Our Team

Sarah Albeboure 

Chief Executive 

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Sarah Albeboure (previously Gardner) lived for 12 months in Lawra from February 2012 where she worked as a full time Teacher Support Officer with Ghana Education Service and Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO). Sarah has been the inspiration for ATE – the 3 projects have arisen from her Education Service role and her activities beyond her previous VSO role in Lawra. Sarah currently works 3.5 days a week for ATE, living between Lawra and Ramsbury to act as the primary link between ATE UK and the local support team and community in Lawra.

To read more about her experiences in Ghana. 

Visit Sarah’s blog    |    sarah@ateghana.org

Habib Albeboure

Ghana Operations Manager

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Habib is a native of Lawra Chiefs Palace. He has lived all his life in Lawra and has an excellent understanding of his community. Habib passionately supports development and is dedicated to improving the lives of people in Lawra. Habib works closely with the team in the UK whilst leading the work in Lawra. Habib’s understanding of Lawra and excellent people skills both have a powerful impact, and are a vitally important part of ATE’s success.


Sarah Livesey

Operations and Projects Support Officer 

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Sarah joined ATE Ghana in October 2016 and works as the Operations and Project Support Officer providing support in the administration, organisation, monitoring and funding of operational activities, with responsibility for the general and financial administration.

Originally trained as an archaeologist and physical anthropologist, Sarah has been fortunate to travel extensively in these roles, living and working amidst different cultures and languages, from Turkish Kurdistan to Somaliland, an autonomous region in the north of Somalia.

Sarah is an active player in many humanitarian issues, including charities aimed at refugee support, spending time volunteering in the Filippiada Refugee Camp in North-western Greece. She also participates in mapathons for Missing Maps, which helps to ‘map’ remote and underdeveloped areas to assist international aid and emergency response during crises.


Leela Shanti

Programs and Development Officer (UK) 

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Leela heads up ATE’s monitoring, evaluation and learning; providing the insight needed to guide our projects, highlight successes and address challenges. Leela receives the information collected by the team in Ghana, which is evaluated and used for reporting about on our impact.
Leela first went to live and work in Ghana in 2012, as a Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) Community Advocacy Support Officer. She has a background in equality and diversity in higher education and the health sector in the UK, and has worked in the charity sector supporting families with disabled children across England. She has academic and practical experience of the development sector, and has worked on education development projects in both North and South Ghana.

Leela began volunteering for ATE in June 2015, she worked on projects in Lawra for four months before returning to the UK and continuing as a volunteer in the ATE UK Office. In January 2016, Leela took up the position of ATE Fundraising and Operations Officer. Returning from maternity leave in December 2017, Leela now holds the position of Programmes and Development Officer working 3 days per week, supporting the charity in its monitoring and evaluation systems, policy development, grant applications and reporting.

Visit Leela’s Blog    |    leela@ateghana.org 

Edith Kebo

Project Assistant – Karbo Primary School and JHS (Ghana) 

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Edith joined Action Through Enterprise as our part-time ATE Project Assistant in January 2016. Edith was born and raised in Lawra District, she understands the hopes and dreams of her community and is dedicated to increasing opportunities for people in Lawra District to reach their full potential. Currently, Edith’s main responsibilities are overseeing the ATE school feeding programmes at Karbo Primary School and Karbo Junior High School.


Ernest Tangpuori

Project Assistant – VocATE & Gombele Hub

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Ernest, a native of Lawra, has been a key member of the ATE team as a volunteer, Consultant and ambassador since 2014. He then became a successful applicant to ATE’s BizATE programme and started his own small business in July 2015. Starting with just a small grant to begin his mobile clothing enterprise, he quickly became ATE’s most successful small business owner and is now the proud owner of a thriving store – Lane One Collections . He is a dynamic, hardworking young man with a passion for fashion and a drive to succeed. Ernest was employed as Project Assistant specifically to work on ATE’s vocational development project, VocATE, which was launched in July 2016 and to support motivated people to train as an apprenticeship in the vocation of their choice. He has since taken on more hours to oversee the Gombele Hub where ATE delivers school feeding and supports small businesses in the surrounding area.

Prosper Albeboure

Project Assistant

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Prosper is responsible for the regular and ongoing monitoring of our EducATE programme at Dowine Junior High Schoo, he also regularly provides support to our monthly SNAP groups too.Prosper also provides valuable support when ATE has visitors to Lawra. Prosper has long since been an active supporter and volunteer for ATE before joining as Project Assistant.

Kenneth Gan

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Ken has been a long term volunteer and supporter of ATE, being particularly involved with our monthly SNAP groups. Ken has recently taken responsibility for the monitoring and mentoring of our newest programme, Dry Season Gardening. Ken’s role has been instrumental in building and developing this programme. Ken also provides valuable support when ATE has visitors to Lawra.


Kaamil Issahaku


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Kaamil is a dynamic, young and energetic man from a renowned Muslim family in the Lawra community of Zongo. He has worked at the office of the Lawra District Assembly for the past 10 years as a community information centre manager. Having worked in collaboration with the District Social Welfare and Community Development Office and having been in frequent contact with people living with disabilities, Kaamil was moved to become an advocate for people living with disabilities. When he saw the role of SNAP leader being advertised he decided to apply so that he could contribute to the development of SNAP and ATE’s work, so that ‘together we can put smiles in the faces of the vulnerable in our society’ and grant them their rights free from discrimination.

Peter Willetts


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Charles Gardner

Chair of Trustees

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Charles is instrumental in the planning, execution and monitoring of the BizATE Program, where his extensive business background contributes significantly. Regular trips to Ghana are an important part of his role, where Charles facilitates training workshops for ATE’s Small Business Owners and Consultants. As well as taking a lead role in strategy, Charles also line manages Habib (Ghana Operations Manager).


Susan Suchopar


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Susan is involved in the day-to-day running of ATE where provides support to all activities. She acts as human resources advisor, policy advisor and attends to monthly Operational Management Meetings. Susan is a key fundraiser and advocate for ATE.


Stephanie Green



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Stephanie Green’s expertise is in communication; sales/business development; marketing; leading change; coaching and general management, gained through the publishing, University, natural cosmetics and international development sectors.

Stephanie spent two years in Tamale, northern Ghana through Voluntary Service Overseas. She helped social enterprise SeKaf Ghana to build their marketing and sales department and grow their TAMA natural shea butter cosmetics brand. She is now a UK TAMA distributor.

She also supported women’s shea supplier groups to establish sustainable community savings and loans schemes and contributed to a successful bid for Ghanaian government funding to extend the opportunity to more groups.

Stephanie joins ATE as a trustee in spring 2018 and believes that the most worthwhile development projects are the ones which have a clear long-term impact and build local people’s skills.

Stephanie’s blog from her time in Ghana is at www.stephinghana.wordpress.com.


Peter Maple


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Peter has had an extensive career as a successful fundraiser, fundraising manager and fundraising director in a variety of charities. He entered academia in 2006 teaching fundraising on the postgraduate programs, as well as researching the nature of philanthropy. This experience and understanding is invaluable to ATE, where Peter’s support and advice on fundraising is vital.

Andrew Ritchie


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Andrews extensive accountancy experience and expertise is vital in his role as ATE’s treasurer. He provides advice on all areas of finances, as well as preparing the annual accounts.

ATE Consultants


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ATE has trained 31 bright, young local people to help work with our businesses. We combine our trustees’ knowledge of business, ATE staff’s development experience and the consultants’ local knowledge and ability to interact with the people we work with. Between them they have a range of valuable skills, qualifications and experience which is utilised across the full spectrum of our programmes. We are extremely grateful for their time and dedication to working with ATE to tackle poverty in their own communities across the Upper West.

Registered charity number: 1149988