SEED Madagascar's two full-time staff members in the small London office are responsible for strategic planning and financial management, awareness raising and fundraising, and promoting our international volunteering schemes. In addition there is usually another volunteer or two doing temporary work, so there's no surplus of space!
Mark, a qualified research ecologist, first went to Madagascar in 1998, leading a multi-disciplinary team of biologists to study the flora and fauna of the forests of the southeast.
He quickly fell in love with the island and in 1999, on return to the UK, started to work with SEED Madagascar developing the Project Lokaro initiative.
In 2000 he became Managing Director of SEED Madagascar and has worked since then with the SEED Madagascar board of trustees to ensure the smooth running of all aspects of the organisation. Overseeing the fundraising and marketing efforts, the volunteer programmes and the ongoing administration and development of the organisation, Mark ensures effective communication and general coordination between the trustees and SEED Madagascar.
International Volunteer Coordinator
Sue joined us in June 2015 as International Volunteer Coordinator in the SEED Madagascar London office,having moved from her home in the north of England to pursue a career in International Development.
Sue is a graduate of Nottingham University and has 25 years business experience within the pharmaceutical industry, most recently as a respiratory specialist with GlaxoSmithKline.
In 2013 Sue took up an opportunity to volunteer with the UN supported Millennium Village Project in Mbola, Tanzania, where she project managed the roll out of a mobile health system to a team of Community Health Workers enabling them to accurately and rapidly record and analyse health data for their local community.
Sue brings a wealth of planning and organisational skills to ensure effective marketing and administration of our volunteer programmes (pre-departure), and supports our volunteer interns in the London office.
Nick Lynch - Staunton
Project Development Coordinator
After graduating from the University of Manchester with a BA in Philosophy in 2012, Nick worked in Jordan as a volunteer in the camps set up for Syrian refugees. He fulfilled a number of different roles including the reception of new arrivals and the management and distribution of essential non-food items.
Returning to Manchester to undertake a master’s degree in international development, he was particularly inspired by the importance of participatory development and community empowerment. This move away from "donor-driven, top-down development" was what motivated Nick to join SEED as Project Development Officer in Madagascar. His time there was truly life-changing, giving him the opportunity to gain the skills and experience to build a career in the international development sector.
After nine months, Nick returned to the UK, where he continues to work for SEED as the Project Development Coordinator in the London Office. Nick is really enjoying his new role and the challenges it brings as he forges the links between the Project Development team in Madagascar, SEED’s London team and its partners.
Marketing & Sales Coordinator
Rebecca graduated in 2013 from the University of Nottingham with a BSc in Environmental Science and MSc in Environmental Management. She spent the last four years working for a sustainability consultancy focusing on connecting businesses with development projects in their supply chain and implementing emission reduction programmes.
Pursuing a career in which she can combine her love of fashion and sustainability, in April of 2017 Rebecca moved away from corporate sustainability and now works part-time with an online ethical fashion marketplace where she partners with global independent fairtrade brands who employ artisans and bring traditional craftsmanship to the global market.
Rebecca discovered SEED Madagascar after looking for an organisation where tangible impacts are made on communities and the environment and now hopes to build out the Stitch Sainte Luce project reach within the UK and abroad.
Dan's association with SEED began in 2012, when he spent a month as a short-term construction volunteer. Impressed by SEED's holistic development approach and exciting programmes, he was keen to do more with the charity in future.
He later spent a year working out in Madagascar as volunteer coordinator for the Pioneer programme, leading international volunteer groups on construction, environment and community projects. Already captivated by the stunning wildlife and scenery, he came to think of the island as a second home.
On his return to the UK, he designed and developed the new website, and continues to be involved as a web administrator and Stitch Sainte Luce volunteer.