The UK Charity

Meet the Trustees

The StareheFuture Appeal is being run by the UK-registered charity Starehe UK, Registered Charity Number 1158079.

StareheFuture supports bright but impoverished children, educates them to an exceptionally high standard and changes the face of Kenya by ensuring that leadership and service values are woven into society at every level.

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Tim Faithfull - Chairman

Tim Faithfull is a non-executive director of a number of companies in the UK and Canada (Senior Independent Director at AMEC plc).

He worked internationally for Royal Dutch/Shell for 36 years, and was President and CEO of Shell Canada Limited when he retired from Shell in 2003. He ran Shell’s operations in Kenya between 1985 and 1989, and during this period he was Chairman of the Management Committee of Starehe Boys Centre. Besides Tim’s current position as Chairman he has been a trustee of Starehe UK since 1996.

Trustee Tim Faithfull

Paul Whitehouse

Paul was founder Chairman of Starehe UK from 1972 to April 2013. Paul worked in a voluntary capacity as Starehe’s Assistant Bursar from 1963-64, and has raised funds for the school ever since.

Paul retired as Chief Constable of Sussex in 2001, and is the former Chair of the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

Paul is also Chair of Governors of Sidcot School, Chair of The Tim Field Foundation and Treasurer of the Quakers and Business Group. He is a former Chair of Trustees at Anti-Slavery International.

Trustee Paul Whitehouse

David Kisiaky - Honorary Treasurer

David was a student at Starehe Boys’ Centre from 1994 to 1999.

He studied ‘day and night’ to beat the 20,000 other applicants all competing for only 214 places available in 1994.

Once in school, David excelled – going on to win a place in Kenya's top law school at the University of Nairobi. Prior to taking up this place however, David was chosen for a cultural and educational exchange to Scotland, where an ‘empathetic friend’ was taken aback by his story, ambition and determination - and offered to sponsor his law degree.

Besides the Bachelors in Law, David also holds a Masters in Management and is now working in the UK. He has kept the Starehe schools very close to his heart and supports all related good courses at every opportunity.

Trustee David Kisiaky

Will Cavendish

Dr Will Cavendish is Director General of the Implementation Group at the UK government Cabinet Office, responsible for ensuring the government’s top priorities are driven forward effectively. Prior to this he was Director General, International Energy and Climate Change at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, where he was responsible for leading the UK’s efforts in securing ambitious global action to combat climate change.

He has had a distinguished career as an economist, working for the World Bank and a number of other international agencies, lecturing at Oxford University and Imperial College, and holds a doctorate in economics from Oxford University. Dr Cavendish’s family has a long connection with Starehe Boys’ Centre.

Trustee Lord Valentine Cecil

Lord Valentine Cecil

Lord Valentine is the fourth son of the 6th Marquis of Salisbury and a member of one of England's most prominent families. His family shares centuries of history with Africa that continues today.

Although primarily based in London, Lord Valentine has retained an interest in Africa for over 35 years and spends several months a year in the region, particularly Kenya and other parts of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Beyond his business interests, Lord Valentine is Vice Chairman of the Eastern Africa Association which represents the business interests of its members in Eastern Africa and Non-Executive Chairman of Brookwood Capital Corporation.

Trustee Lord Valentine Cecil

Ronald O Onyango

Ronald studied at Starehe Boys Centre from 1989-92, and credits it for defining his character, and ambition - and for giving him a sense of self-belief, stability and a ‘lifetime opportunity’.

Ronald graduated from Lancaster University in 2001 with a law degree then furthered his studies at Manchester Metropolitan School of Law, graduating in 2004. He has since worked for a variety of law firms, large and small.

Ronald is also a keen sportsman - and a Manchester United fan.

Trustee Ronald O Onyango

Canon Keith Price

Keith volunteered at Starehe for just over a year in 1967, setting up the Technical school and starting 14 Nairobi East Scout Troop at the Centre. He has remained an enthusiastic and involved supporter ever since, re-visiting Starehe three times and was one of the founding member of Starehe Boys Centre UK association Ltd.

He retired as a Project Manager in 2011 and has also just completed 10 years as a churchwarden in Bursledon Parish in Winchester Diocese. He is also a Lay Canon of Bukedi Diocese, Church of Uganda.

Trustee Keith Price

Carole Spencer

Carole is a professional flautist, conductor and teacher. She worked as a music volunteer at Starehe in 1991and 1992 and has remained in contact with the school ever since.

Now based in Holland, as well as her music ensembles Carole has been Chairman of the English speaking Catholic Church of Amsterdam, coordinates the visiting music staff at the British School of Amsterdam, and is secretary to the Amstelveen Symphony orchestra.

Trustee Carole Spencer

Helen Varma

Born and raised in East Africa, Helen Varma has a long-founded personal interest in the development of Kenya. Her connection with Starehe goes back to 1996 when she was invited to lead the first UK-based fundraising campaign for the Boys’ Centre; the highly successful ‘Aim High Appeal’. This was followed by the second successful ‘StareheFuture Appeal’, 2008-2011.

Helen has over 20 years’ fundraising experience; five of which she spent with Save the Children, followed by ten years as an independent Consultant working for a wide variety of clients, including renowned charitable organisations such as Cass Business School, the British Library, NACRO and Help the Hospices, as well as smaller, developing charities. Since completing the StareheFuture Appeal in 2011, Helen has resumed her career as a respected independent Fundraising Consultant & Interim Manager.

Trustee Helen Varma

Mark Webb

Mark was an IT volunteer at Starehe Boys’ Centre between 1994 and 1996, and for several years was responsible for volunteer recruitment at Starehe Boys’ Centre. He remains an enthusiastic and involved supporter of Starehe.


Michael Burton - Honorary Secretary


Registered Charity No: 1158079