Although the Beatrice Project officially began its life in 2015, when Joy suggested that the work be named after my Mum, my relationship with Joy had begun in the late 80s when she was a child. As a secondary school teacher, I had gone to Zimbabwe to be in charge of the small school at the children’s home where she lived. The experience I gained there gave me a life-long passion for Zimbabwe, particularly her children, and I am thrilled that we are, as a charity, able to be partners with and support the work of Ntombi Nto. I look forward to when we are able to make another visit to work alongside the NN team and to further our joint aims.
I am excited to have been committed to the work of the Beatrice Project since joining Sue as a Founder Trustee in 2017, having visited the work in Zimbabwe the year before. I have a background as a doctor in Sexual health and experience in health education with young people both in UK and in many other countries. I am glad to be able help the project known as Ntombi Nto as it develops. Using my experience it has been good to help with peer education, developing safeguarding and helping the adult leaders to mentor the girls who benefit. In future training I hope to help Ntombi Nto in its vision to roll out their project model to other schools and to include boys in the peer education programmes.
Having grown up in a health care environment in a rural setting in Africa, I have a strong empathy with the struggles of health and education in a developing economy. Now with the experience of running a couple of businesses and being involved in charitable enterprises in the UK, I am pleased to be part of the Beatrice Project, a charity I have known through its founder since its inception.
I am a solicitor in private practice who has been advising charity clients for many years. I also have long term experience of serving as a charity trustee. I fully support the aims of this charity which provides practical care to enable girls to continue their education.
Barry is our Treasurer.
The Beatrice Project supports the work of Ntombi Nto Girl Child Network, a Registered Trust in Zimbabwe.
The Charity was set up in 2017 with three trustees: Sue Hutchinson, Karen Trewinnard and Adrian Thomas. Since May 2020, there have been four trustees: Sue Hutchinson, Karen Trewinnard, Roger Snowdon and Tony Arthur. Together, the trustees help facilitate the work of the Ntombi Nto Girl Child Network trust registered in Zimbabwe, in collaboration with Joy Khumalo and her team.
The Beatrice Project Trustees are assisted by Barry Trewinnard who is currently the charity’s Treasurer.