Thompson

Based in Canada and working from home as a consultant, Eleanor has been involved with Giving Africa since 2013. Initially as a volunteer, more recently as the Fundraising and Marketing Manager and now in the role of Trustee.

As well as being a Trustee of Giving Africa, she is also on the board of HelpAge Canada and has extensive experience in marketing, strategy and policy and procedure.


Staff Team

Caroline Loden

After graduating in 1999 with a degree in Geography I volunteered for an environmental education programme in Tanzania for 5 months which gave me my love of Africa. On my return I worked within the Trust Fundraising team at Help the Aged, moving into the Operations division. After a move to The Children’s Society I worked as Head of Volunteering and Fundraising and Campaigns Partnership manager.

My passion for volunteering led to being a founding Director of the Association of Volunteer Managers and it was through volunteering that I discovered Giving Africa. Having worked as Fundraising and Operations Manager I now have the priviledge to lead Giving Africa as CEO and work with an inspirational team to help children in one of the poorest countries in the world.

 
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Caroline Walters

Having graduated in 2001 with a degree in geography, I moved into a career in marketing for a global yacht management company.  Since then I have been volunteering with two local children’s charities and I am excited to be a part of Giving Africa and the work they do to benefit children and their community in one of the poorest countries of the world.