Our team in Edinburgh and our partners in Ghana and Malawi are the key to success in achieving our goals. They are supported by our Trustees and Advisory Board.
James Turing, Founder and Director
James graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 with an MEng (Civil Engineering with Architecture) and is now doing a PhD in International Development in Edinburgh, as a Leverhulme Perfect Storm Doctoral Scholar. James has presented his work at international meetings in the US and Japan and organised a conference on solar waste, repair and recycling in Nairobi, Kenya. James has worked within the charity sector for seven years working with large charities such as Marie Curie in Scotland and in building small NGOs in Ghana. These experiences have helped him to develop the skills needed for running a charity. His current priorities are developing the Turing Trust to be able to expand into new areas in Africa.
Dermot graduated with an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and a DPhil in Genetics from Oxford. He then moved into the legal profession, working first for HM Treasury Solicitor’s Department and then for Clifford Chance where he was a partner from 1999-2014, specialising in bank and investment firm regulation. He is also a trustee of Bletchley Park and has recently published a biography of Alan Turing. He has been a trustee of the Turing Trust since its inception, taking responsibility for governance and legal matters. He also acts as a part-time volunteer, assisting with the collection and transport of donations.
Andrew graduated from the University of Strathclyde as a BSc (Honours) in Civil Engineering and spent 15 years in construction Project Management becoming a Chartered Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE) during this time. He later moved into the computer industry specialising in Construction IT with a company offering Project Costing and Accounting software packages for the construction industry. During this time Andrew became a Chartered Information Systems Professional (CITP) and Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS). In 2001 Andrew set up his own Computer Consultancy business, Pearl Computer Associates Ltd providing services to contractors in construction to help specify, select and implement new computerised accounting systems and migrate data from legacy systems. Now officially retired, Andrew divides his time between the Turing Trust and Rotary as well as being one of the engineering team that has built a community-owned 100kW hydro scheme at a local reservoir feeding into the National Grid.
Philip is a development professional specialising in project management of ICT’s in Education. Most recently Philip has been based in Kenya working with Social Enterprise Camara Education across a variety of roles ranging from Fundraising to Project management in their operations throughout Africa. Prior to this Philip was based in London working with International NGO Right to Sight as Project Executive, managing their projects in Africa. Philip is passionate about Africa and education and has travelled extensively throughout the continent and beyond. Philip has a background in Advertising & Marketing, having worked for two leading Advertising Agencies in Dublin prior to entering the Development field.
Bernie Hollywood OBE
Bernie has raised over £39.6 million pounds for UK charities, trekked unsupported to both Geographic North & South Poles, cycled across America & South America, cycled from UK to Africa & then has cycled back from Africa to the UK, run 41 marathons in 20 consecutive days, run / trekked across the Sahara & climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt McKinley & Mt Everest. He is an internationally renowned motivational speaker having spoken at the United Nations in New York & at TED. He is a mentor, trustee of two charities & sits on the board of the School of Social Entrepreneurs, Memusi Foundation & World Merit. He is an author, film maker & founder of the worlds first blind ukulele orchestra “Ukulele Light Orchestra”. He is an ambassador for Wallace & Gromit Children’s Charity, Memusi Foundation, Save the Children & Barnardo’s and joined the Turing Trust as a trustee in October 2017.
Our Team in Edinburgh
Brian Ferguson, Malawi Project Manager
After leaving school Brian took an apprenticeship as a Loftsman in Henry Robb Shipbuilders Leith, where he worked mainly on prototype ships and one off ferries. He then moved to Glasgow and worked at Yarrows Shipbuilders Limited. He worked closely with the Navy on Type 22 and 23 Frigates and joined the Navy reserve. He has also worked in sales and customer service at Sky TV and Schreiber Kitchens, as well as being self-employed. He spent the last 10 years as a Project and Program Manager at Royal Mail, delivering change and capital projects.Brian recently changed direction and decided to study computing and volunteer for the Turing Trust. He now has an HNC Computing, an HND Networking and is now studying for an Honours degree in Cybersecurity. He started working part-time for the Charity in April 2016, using his new computing skills and old project management skills. He enjoys using his skills to benefit others and hopes that through technology enabled education we can change the world, even if it is just one little bit at a time.
Georgia Strachan, Fundraising and Communications Manager
Georgia graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in Spanish & Politics. She also spent a year studying at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. Following this she spent three months volunteering with a women’s rights NGO in Northern Ghana, where she worked to spread awareness of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the local communities.
Since returning to the UK Georgia has supported various projects in Ghana which have focused on giving vocational skills to those with disabilities.
Neil Gilchrist, Operations Manager
Neil joined the Turing Trust as a volunteer in 2015. He has a background in delivering government IT projects with 30 years’ experience in technical support and project management and operational management. He has been working as our operations manager since 2017 underpinning our operations in the UK and Africa.
Our Partners in Ghana
Edmund (Eddie) Pinto Ghana Country Director
Eddie holds a post-graduate Diploma in International Financial Management from the Concord Business College. He is also a member of the Institute of Professional Managers and Administrators of Ghana. (IPMAG). He has a longstanding commitment to youth development and training and before joining the ICCES (Integrated Community Centres for Employable Skills) he served as the CEO of the Needy and Unemployed Youth Trainers at the Kumasi Polytechnic where they trained several needy youths in employable skills for free in the Kumasi Metropolis. Eddie served as the Centre Manager for Afoako ICCES from November 2003 to September 2013, winning the Best Centre Manager in 2009. He worked as the Regional Coordinator for ICCES Ashanti Region from October 2013 to November 2014. During that time he started installing computer laboratories in all the centres with the help of the Turing Trust, making it one of the fastest growing regions in terms of IT in the country. Eddie was then appointed as the Special Assistant to the ICCES National Director in December 2014 and since June 2017 has been the Head of ICT at the ICCES Head Office. He also serves as the 1st vice Chairman of the ICCES PSWU National Executive and also doubles as the Regional Chairperson of the Workers Union.
Samuel (Sam) Kofi Edanake
Sam started working for the Turing Trust in August 2016, having studied System Engineering at IPMC Ahodwo, Kumasi. His role at the Turing Trust includes checking all PCs are in full working condition before being deployed to schools, helping to set up computers and networks in schools and ongoing maintenance, repair and troubleshooting. He works closely with Eddie and has established links with the team in Edinburgh.
Our Partners in Malawi
James Gondwe, Founder and Executive Director, CYD
James began his career in the Community Development Department in the Government Ministry of Gender, Children and Community Development and later moved to the NGO sector to work with EveryChild, a charitable organization with a focus on children. This has given him over 8 years’ experience working in both Governmental and Non-Governmental organisations and a clear commitment to working in the non-profit sector. James Gondwe founded CYD, the Centre for Youth and Development in 2012. He identified a need for an NGO (non-governmental organization) to address challenges that young people face in Malawi, which in one way or another affect their transitional to achieve their fullest potential. James is passionate about his work with Centre for Youth and Development, and has a vision for how CYD can contribute to sustainable change in Malawi. He started working with the Turing Trust in 2013 and this partnership recently succeeded in obtaining a 3-year project grant from the Scottish Government to develop a fully-fledged e-library and put 4000PCs into rural Malawian classrooms.
Our Advisory Board
Our Advisory Board meets 3-4 times per year to advise on strategy and future developments. The current members of the advisory board are:
Dr Omaima Hatem BSc MSc PhD. Lecturer in International Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets at the University of Edinburgh who has previously started 8 businesses in Africa that now operate in 28 countries.
Dr Sally Smith PFHEA FBCS. Dean of School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. She has worked in the telecommunications and aerospace industries in the UK and Europe. She is the Director of the Centre for Computing Education Research and Project Director of e-Placement Scotland. She is Immediate Past Chair of the Council of Professors and Heads of Computing. A Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, her research and teaching interests combine mobile and pervasive computing with pedagogical research.
Brett Simpson. Education specialist based in South Africa with experiences from the Shuttleworth Foundation that launched the HIP2B2 (a youth educational brand), Breadbin Interactive (which delivers open content in bandwidth constrained environments) and CoZa Cares Foundation who are currently launching Nolwazi (a powerful repository of educational resources for teachers).
Cliff Robertson BSc MA MBA.Management Consultant and Project Manager with over 20 years’ experience of managing projects both in the UK and abroad.
Jim Wilson. Chartered Civil, Municipal and Environmental Engineer with a MSc in Applied Science. He spent 24 years practising overseas of which 11.5 years were spent in sub Saharan Africa. He held senior positions as Technical Adviser to the Botswana Government (Ministry of Local Government & Lands)for 4 years, Kenya Government (Ministry of Water Development) 3 years and Malawi Government (Ministry of Local Government) 4.5 years. During this time he was employed by the World Bank and UNDP working on both urban and rural development. Other notable overseas positions included Syria (3yrs), Libya (2yrs) and Gaza (2yrs) where in the latter I was UNWRA’s Chief of Water and Environmental Health. Back in the UK he became Technical Director in a large engineering company with overseas responsibilities and was a member of the UK Government’s Water Advisory Committee.
Dr John Turing MA DPhil. Currently working in publishing, he has volunteered for the Turing Trust in Ghana and supports grant applications and the development of promotional materials..
Dr Nicola Turing BM BCh DM FRCP. Previously worked as an NHS Consultant and Clinical Lead for IT. Now retired and is helping with coordinating Turing Trust online activity, monitoring and evaluation and the development of e-learning content.