Our Team

Jane van Velsen

Jane van Velsen

Jane is the General Manager for both Love Support Unite Africa Foundation and our brand, LoveSpecs.  It’s a full time post as you can imagine.

Jane comes to us from the non-profit sector with experience as CEO in several other charities before joining us.  Having spent years in Africa working in charity Jane brings many skill sets to the organisation including governance, marketing, finance, fundraising, events, compliance, strategy, day to day management and IT development of systems. Reporting into the board of  Trustees, Jane is responsible for the day to day management of the organisation including our partnerships and all the projects we’re involved with.

Nina Roots

Nina Roots

Nina is a Project Manager and one of our original founders.  She studied at de Montfort University in Leicester and graduated with a degree in Marketing & Business.  These days Nina spends a lot of time at the projects she manages in Malawi. She is incredibly hard working and inspires all around her. Her  selflessness and her determination have enabled her to really change lives in Malawi.

Nina got involved with Tilinanu Orphanage in 2009 and is now a Trustee of Tilinanu. She developed the idea of using LoveSpecs as a fundraising platform for Love Support Unite Africa Foundation.  She and her sister – Alice Pulford – have grown the charity to where it is now in 2018.

Nina is inspired by the life changing possibilities of permaculture and sustainability.

Zahra Aziz

Zahra Aziz

Zahra is our administrator in the UK office in Leicester.  Zahra joined us in 2018 from a very strict administrative background within County Council where she worked after graduating from de Montfort University.  She is responsible for all aspects of the administration of the organisation and reports to our General Manager, Jane van Velsen.

She takes good care of us all and has added a lot of value to the way we work with our volunteers, fundraising events, field trips, compliance and general administration within and outside the office, reporting, finance administration and care of the event organisation.

 

Alice Pulford

Alice Pulford

Project Manager/Fundraising
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Alice is the cornerstone of the whole organisation.  She is the founder and also a Trustee of Tilinanu Orphanage as well as a founder of Love Support Unite Africa Foundation.

Today Alice also works as a Project Manager and Fundraiser for Love Support Unite Africa Foundation and is instrumental in driving the reach of LoveSpecs through festivals in the EU.

She’s an inspiration to so many people and has incredible energy and vision. She started Tilinanu Orphanage with Mercy in 2009 when she was only 19.

Most of her time is spent on developing the different projects in Malawi. Her work and commitment has been widely recognised. In 2015 Alice was named Britain’s Best Volunteer by the Small Charities Coalition and in 2016 Alice and Nina were named as the latest ‘Points of Light’ by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. She has also won the Margarette Award of the Inner Wheel.

Alice is passionate about the power of education to help change lives.

Gift Mkandawire

Gift Mkandawire

Malawi Director

Gift is our Malawian Project Manager and also head of the Tilnanu Orphanage.  He is also the son of Mercy Mkandawire, and co-founder of Tilinanu. He is fully dedicated to making a success of all our projects in Malawi. He is a true precious gem.

Gift wears a variety of hats including that of Director of Love Support Unite Foundation Malawi. We have worked with Gift since our journey began in Malawi 2009.  He is a brother to our founders Alice and Nina. Gift is our first contact with communities and with the Malawian team. Our work in Malawi could not have come this far without him.

If you volunteer with us you are guaranteed to meet him.

How you can get involved

We believe in partnerships and the power of connection. By working together and through creating opportunities which benefit individuals, organisations communities and influence global trends and policies we succeed in empowering communities in poverty.