Our founder and chairman. When James returned to the UK after teaching in Zimbabwe in 1994, he continued to raise funds to send back to schools in deprived rural areas. In 2001, this culminated in registering the charity. He has chaired the charity for the last 15 years and has led many fundraising initiatives. James lives in the Cotswolds and currently works in the oil and gas industry.
Taught geography and coached sports at Chinhoyi Secondary School in Zimbabwe in 1996. Jamie oversees delivery of part of our project portfolio and organises a number of events, including the annual pub quiz which he has made his own. And yes, if you have ever been to one of our quizzes, he is Jamie of ‘Jamie’s Jackpot’ fame! Jamie works in the strategy team for Accenture
Brings his entrepreneurial flair to the committee identifying all manner of fundraising opportunities and managing our marketing. In 2011 James formed a team that swam The English Channel raising over £35,000 for ZRSDP. He has strong family links with Zimbabwe and taught there with Jamie in 1996. James has his own company London Nest helping students find accommodation in London
Justin & Nikki Hess
Both were born and grew up in Zimbabwe, before moving to South Africa via the UK. Passionate and eager to stay as involved as possible with Zimbabwe they are an integral part of the charity, responsible for the relationships on the ground. Nikki keeps in constant communication with people at the schools near Chidamoyo, helping to ensure that the projects remain on track. Justin has spear headed some of the more radical fundraising efforts – such as jumping out of planes and cycling from London to Paris.
Our treasurer. Patrick kindly looks after the financial affairs of ZRSDP producing the annual accounts and running the book keeping. He has been out to Zimbabwe to see first hand the work of ZRSDP. Patrick lives in the North East and lectures with the University of Northumbria.