Our Team

Alice Pulford

Alice Pulford

Project Manager/Fundraising

Alice is one of our founders.

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.

She works full time on developing the project 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.

Nina Pulford

Nina Pulford

Project Manager

Nina is one of our original founders.  She is incredibly hard working and inspires all around her. She is selfless in her determination to change lives in Malawi.

Nina got involved with Tilinanu in 2009 and has helped her sister – Alice – grow the charity over the last five years.

Nina helped to create and develop the idea of Love Specs as a fund raising tool for Love Support Unite with the intention of being able to gift in exchange for a donation. Nina works full time on the projects in Malawi. Nina is inspired by the life changing possibilities of permaculture and sustainability.

Gift Mkandawire

Gift Mkandawire


Gift is one of our Directors based in Malawi and head of the Tilnanu Orphnage and the son of Mercy Mkandawire, 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 is country director of Love Support Unite Foundation. We have worked with Gift since our journey began in Malawi 2009 and he is a brother to Alice and Nina and so much more. Gift is our first contact with communities and the Malawian team, 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.