Tim is a non-executive director of a number of companies in the UK and Canada.
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.
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 Friends Trusts Limited, of The Tim Field Foundation and of the Nacro Staff Benefits Plan. He is a former Chair of Trustees at Anti-Slavery International.
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.
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.
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.
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 25 years’ fundraising experience, five of which she spent with Save the Children. Since leaving Save the Children, Helen has had a varied career which, in addition to running the Starehe appeals, has involved working as a respected and trusted independent Fundraising Consultant and Interim Manager. Helen’s expertise lies mainly within the humanitarian / international development field, with the odd foray into the Arts and Higher Education! This diversity is reflected in Helen’s client list, a mix of renowned ‘household names’ and organisations known mainly within the charitable sector, ranging from Cass Business School, the British Library and Dulwich Picture Gallery, to NACRO, Help the Hospices, AMREF Health Africa UK, Heart ‘n Soul, RedR UK, Children in Crisis and the Consortium for Street Children. In addition to her professional work, Helen combines Trusteeship of two other charities with her role as Trustee of Starehe UK.
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.
Geraldine worked in the financial services sector for all of her career, ending with a senior role in Lloyds Bank. She managed programmes for the retail bank focussing on the people side of change.
She became involved with Starehe Girls in 2006 when, along with a group of girlfriends, she set up a charity supporting disadvantaged girls in Kenya. Providing each girl with a mentor and supplementing this with workshops in Kenya, they encourage girls to achieve their best and dream wide. Starehe Girls school was one of the first schools they partnered with and to date 1400 girls have been through the programme in Kenya and beyond.
Since finishing full time work, Geraldine is enjoying the freedom of self-employment, volunteering in UK and abroad, travelling and learning bridge!
Vane was in the first cohort of students who joined Starehe Girls' Centre when it opened in 2005. Vane achieved a BSc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nairobi, Kenya before proceeding to the University of Edinburgh in 2016 to study an MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems.
Vane plans to use her knowledge to develop sustainable energy solutions for Kenya and the developing world. She is especially interested in off grid energy projects and other innovations around mini grid technologies.
To give something back to the community Vane founded Fly Sister Fly Foundation in 2011. The Foundation advocates for the rights of women and girls in marginalised areas of Kenya. This comes from the belief that a little support can change someone’s life forever.