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Our team

Charlotte Baker

Operations Director; Treasurer
charlotte@smallstepsforafrica.org 

Charlotte graduated in 2014 from the University of Oxford (French & German), before studying for an MA African Studies at SOAS, London in 2015-16. She is currently working as Communications Lead for the ACT-Accelerator, a WHO-hosted initiative, and has been interested in sustainable development in Africa for a number of years. She has experience working for number of organisations, including global health agency Unitaid and the BBC.

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Rory Dilworth

Secretary Trustee

Rory is a junior doctor in the NHS, having studied Medicine at Warwick University. He has enjoyed volunteering with MENCAP, and taken an interest in Mental Health First Aid. Outside of this, Rory likes to have a few creative projects ticking over, either artistic or musical, and loves to be out and about in nature whenever possible. He will be helping SSFA with the legal documentation and advising on health projects. Rory visited Madagascar with his family in 2016 and saw SSFA's work there first-hand. 

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Helen Pye

Truestee; Social Media advisor

Helen is deputy editor at the UK's biggest wedding planning website Hitched - having previously worked for the Mail on Sunday and the Press Association. She studied theology at Oxford University, before doing a Master's degree in magazine journalism at City University. She has been a supporter of SSFA from the beginning and accompanied director Charlotte on a trip to Madagascar in January 2017 to see first-hand the work of SSFA. She is a huge fan or anything TV, film and theatre-related and loves travelling. 

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Emily Kinder

Emily is currently taking a Gap Year before beginning her degree in Primary Education at the University of Reading in September 2022. She is helping director Charlotte with the day to day operations within Small Steps for Africa. Emily is especially interested in the education projects and is looking forward to getting more involved in SSFA's work over the year. 

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Prue Baker

Prue graduated in German and Librarianship from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and then worked in Higher Education for 10 years before joining Esso for a career in general management. Latterly, Prue was Managing Director and then CEO of the UK and European subsidiaries of multinational companies. Prue sponsors children with Small Steps for Africa and bring her experience of compliance, regulation and general management to the charity. 

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Jill Rzym

Trustee; Events Committee member

Jill brings expertise from a number of areas to the team, including direct marketing, strategy and fundraising experience. She also fundraised herself for Small Steps for Africa, completing the London to Paris bike ride and raising over £1500. She has two teenage daughters and a particular interest in education projects. Jill visited Madagascar in May 2018 to see SSFA's work for herself. 

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Tracey Baker

Trustee; Events Committee member 

Tracey spent most of her professional life in the advertising industry, latterly as Managing Director of an agency specialising in travel marketing. She has a vast amount of communications and event organisation experience and conceived the charity's original fundraising project in Uganda. She now runs her own childcare business and advises Small Steps for Africa on marketing and events matters. 

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Trustee Board & Volunteers