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.
Catherine wants to live in a world where every dull space is painted with colourful murals and books come bundled with slabs of mature cheese. She joined the team in 2017, moving from S. Africa to work with HoverAid at the start of 2018. She knows that we cannot do everything, but believes that we must not do nothing. A shameless idealist, who loves kindness and is passionate about fighting injustice, she knows that the world is changed by actions, not opinions. Catherine has worked in community development all her life, especially with the poor and destitute.
David is our longest serving trustee as well as being company secretary and financial overseer and HoverAid International Board Representative.
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.
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.
José originally joined the team as a driver but soon became the first of our malagasy staff trained to operate the hovercraft. As well as operational duties in the field he assists in the workshop and keeps stocks, maintains and repairs the camp gear.
Trained in Chemistry Neil is now a development Chemist employed in the development of new catalytic converters to clean up emissions from Diesel vehicles and mean cleaner air for millions of people globally. His work combines science and engineering and means he has an interest in Hoveraid’s technical objectives as well as its humanitarian ones. Aside from his professional experience Neil brings experience as a trustee for a national orchestra and choir and a passion for getting the most out of people. Outside work he is a keen runner and cyclist as well as playing the French horn in various musical theatre and orchestral settings.
Nicola joined HoverAid as volunteer finance officer, running the Xero system and keeping the accounts in order. She lives in Welwyn, and works locally, having trained as an accountant at Canada Life since 2014. She has taught English in Rumania, sold shoes, books, and coffee, and mobile phones. Nicola really wants to use her finance skills in a great cause
Ony’s full name is Rakotondrasoa Onimalala. She is the finance manager in Madagascar, and joined HoverAid in 2019. She is married with two boys, Loick and Loan aged 14 and 10. When not busy in the office Ony loves to swim and dance! A big fan of travelling, she accompanied Maholi on one of our MMS’s to see how things happen in the field. She will make sure that we keep on budget and will be stretching our resources as far as possible.
Patrick majors in mechanics, electricity and electronic. He is in charge of the reparation and maintenance of the hovercraft and other vehicles.
Peter has been a long term volunteer with HoverAid for over twenty five years and was pivotal in setting up the Zambezi Hover-Lifeline a HoverAid project which ran from 1996 to 2000 working on the Zambezi river from Zambia to Mozambique.
Peter has worked in the aid and relief sector across Africa and Asia for many year. Peter has overall responsibility for all aspects of HoverAid Madagascar’s operational work as well as developing new projects.
Originally from France, Pierre studied theoretical physics before working in finance in London. He has worked a lot with companies based in developing countries and is passionate about bringing infrastructure and resources to the less fortunate. Pierre joined HoverAid’s Board in September 2019 and advises on strategic, governance, and financial issues. Pierre is a member of Hillsong Church London.
Richard has been a supporter of Hoveraid over the last 10 years and joined the board in 2016. He works in IT and lives in London with his wife Madini and their 3 teenage children. He is a keen guitarist and a reluctant runner and cyclist.
Robin joined HoverAid in 2008 directly from the technical school to work in the garage as an assistant mechanic, and where he works with the trainee mechanics as they progress to becoming fully qualified too. He is responsible for servicing the vehicles on a regular basis.
Roger is a retired Senior Tutor and Lecturer in Civil and Structural Engineering at Loughborough University. He has just stepped down from being a Trustee after 14 years but continues to volunteer when he can.