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Edirisa UK is a charity staffed by volunteers in the UK and a small workforce in Uganda -pictured above.

Management is in the hands of a Board of Trustees who are committed to keeping administrative expenditure to a minimum, believing that your money should be spent where it is needed most – in Africa.

Sheila Windridge Sheila Windridge is the founder of Edirisa UK. Born in England, but brought up in Zimbabwe, Sheila has always had a passion for Africa and a desire to help those less fortunate. After coming across the Ugandan organisation Edirisa she started Edirisa UK and has been raising funds for the many projects we support since. Sheila’s occupational background is in the fashion industry where she was the Financial Director of a designer agency for ten years before leaving to concentrate on Edirisa UK.

Rhian Windridge Rhian Windridge was instrumental in creating the foundations of the charity when it was formed in 2005. Rhian has a degree in History from Oxford an MSc in Population and Development Studies from LSE, an MSc in Project Management in the Built Environment, and is a member of the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors). Currently Rhian works in Singapore where she is a project manager on innovative and environmentally friendly construction projects.

Simon Carter Simon Carter was one of the original trustees and with over twenty years working in the financial services industry he brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board. In the past Simon has raised funds for Edirisa UK through sponsored runs, completing the Reading half marathon on a number of occasions as well as taking part in Nightrider, a sponsored cycle through London at night.

Chris Mee Chris Mee first spent a month volunteering at Teach Inn in Uganda in 2008. Since then he has been a valued member of the team involved in all the fundraising events. In 2009 Chris climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for Edirisa UK and in 2012 was one of the participants in the Challenge Africa cycle ride through the Virunga mountains in Uganda as well as took part in Nightrider, a sponsored cycle through London at night.

Penny O’Callaghan Penny O’Callaghan regularly attends fundraising events and organises the annual Kempton Park raceday. Penny has always worked in education and was recently involved in training teachers and supporting community groups in West London by improving the quality of their teaching provision. She now works as an examiner for the Trinity Exam Board.

Tim Constable Tim Constable has been supporting Edirisa UK since it’s inception. As a partner of the law-firm Matthew Arnold and Baldwin, Tim lends his legal knowledge and expertise to Edirisa UK. Tim participated in the Challenge Africa bike ride through the Virunga mountains in Uganda as well as took part in Nightrider, a sponsored cycle through London at night.

Nicola Windridge Nicola Windridge has volunteered in Uganda on two occassions where she led workshops in class, initiated arts and crafts afternoons and helped out in the nurseries. In the UK Nicola works in marketing and uses skills to help to market the charity. She currently works as Marketing Manager for Drama Studio London, one of the UK’s leading drama schools.

Melanie Windridge Melanie Windridge has a PhD in Plasma Physics from Imperial College, London, and now works as a physics consultant in new technology and innovation. She lectures frequently and has appeared on BBC’s James May’s Things You Need To Know About Einstein, Bang Goes The Theory, Country Tracks and My Genius Idea. For more information on Melanie you can visit her