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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.

Sarah King Sarah King Volunteer Coordinator

Sarah is currently studying for her masters degree with Edinburgh University. With over three years experience working as a volunteer coordinator and programmes manager for conservation organisations, in both Costa Rica and Malawi, Sarah has returned back to the UK to continue her work.

Sarah visited Madagascar in 2011 and has since wanted to work for an organisation that protects this amazing country. Sarah cannot wait to coordinator volunteers going out to work on conservation, community development and construction programmes.

Desideria Benini Desideria Benini Project Development & Office Assistant

Desideria developed a great interest in international development while volunteering for a local NGO in Uganda in 2018. She therefore pursued a Masters degree in Global Development at the University of Leeds, graduating in November 2020. Passionate about gender justice, she undertook a research project on the gendered impact of COVID-19 on WASH access in Africa and Asia, collaborating with an international NGO.

Desideria is excited to take the first steps into her career in international development by joining SEED, as she deeply believes in its community-centred and holistic approach, and is eager to contribute to SEED’s invaluable work.

Jenny Foden Project Development & Office Assistant

Jenny’s passion for international development grew throughout her time spent living amongst rural communities in South East Asia. She pursued a degree in International Development from the University of Portsmouth, and is currently working towards a Master’s. She strongly values involving the community in development projects, and has valuable experience volunteering in female economic empowerment with local NGO’s in Thailand.

Jenny hopes to learn valuable insights from the professionals at SEED Madagascar and begin her journey into the field of International Development. She is excited to contribute to improving the livelihoods of the communities in Madagascar, whilst supporting the aims and values of SEED.