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London staff

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 Jacobs Mark Jacobs Managing Director

Mark, a qualified research ecologist, first went to Madagascar in 1998, leading a team of biologists to study the flora and fauna of the southeast.

On return to the UK, Mark started to work with SEED developing Project Lokaro. He then became Managing Director and has worked since with the board of trustees to ensure the smooth running of all aspects of the organisation. Overseeing the fundraising and marketing efforts, volunteer programmes and ongoing development of the organisation, Mark ensures effective communication and between trustees and SEED.

Melissa Hornby Melissa Hornby Programmes and Funding Coordinator

Melissa has over three years of experience developing and managing projects in Ecuador, Madagascar, and Canada. She holds a BA and Graduate Degree in International Development, specialising in International Programme Management. During Melissa’s educational career she conducted research on intercultural health programming and food sovereignty in Ecuador.

Melissa was initially drawn to SEED’s community-driven approach in 2019, when she worked as a Senior Project Officer coordinating projects across the WASH and Education departments. Her in-country experience has fostered her commitment to help further promote holistic, sustainable development in Madagascar. Melissa is thrilled to be returning to the organisation in a new capacity.

Zachary Parsons Zachary Parsons Programmes Consultant

Zac has over three years' experience coordinating and managing projects in Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania. He holds First Class Honours in Business Management and Level 5 Diplomas in Management & Leadership and Professional Consulting. His main interest is how this field can be applied to projects and organisations in the third sector.

SEED Madagascar's approach to community-led development inspired Zac to join the team in 2018, along with the opportunity to learn how a combination of multidisciplinary projects can come together to develop a single geographical location.

Rebecca Dallimore Rebecca Dallimore Corporate Liaison Officer

Rebecca graduated in 2013 from the University of Nottingham with a BSc in Environmental Science and MSc in Environmental Management before working for a sustainability consultancy. In 2017 Rebecca moved away from corporate sustainability and now works part-time with an online ethical fashion marketplace where she partners with global independent fair-trade brands.

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.

Bethany Pace-Bonello Bethany Pace-Bonello Programmes & Office Assistant

Bethany graduated from Durham University in 2019 with a BSc in Biomedical Science and is currently studying towards and MSc in the Control of Infectious Disease at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Bethany has joined SEED in order to learn more about the process of fundraising and project development. Bethany’s interests lie in international development and global health, with particular focus on WASH. Bethany was drawn to SEED because of their community-centred approach and is excited to be able to contribute to their goal of sustainably enhancing livelihoods and hopes to learn lots from the rest of the team.

Nathan Ward Nathan Ward Programmes & Office Assistant

Nathan graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2020 with a BA in Politics and International Relations. Since graduating, he has worked in fundraising and development in different charitable organisations. Nathan has joined SEED to support the organisation's crucial fundraising work and learn more about the various income streams of SEED. Nathan's interests and passion for international development mostly lie within the field of community health, and he will be starting his MSc in Health and International Development at LSE in September to pursue this area. This passion drew Nathan to the idea of working at SEED, but he is also eager to learn more about SEED's education and environment programmes as well.

Zoe Nobileau Zoe Nobileau Programmes & Office Assistant

Zoë graduated with a BA in History in 2020 and is now completing an MA in Modern History at the University of Warwick. Her research explores the intersection between energy systems and women’s rights across Sub-Saharan Africa.

Zoë was drawn to SEED Madagascar for its Community Health projects. However, she is keen to explore SEED’s diverse range of programmes and develop her writing skills in an international development context. Zoë looks forward to learning more about Malagasy culture and the natural environment across the Anosy region.

Beth Dickens Beth Dickens Programme Assistant

During 2017/2018, Beth worked within conservation education for Reef Doctor NGO, Madagascar. She later pursued her interest in this area through creating a series of Malagasy conservation story books for children. She has now graduated from Exeter University with an Environmental Science degree, during which she wrote her dissertation on the adaptive capacity of Belizean coastal communities to environmental change.

Beth was drawn to SEED because of their community driven and holistic approach to sustainable development and is particularly looking forward to combining her creativity with SEEDs sustainable livelihood and environmental projects.

Alexandra Bate Alexandra Bate Programmes & Office Assistant

Alexandra graduated from SOAS, University of London in 2020 with an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development focusing on land rights and labour markets in Colombia. She joined SEED Madagascar for its community-led initiatives and to learn more about and contribute to the sustainable livelihoods program.

Alexandra previously worked at WaterAid doing donor research, and on a rainforest regeneration project in Costa Rica, which drew her to SEED Madagascar’s work on WASH and Environmental Conservation. Excited to be part of a multidisciplinary team, Alexandra looks forward to understanding the connections between SEED Madagascar’s projects in the Anosy region.