Leadership and Staff


Hope for Kids International’s leadership consists of a Board of Trustees and Director:

Alan Gillard (Chairman): Alan has had 45 years experience as designer in the construction industry and for ten years has run his own consultancy practice in design and project management. He has visited our work in Kenya a number of times, and has a passion to see young people reach their potential spiritually, socially, academically and vocationally.

Jeremy Kingston (Trustee): By training, Jeremy is a Chartered Building Surveyor which has seen him work in commercial property development for the last 30+ years. Following several visits to Kenya Jeremy has a desire to use his God given skills in a tangible manner, assisting local managers establish effective policies and to help kids realise their ambitions and learn of Christ’s love.

Diane Liszka (Trustee): Diane worked as a primary school teacher before giving up to look after her own 3 children. Since then she has worked with her husband in setting up and running their own business. She still has a huge heart for childrens' work, helping in church groups and desiring to see young people reaching their potential in God. She has had the privilege of visiting Kids Alive Romania and being part of teams - including the whole family - to Kids Alive Kenya and and Kids Alive Zambia.

Alistair Dickey (Trustee): Alistair started his professional career in 2004 within the archaeological world. For 2½ years he worked on various projects in Northern Ireland and Egypt. In 2006 God’s redirection took Alistair to Dar el-Awlad in Beirut, Lebanon. As Assistant Residential Manager he was primarily responsible for the Youth and Older Boys programmes.  In 2010 he married Thia and they relocated to Northern Ireland shortly thereafter, where Alistair spent almost 5 years as Youth and Community Worker in a Presbyterian church.  In 2016 he and Thia relocated once more, this time to Liverpool where Alistair is back studying for his doctorate in Egyptology.  Besides going to Egypt to excavate ancient artefacts, Alistair has a heart for overseas mission and particularly helping vulnerable, needy kids and teenagers. He has also been a Leeds United supporter since he was 10 and has never lost his love for the best toy ever made – Lego® !

Ruth Henningham (Trustee):

Ruth retired from a career in teaching, which concluded with heading up a department for Early Years in her school. After the loss of her husband in 2006, she went as part of a short-term team to work with Kids Alive Kenya. She was asked to return to Kenya to help develop a school run by Kids Alive.  Her remit expanded to working with the older children in the residential homes on the same campus, also developing an Independence Fund to help young people as they move into adulthood. After 9 years in Kenya, Ruth returned to the UK to enjoy time with her own family, but still very much keeping in touch with her wider family in Kenya.

Wendy Lubbee (Trustee):

Wendy is the Kids Alive International Regional Director for Africa. She has more than 25 years’ experience of strategy development, program and project management in the relief and development sector in Africa, which has included service as a missionary for the Assemblies of God Movement in South Africa, as well as leadership roles with Dorcas Aid International and Oxfam Australia in South Africa. Wendy loves to work in organizations that have children at their heart and staff who are passionate and serve with compassion and excellenceWendy is a British national and lived in South Africa for over 23 years. She is married to Winston (a South African) and, in her spare time, enjoys photography, travelling and spending time with family.

Our Staff:

Carole Duncan: Our Sponsorship and Teams Coordinator, Carole moved to Yeovil from London early 2014. For several years up to the end of 2013, Carole worked with ‘Churches Together in England’, in various P.A. roles to senior managers there, including the General Secretary, the Secretary for Minority Ethnic Christian Affairs and the Executive Officer for Youth Work. Prior to that, she was managing offices and finances for The African and Caribbean Evangelical Alliance. London born, avid reader, mother of Reuben, committed Christian, Carole loves experiencing new things and grabbing a good bargain!

Joy Neville - Our Financial Co-ordinator, Joy, lives in Yeovil with her husband and two children. She worked in social housing for a number of years before taking time out to look after her children. More recently, she has been leading the Mother & Baby and Parent & Toddler groups at her church and loves welcoming and encouraging these parents and young children. She also worked part-time for a friends' company before starting at Hope for Kids. She loves visiting National Trust properties, reading, planning themed birthday parties for her children, singing in her church music group and is currently trying to learn to play the drums!

Chantelle Duckworth: Chantelle previously worked in the heritage sector, working and volunteering in local historical homes. She is now our Partnerships and Communications Coordinator at the office in Yeovil. Chantelle loves spending time with her husband and two daughters, taking woodland walks and visiting National Trust properties. She also loves baking, reading, history and horse riding. If she isn’t at home or in the office, you will find her at the gym!

Roger Allen (Director): Following a career as an engineer in the helicopter industry, Roger became increasingly involved in the charity and humanitarian sector. Formerly one of the founding trustees for Hope for Kids, he was appointed our Director in January 2013. Roger has been a long-standing supporter of our work and has visited the Kids Alive International programmes in Lebanon, Kenya, South Sudan, Zambia, Romania, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. He loves to see people’s needs being met through partnerships and having impact as they serve God.

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