John is motivated by a drive to make a difference to those who need it most. He brings leadership experience in business and charities large and small. He is one of those rarities who like strategy and operational work, and has established his name making change really happen. He joined us in 2019 to lead our growth plans. He has worked in 22 countries, plays hockey, and is a triplet.
Having been fortunate to be a member of the 1990 British Hovercraft Expedition to China, Gwyn has been a supporter since HoverAid’s early days. He has travelled very widely around the world for his work managing the leases of commercial airliners and has become very conscious of the gap in wealth between the world’s rich and poor. Living near HoverAid UK’s office in Cambridge, Gwyn is now looking forward to raising the awareness of HoverAid’s work with a wider community.
Gillian has been a supporter of HoverAid since taking a ride on a Hovercraft at the Greenbelt Festival quite a few years ago now and continued to be inspired by the compassion, commitment and creativity of those who work from the workshop to the world to change lives.
Joining the board of Trustees in March of 2022 she is gaining a wider lens into the work of the organisation and enjoying contributing in a new way.
Gillian is an ordained minister in the United Reformed Church and currently serving in a pastorate of two churches is Essex.
This is a great organisation that I have the privilege of supporting a couple of days per week. They provide practical care to very remote communities, enabled by innovative technology and driven by local enterprise. Message me if you want to get involved with designing, building or funding some new hovercraft!
Catherine is a webmaster and website designer, and accountant by training. She took on the role to establish HoverAid France in 2019. She lives in Vetheuil north of Paris, where Claude Monet once lived.
Anna loves the focus on ‘reaching the unreachable’: providing partnership and support for people in difficult-to-reach communities who might otherwise be left without it. She came to Cambridge as an undergraduate, and now works for Cambridge University, fund-raising to support students to enable them to study here.
She studied Russian and French at university, including a year abroad working with a charity in Siberia. This confirmed her desire to work in the not-for-profit sector.
Andy has been involved in HoverAid since 1994 and has worked with hovercraft in countries from Nicaragua, and Papua New Guinea, to Zambia, Mozambique and Madagascar. After 10 years as a Consulting Engineer and partner with Max Fordham LLPand with Masters degrees in both Engineering Science, and Development Management he joined us in 2006 to head up our UK team. Andy is based at our office in Cambridge and is responsible for HoverAid UK’s operations and growth both at home and overseas. Andy’s key focus is on technical development in the UK and in Madagascar.