our trustees

We are fortunate to have a fantastic Board of Trustees from a range of backgrounds. They bring a wealth of knowledge about education, childhood development, business, and strategy. All our trustees are volunteers and meet regularly with our CEO to set strategy, oversee the work of the charity and ensure funds are effectively and appropriately spent.

We are looking to recruit new trustees to help the charity in one or more of the following areas:


  • to fill the role of Honorary secretary. Supporting the Chair with the running of Trustee meetings, monitoring our compliance and legal requirements. 

  • brand building and marketing communications

  • advocacy, and relationship building with sub-Saharan African governmental bodies

  • early childhood development and/or behavioural change programmes


We typically meet as a Board 4-6 times a year for between 1-2 hours with at least one longer business planning/ strategy meeting in the autumn; four of our regular meetings are face-to-face, usually in Central London, at other times are conducted via Skype.  We would expect a commitment from our trustees of between 6-10 days per year.


We would welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds.  It is not necessary to have previous Board experience; enthusiastic individuals with the necessary skills and passion to improve early childhood development who wish to take their first steps in Board membership and governance are as welcome to apply as experienced trustees. 


If you are interested, please apply in writing by email at the first instance to: trustee.recruitment@livelyminds.org  and we will send you an information pack and further details about our Trustee recruitment process.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Alison Hart

Chair of Board

Alison is a qualified lawyer and former group company director of Harman International, a multi-billion dollar organisation specialising in professional and OEM audio products. She has 13 years experience in marketing and strategic planning in an international business environment and is an active supporter of several charities operating in Africa and South America. Alison firmly believes in our philosophy of community-based programmes of early learning through play designed to release a child’s potential and build the confidence and abilities of the community volunteers who deliver them.

She brings to the Board commercial awareness and in-depth knowledge of financial planning and business development to help Lively Minds take the next step to reach even more children in the rural communities of Uganda and Ghana.

Remus Brett


Remus spent the past 10 years setting up and growing a management consultancy business, Finalta, which was acquired by McKinsey in 2011. During this time, Remus took the business from concept to a global company with nearly 100 employees in four regional offices.

Remus had the opportunity to meet our Founder, Alison Naftalin, in 2014 and was hugely impressed with the work we were doing and Alison’s vision for our future. Remus brings hands-on experience of scaling a business and says he is “passionate to use these skills to help Lively Minds further extend the impact of the fantastic work being done in Ghana and Uganda.”

Charlie Egerton


Charlie is a retired Chartered Accountant, having spent most of his career in practice, specialising in helping businesses with Strategy and Business Planning. He spent the last twelve years before retirement as Finance Director of a multi-million pound Group of Companies based in Cumbria.

He and his wife Mary have visited Africa several times, including travelling overland from London to Nairobi in the 1970’s. They’ve always wanted to support a charity in Africa and when they heard about Lively Minds, they felt they had to find out more. They visited Lively Minds in Uganda in 2013 and were hugely impressed with what they saw and the sustainable effect of the charity – helping local people to help themselves.

Brian took his postgraduate teaching degree at the University of Zambia, and was a teacher and educational textbook writer and publisher in Zambia and Tanzania for six years. His subsequent career, after taking degrees at Harvard Business School, was in International Agribusiness, and latterly as Chief Executive of Oxfam Ireland for ten years.

He is now involved with several charities, including Camfed. Brian says “I believe that supporting mothers to help their young children prepare for school and life is an extremely productive investment in human capital”.

Brian Scott


Maame-Yaa is a dual qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) and Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA).  Having started her career practicing audit at a top 10 professional firm in the City of London, Maame-Yaa moved into industry.  Maame-Yaa has been the Financial Controller at a tech developer, as well as the Finance Director of a £20m turnover creative agency.  In addition to her current role as Financial Services Director at Notting Hill Genesis, a social housing developer, Maame-Yaa is also a member of the Audit and Risk Board of the Chartered Institute of Housing.


Maame-Yaa has a deep interest in, and knowledge of, Ghana, as her family originates from Accra and Kumasi.  Having two small children of her own, Maame-Yaa is also committed to the improvement of educational outcomes throughout Africa, and supporting Lively Minds to reach more communities

Maame-Yaa Bempah


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