Bhubesi Pride Foundation is a UK registered charity, number 1153069.
Bhubesi Pride Foundation began life as a series of projects, starting with its first in 2011. Now, an established organisation, the charity seeks to continue growing responsibly, in order to achieve and surpass its objectives, as set out by its Board of Trustees.
With plans to develop sustainable infrastructure, our goals remain committed to the communities with whom the charity maintains strong relationships.
Board of Trustees
Lloyd runs Cardiff based video production company, Rockadove. He’s founded business networking groups in the UK and is on the committee for the Chartered Institute of Marketing in Wales. Lloyd’s company produced all videos for the charity from 2010 to 2014 and he visited Rwanda and Tanzania in 2013, reviewing project work.
Rachel works as a consultant for inclusive economic growth programmes across Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She’s worked across a range of donor funded programmes primarily supporting marginalised groups to find economic and employment opportunities. Prior to this, Rachel ran a start-up UK based non-profit organisation supporting people who were at risk of homelessness to find employment within the hospitality sector.
Andy Higgs (Chairman)
Andy founded Birmingham based web agency The Higgs Design Co., and is now COO at Akkroo, a London data capture startup. His agency built and maintains Bhubesi Pride Foundation’s website. Andy joined Rugby in Africa 2013 in Tanzania and Malawi.
Oliver spent seven years at Dulwich College, before attending Cambridge University to read economics. He volunteered for five months on Rugby in Africa 2014. Oliver then joined BPF to lead the charity’s 2015 expedition and was influential in developing the organisation’s operations and structure throughout 2015, working in strategic planning and stakeholder management capacities.
Grant was born and raised in South Africa. Following years in corporate web and graphic design, he started Rugbydump.com in 2006 and quickly built it to be one of the most visited rugby websites on the planet. He has worked with Bhubesi Pride Foundation since 2011 and continues to help with awareness, while consulting on website and social media strategy. Grant now lives in Europe, while spending time in Africa at least once a year.
Elliott is a chartered accountant currently working at UK waste management group, Viridor, with previous posts held at PwC, BDO and Old Mill. Elliott has travelled extensively throughout southern Africa, visiting the majority of the countries in which Bhubesi Pride Foundation operates. He is passionate about building a sustainable future for the communities with whom we work.
Richard grew up in South Africa and, after completing studies in the UK, qualified as a teacher and taught design technology and physics for three years at secondary level. He has over ten years extensive experience of east and southern Africa, through work and travel. In 2009, Richard began to build the African stakeholder base required to put the various frameworks in place to create Bhubesi Pride Foundation… the preparations of which have led to the facilitation of the programs we’re seeing delivered and developed today.
Rory studied Physical Education at the University of Edinburgh before working as a rugby development officer for Scottish Rugby and Marr Rugby. A keen sportsman with a love for rugby, he has represented Marr Rugby since taking up the sport at Marr College. Rory first volunteered with the charity for the entirety of its Rugby in Africa 2016 project, before taking on the role of Project Manager for 5 months of its RiA 2017 and inaugural SARE 2017 project. Rory combines his passion and expertise in rugby, Africa and development, embodying a new and ambitious vision for the charity.
Volunteer & Stakeholder Relationship Manager
Sally was born in England, grew up in Hong Kong, brought up her children – Richard and Samantha – in South Africa and moved to the UK in 1996. With an international background in marketing and education, Sally has been part of developing new businesses, including an independent school and a historical English garden in Somerset. Now at the charity, Sally focuses on the volunteer ‘journey’, building Bhubesi Pride Foundation’s brand and supporting its expanding operations.
Portuguese Sofia studied Sports and Science and has also spent time living and working in Ireland. She joined the Pride for the first time in 2017, volunteering for 5-months. She then became BPF’s first Project Manager to lead our 7-month expedition in full, in 2018… and has followed up by leading the Pride again for a second year running. Sofia is passionate about rugby, working with African communities and BPF’s team ethos.
Expedition driver & training manager
Damian is a sportsman who trained as a boxer for four years, before becoming a professional driver and mechanic for the Ugandan Government in 1993. Damian has been Bhubesi Pride Foundation’s lead driver since 2015 and is a firm Pride member and Pride Ambassador.
Simeon is also a sportsman – and a lover of volleyball. As a student in Lilongwe, Simeon trained to become a mechanic, the experience of which helped him to later become a professional driver. Simeon drives overland trucks, busses and other heavy duty vehicles. Simeon, a proud family man who enjoys travel, joined our team in 2017.
Development Officer | Malawi
Wordsworth first contacted the charity in 2010 in an effort to introduce schools he worked with to Bhubesi Pride Foundation. What’s followed is a remarkable story of selfless motivation, with Wordsworth volunteering his time to coordinate the Pride’s annual visits to Lilongwe, ensuring our rugby programs run smoothly. In 2011, we started work in one school. Through Wordsworth’s contributions, BPF now engages five schools and a youth rugby club – the ‘Bhubesi Lions’ – has since been founded. Today, Wordsworth works full-time for the charity.
Would you like to become a Pride Ambassador? Promote the charity, attend events, lead presentations, engage in social media campaigns, join a select group and gain recognition for your efforts. To find out more and to join us as a Pride Ambassador, get in touch.