We have a small, dedicated staff working on behalf of Bread and Water for Africa UK, both here in the UK and on the ground in Africa. Our trustees are also volunteers and spend a lot of their time and energy supporting our efforts.
Our key people in the UK
Sylvia Costantini, Chief Executive Officer
On our small team of committed and passionate individuals, Sylvia is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the charity. She is the go-to person for any general or programme-related questions you might have.
Sylvia has over 12 years of professional experience in overseas NGOs and international development organisations, with a focus on nutrition and agriculture policy in Africa. She has been a partner of Bread and Water for Africa UK for many years and is a strong advocate for our partners in the field. She firmly believes that every child deserves not only basic access to food, shelter, healthcare and education, but also the right to play and grow in a safe and loving environment.
Our key people in Africa
Phyllis Keino, Volunteer International Spokesperson
Phyllis began caring for orphaned Kenyan children in the early 1960s. Since then she has been a tireless advocate for Africa’s children, founding the Lewa Children’s Home and the Kipkeino Primary School. For the last ten years she has also served as the volunteer spokesperson for Bread and Water Africa UK, travelling all over the world to spread the message about our work – she was recently honoured in Canada with the International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference 100 award, as well as in Uganda by the East African Association of Grantmakers, for her unwavering commitment to the children of Kenya.
Our trustees are all lay volunteers from a variety of backgrounds. It is their responsibility to guide the strategic direction of Bread and Water for Africa UK and make sure that we meet our objectives for improving people’s lives.
Ms Alexandra Buist
Alex is a linguist and translator currently working in Germany. Over the years she has travelled in a number of developing countries, including countries in Africa. She has been on the board of Bread and Water for Africa UK almost from the beginning in 2005.
Mr Christopher Queree
Christopher was elected to the Board in October 2012.
Christopher is an Investment Director and partner at Ruffer LLP. He has over 23 years experience in investment management, including over ten years focused on the management of charitable endowments.
Christopher’s knowledge and interest of Africa stems from having travelled extensively across the continent to countries such as Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Kenya and Sudan. His travels in Africa had left Christopher ‘struck by the resourcefulness of many communities, who often achieved so much with so little, typically amidst an unhelpful political environment’. Subsequently, Christopher has been a keen supporter of practical and tangible development projects that make a real and long-lasting difference to African communities-and as a result has led him to join the Bread and Water for Africa UK board of trustees.
Ms Marie Newcombe
Marie was elected to the Board in July 2015.
After spending most of her professional life working in marketing agencies, Marie is now head of marketing at Beatson Cancer Charity in Glasgow. She is passionate about charities and has decided to join the board of Bread and Water for Africa UK after visiting one of our programmes, the Lewa Children’s Home in Kenya.