Our Team

The people below are the essential team that help spread our reach and keep the charity running.
The Office Team are the core group who do the day-to-day ins-and-outs of running the charity, while the Trustees are there to help with the big decisions.

Office TeamTrustees

Office Team

Rachel Butt – Director

Rachel Butt - Director, Thare Machi EducationRachel has worked in the overseas development sector for 20 years and now looks after the running of the UK office on a day-to-day basis, as well as supporting the partner organisations who use our lessons and working to find potential new users for the DVDs. She is our main voice on Twitter and Facebook, using social media to spread the word about our work.


Ayesha Dikko – Deputy Director

Ayesha DikkoAyesha decided she wanted a change after 23 years in banking, and put to use her underlying passion for changing lives.
She volunteered at Education Saves Lives, translating lessons into Hausa and then in 2017 joined the team as office manager.
Ayesha uses her incredible networking skills to increase the distribution of lessons, engage with volunteers, drive fundraising and help lead the day-to-day operations of the organisation.


Clive Dove-Dixon – Chief Executive, Helen Taylor Thompson Foundation (of which Education Saves Lives is a part)

Clive Dove-Dixon Clive has extensive experience in setting up and running commercial services in the public sector. He was Director of the Commercial Group at the University of Warwick for 12 years, then used his public sector and commercial skills to advise Councils on remodelling their Adult Social Care services. Clive has been involved with Education Saves Lives since around 2005, as a volunteer helping to make connections and build relationships with new and existing users in places including India, South Africa and Rwanda. He was Chair of the Helen Taylor Thompson Foundation, but stepped down when he was appointed Chief Executive.


Andrew and Chris – Website Team

Chris-and-Andrew-technical-team Andrew Sampson and Chris Crowstaff (volunteers) are a husband and wife team who are passionate about developing websites for charities and grassroots organisations, inspired by their visit to women’s groups in rural regions of Uganda in 2009.
In 2013, Chris received a Katerva Award for Gender Equality at the United Nations in Geneva, for working to promote under-represented grassroots groups focusing on women’s issues. Some of these groups are now user groups of Education Saves Lives.
Andrew and Chris are responsible for maintaining our website and updating content.


Mary Briggs – Office Support Associate

Mary BriggsMary (volunteer) is in charge of our DVD dispatch, making sure that lessons are ready to send when needed. She also plays a key role in the final production and quality control of the DVDs as well as keeping our records up to date – and all this in her spare time!


Paul McCall – Financial Manager

Paul McCallPaul (volunteer) has authored many of our lessons (the process of converting recorded scripts to finished DVD) since he joined us as a regular volunteer. He also brings his experience of working in local government finance to help with accounts and is a Trustee of Thare Machi (Isle of Man).


Tashinga Chitunhu – Authoring Associate

TashingaTashinga (volunteer) is a regular in our office, and a key member of the authoring team, taking new language recordings and converting them to finished lessons ready to be sent to our user groups.


Xander Bennett – Authoring Associate

Xander BennettXander (volunteer) joined us about 4 years ago – he mainly does authoring (the process of taking new language recordings and converting them to finished lessons ready to be sent to our user groups) and occasionally facilitates and supervises the recording of new audio recordings with local students.


Graham Butt – Associate

Online lesson co-ordinator and analyst
Graham has pioneered the development of the online versions of our lessons, and the creation of the USB version. He has also worked on our data and disaster recovery and supported the authoring process.


Miles Donohoe – Chair

Miles DonohueMiles has almost 20 years’ experience within financial services communications.
He began his career as a financial journalist before opening and managing the Johannesburg office for Epic MSLGROUP. He has advised clients across the financial services spectrum (from regulators, industry associations, asset managers, banks, and insurers) on reputational issues, developing strategic communications programmes and training senior spokespeople to successfully interact with the media.


Stuart Dawson

Stuart Dawson - Trustee, Education Saves LivesStuart has over 15 years’ experience in strategic marketing.
He is currently Managing Director of www.j2.net a leading creative and digital marketing agency that specialises in Property, Finance, Technology and Charity sectors.
Stuart is also a Trustee for www.Canopi.org.uk the social enterprise providing flexible and affordable workspace to charities and the social sector


Jenny Edwards

Jenny EdwardsJenny has over 15 years’ experience as a qualified solicitor. In her current role as General Counsel & Company Secretary at Charity Bank, Jenny provides legal and governance advice, manages investor relations, supports the development of corporate strategy and leads change management initiatives.
Previously, Jenny was in-house solicitor and company secretary for a national charity, also responsible for risk management, internal audit and FCA compliance. Jenny has spent time volunteering in Romania and India, has recorded singles to raise funds for local charities and has organised a programme of volunteer-led events raising over 60k for two schools over two years.


Matthew Sampson

Matthew Sampson, TrusteeMatthew is Development Director for Regeneration at U + I , a property developer and investor focused on regeneration. He chairs the British Property Federation Development Committee among other groups.
He is also a Trustee and Director of the Marr Munning Trust which supports charitable projects in the Indian subcontinent, South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.


Russel Thompson

Russel Thompson Russell is a consultant who specialises in supporting social care services to become sustainable.
He has over 25 years experience as a Finance Director in the Commercial Sector and 11 years as a consultant in the Public sector.
Russell is also a trustee of the Kingswood Trust based in Wolverhampton. a charitable organisation that provides residential teaching on the outdoors and the environment for children up the the age of 11.