Accountability & Transparency

To be accountable to our donors and the people we serve, and to make our decision-making processes transparent, we are sharing these internal policies agreed to by GardenAfrica’s Board. These policies focus on financial procedures, environmental protection, child protection, HIV/AIDS employment, equal opportunities, and data protection.  All policies are reviewed and updated regularly.

GardenAfrica's accounts, annual report and return are submitted annually to the UK Charity Commission.

Read our 2013-18 Strategic Plan.

Board Duties

  • Ensuring that the GardenAfrica fulfils its statutory objectives, general functions and duties and appropriately exercises the legal powers vested in it, under the Charities Act 2011 and other legislation;
  • Determining the overall strategic direction of GardenAfrica within resource limits;
  • Monitoring the performance of the Chief Executive and her team, holding them to account for the exercise of their delegated powers and delivery against plans and budgets;
  • Promoting and protecting GardenAfrica’s values, integrity, and reputation; and
  • Ensuring high standards of governance that command the confidence of all of GardenAfrica’s staff and stakeholders.

Monique
Simmonds

Chair

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Monique is head of Kew's Sustainable Uses of Plants Group, which undertakes world-wide research into the different aspects of ethnobotany, especially medicinal and pesticidal plants, plant-animal interactions, conservation of plant diversity, and sustainable use of plant resources.

Monique has over 20 years’ experience in different aspects of economic botany, especially the chemistry of plants, and has worked in many parts of the world to ensure that local communities conserve their local knowledge about the uses of plants as well as the plants themselves

Nat
Le Roux

Treasurer

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Nat is Director of the Constitution Society, an independent foundation which works to promote informed debate about constitutional reform in the UK. He spent most of his career in financial markets and is a non-executive director of IG Group plc and of the London Metal Exchange, where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.

He is chair of the External Advisory Board of the Cambridge University Public Policy initiative. Nat holds an MA in Law from Cambridge University and an MSc is Anthropology from University College London. He has been a keen gardener for over 30 years and is currently restoring the historic West Wood garden at Walberswick in Suffolk.

Cornelius
Murombedzi

Board member

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Currently the International Programmes Manager at Widows & Orphans International, Cornelius’ experience is grounded in civil society organisational strengthening. He sits on the Comic Relief CGI advisory board, and has been involved in DFID, EU and USAID programmes to assess and support local capacity development for delivery in East, West and Southern Africa.  With over 20 years experience in team management within commercial, tertiary, and development sectors,

Cornelius brings cross-cultural and inter-sectoral management skills to GardenAfrica’s board, and remains dedicated to professional development which strengthens leadership and management capacity of business, public and voluntary sector organisations. 

Georgina McAllister

Founder/member

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With a background in humanitarian aid which, like conflict, often happens to people without their consent, George developed an interest in creating more inclusive and sustainable forms of community engagement, which view the environment and its hosts as part of a long-term solution.

Having worked during her youth as gardener in her native North Wales, and later completing her MA in politics at York (Post-War Reconstruction and Development) she drew upon these two passions, co-founding GardenAfrica in 2002, where she continues to design and develop programmes with civil society organisations in sub-Saharan Africa.