Our Team

Sarah Gardner 

Chief Executive 

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Sarah 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

Jessica Cruse

Interim Director of Operations

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Jessica is an skilled and capable manager, with considerable experience in an African context and of guiding international NGO’s through times of change. She is an outstanding relationship builder, and is hugely passionate about her work. With international working experience in Zambia, Kenya, France and Belgium, along with a Bachelors and Masters Degree in International Development and Politics, she is bringing energy and value to ATE whilst moving us to an exciting new phase.

jess@ateghana.org

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 

Kaamil Issahaku

Senior Administrator and SNAP Project Lead

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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.

Tara Colsell-Hawes

Operations and Project Support Officer

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Tara is a recent History graduate from the University of Exeter, where she specialised towards modern African History. Her dissertation examined girlhood and modernity in South Africa in the 1950s-1970s, analysing the cultural pressures which girls were under at that time and the societal norms they were expected to adhere to. Passionate about International Development, and particularly issues of gender, Tara started off as a Research and Projects Intern with ATE, then working on different projects including our ‘Support for Girls Workshops’ during a month trip to Lawra. In July 2019, Tara became ATE’s Operations and Project Support Officer, a varied role which focuses on project work, communications, fundraising and administration!

tara@ateghana.org 

Prosper Albeboure

Hub Manager

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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.

Benon Rexford

Hub Manager

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I am a born native of Ambori. Ambori is a community in Lawra. I have lived a major part of my life in Lawra. For the sake of schooling, I have lived outside of Lawra in Wa for sometime too. Financial Accounting is what I studied in school. But I have a passion for the less privileged. There has being a question in my mind: “In the future, what contribution can I make in the lives of the poor to put a smile on their faces?” Bridging the gap between the poor and the less privileged has being my heartbeat because I have being though that road. So when I heard that ATE Ghana was recruiting a Project Assistant, I knew this was it.

Naawe Nicholas

Hub Manager

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I am a blood native of the land in Lawra. Growing up in Lawra, where I was born, I had both primary and SHS education in Lawra. I hadso had my Secondary Technical Education in Tamale (in the Northen Region), and was admitted into a Bsc. degree in Automotive Technology Education in 2016 from UEW-Kumasi.

As part of the award of the said degree, ‘Special Education’ was studied in partial fulfilment of the program. Therefore, I had a belief that ATE is a good place to work where my potentials can be maximized as a ‘Project Assistant’.
ATE has taken up the right Mantle –  fighting poverty in Lawra – and am ready to support in my capacity.

Gan Ernestina

SNAP Play Scheme Coordinator

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My name is Gan Ernestina, I come from Eremon a small village under Lawra, I am a girl of age twenty-four, I completed Lawra Senior High School in the year 2015. I’m working with ATE as the SNAP Play Scheme Coordinator which I am really excited about. I am very happy for working with disabled children to make them feel part of the society.

 

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.

Peter Willetts

Trustee

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Peter is involved in the day-to-day running of ATE. In his working life, he was involved in the operations of businesses so he attends the monthly Operational Management Meetings and gives support in the finance and project areas as well. Peter is a key fundraiser and advocate for ATE.

trustees@ateghana.org

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. 

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Susan Suchopar

Trustee

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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.

trustees@ateghana.org 

Stephanie Green

Trustee

stephaniegreen@hotmail.co.uk

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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.

trustees@ateghana.org 

Peter Maple

Trustee

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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.

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Andrew Ritchie

Trustee

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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.

 trustees@ateghana.org

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