Staff

Stuart Craig
CEO

Stuart joined the Trust as CEO in 2015 having previously worked for 24 years in International Development, most recently as a Programme Manager for Comic Relief.  He previously lived in South Africa while working as Country Director for VSO.

Gillian Attwood
South Africa Manager

Gillian works with the Trust's civil society partners in South Africa, and coordinates the Alumni Network. She has 20 years’ experience working on education and community development projects in South Africa and Lesotho. She holds a PhD in Adult Education from University of the Witwatersrand.

Eva Lenicka
Scholarships Manager

Eva manages the Trust's multiple international scholarship programmes. She joined Canon Collins Trust in 2014, having previously worked in communications. Eva holds an MSc in International Relations from Kingston University.

Roger Richards
Finance Manager

Roger has worked at the Trust since 2012. He has twelve years’ experience of financial management in the charity sector, including five years with a national disability charity. 

Catherine Sofianos
Communications Specialist

Catherine joined the Trust in 2019, and holds the Communications portfolio. She has worked in the development communication space for fifteen years, most recently as a Communications Specialist at Afrika Tikkun. She is a pioneer at heart, and passionately committed to using visual storytelling to influence social change. She has a Masters in Film and TV, and one in Applied Linguistics.

Nia Hamedi
Scholarships Officer

Nia is passionate about social policy including education and welfare. She obtained a BA Social Policy and Sociology at the University of Leeds. Her volunteering includes research for the Freedom of Thought Report, organising refugee-led cooking classes, teaching English to Asylum seekers and refugees, and ‘Nightline’ (a confidential listening phone line service).

Jill Ritchie
Fundraiser and Partnerships Manager

Jill is responsible for forging and promoting partnerships and fundraising.  She has fundraised for over three decades, specialising in raising money both within South Africa and from the UK for southern and South African causes. With Chairman, John Battersby, Jill formed the SA-UK Trust Network in 2010 and continues to guide its invaluable role, supporting over 200 SA assisting UK registered organisations.