emerge poverty free


Our team

The fight against poverty is not remote, it is right here and all of us take sides.

With just 8 members of staff and the assistance of our generous supporters and our wonderful volunteers and trustees, emerge poverty free works to empower the world’s most vulnerable and bring positive change to the communities that need it most.

Get to know our team below.

Margaret Edwards

Chair of Trustees
Retired Head Teacher with a heart for Africa. Loves the work and the passion of emerge poverty free.Margaret in Gitega web b

Melanie Nightingale

Interim CEO
  19 years experience of fundraising and strategic management in the charitable sector.MelanieN002

Claire Armitage

Overseas Projects & Organisational Evidence Manager
Passionate that poverty is not accepted as a fact of life.Claire websize

John Decruz-Young

Finance Manager
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Loves working with charities & is passionate about causes related to poverty alleviation. Enjoys sports and is a big Man U fan.JY headshot web

Steph Dowlen

Individual Giving Manager
Believes together we can empower individuals & strengthen communities. Passionate about equal opportunities for everyone. photo

Lorna Tallowin

Programmes and Partnerships Coordinator
  Believes in global kinship and that we are stronger together.1cf0bf2-300x300

Daina Zekaite

Supporter Care & Database Coordinator
Loves challenges & is excited to help make a positive impact on communities in east Africa. Daina photo for website

Lynn Evans

Data Management Adviser
Pleased to volunteer a day a week at emerge, knowing that my skills are helping people in poverty around the world.O

Candy Bowles

Strategic business development consultant with experience in the charity, commercial, corporate and government fields.Candy for web

Nicholas Milton

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Climate change campaigner, conservationist, freelance journalist writing for the Guardian. NickMilton