Responsible for helping to guide SEED Madagascar's work, our board of trustees are based in the UK.
Cody is currently a senior manager in the Financial Services - Finance Transformation practice at KPMG. Prior to that, he spent time working in the Financial Service audit team at Deloitte in both San Francisco, USA and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Cody grew up on a farm near Somerset East in South Africa, but has been living abroad for the last 5 years. Having first lived in San Francisco, he has since settled in Clapham, London. Cody enjoys hiking and is an avid birdwatcher and photographer.
He first got involved with SEED as a volunteer and helped set up the internal audit function. Cody offers a range of risk management and governance support to the trustees.
Samm is a yoga and creative wellbeing teacher, and in her spare time runs Short Persuasion - a communications consultancy for charities. An ex-Head of Project Development for SEED, Samm first joined the charity in 2009 as a written communications and project development volunteer, and continues to advise the charity on all things semantic.
Andrew works for JPMorgan Chase & Co and is a qualified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Also a member of the British Computer Society (MBCS), he spent ten years as a management consultant. In his free time, Andrew acts as trustee of SEED Madagascar and has been involved for over a decade. Utilising his auditing background, Andrew helped introduce a robust set of internal operational and financial controls within SEED and visited Madagascar in 2007 to review operations and controls with local management.
Oisin is an Investment Manager and CFA Charterholder. He joined the SEED Madagascar Pioneer scheme in 2005 on a career break and stayed in touch with the organization as a project donor and subsequently trustee, focusing on treasury management.
Vicky's worked in travel for 20 years, initially as a resort manager in Ski and Lakes & Mountains resorts, then as a tourism marketing and ecommerce specialist for big brand tour operators and travel agents. A passion for independent travel, wildlife and wilderness and a personal interest in more sustainable tourism led to significant travel and volunteering in Africa followed by a Master's in Responsible Tourism Management, qualifying as a ranger, and freelance work in tours and activities, charity challenges, sustainable tourism certification, ecotourism and volunteer tourism, on which she wrote her thesis and came to meet SEED. As a trustee, Vicky provides support in marketing.
Jessica is currently the Director of Operations at Royds Withy King, a law firm in the legal top 100. Previous roles include Regional Director in the legal business process outsourcing firm, Intelligent Office and before that a career in the health service with 6 years as an operations manager in the Ambulance service.
Jessica has three grown up children and lives in a village in Wiltshire where she enjoys being part of various voluntary organisations, in particular singing and performing in a number of bands. She is a keen cyclist and walker and is will be climbing Kilimanjaro in 2020 as part of RWK’s commitment to Julian House UK, a homeless charity based in Bath. As part of her research for this trip, she has developed a keen personal interest in the conservation issues prevalent in Africa and has joined SEED to bring some additional operational focus and governance expertise to the Trustees.
Sue runs her own company, It's Your London, which designs and organises tailor made tours of London for small private groups to share her love of London, the best city in the world! She volunteers at Citizens Advice Westminster in their Research and Campaigns team helping bring about change and improve the lives of clients. She has volunteered in sub Saharan Africa for 2 months for the last 8 years, experiencing life in rural communities and investing her efforts in school building. Previously Sue worked at the BBC in the HR function most latterly as Head of HR for Production. She has extensive experience of working with senior managers and advising on the change and effective management of small and large departments. She joins the SEED board to bring her HR expertise and hands on experience in Africa.