MEET
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TEAM

Nina Roots

Nina Roots
CEO and Co Founder

Nina is a CEO, Project Manager and one of our original founders.  She studied at De Montfort University in Leicester and graduated with a degree in Marketing & Business. Going on to study sustainability and child development at the SDG Academy.  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 a Trustee. She developed the idea of using Love Specs 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.

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

Alice Pulford

Alice Pulford
CEO and Founder

Alice is a CEO, Project Manager and one of our original founders.  She studied at Liverpool University and graduated with a degree in Child Development. Alice is the founder and also a Trustee of Tilinanu Orphanage.

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

Today Alice also works as a CEO for Love Support Unite Africa Foundation and helped create and develop the charities fundraising tool  Love Specs.

Her work and commitment has been widely recognized. In 2015 Alice was named Britain’s Best Volunteer by the Small Charities Coalition and in 2016 Alice, Nina and Gayle were named as the latest ‘Points of Light’ by UK Prime Minister David Cameron. She has also won the Margarette Golding Award of the Inner Wheel.

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

Gift Mkandawire
DIRECTOR LOVE SUPPORT UNITE MALAWI

Gift is the Director of Love Support Unite Malawi and also head of the Tilnanu Orphanage.  He is also the son of Mercy Mkandawire, founder of Tilinanu. He is fully dedicated to making a success of all our projects in Malawi. He is a truly incredible man.

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.

Gayle Berry
HEAD FUNDRAISER AND FOUNDER MOTHER INFANT HEALTH PROGRAMME

Gayle originally joined Love Support Unite as a volunteer to teach the importance of nurturing care to staff in baby orphanages. The project was a success and so it was expanded to the community to reach the most vulnerable mothers and babies with very limited access to education and health. Gayle trains Nurture Ambassadors in the community to share the benefits of the project and she is the co founder of the mother and infant health initiative. Gayle volunteers her time tirelessly to fundraise, and help guide Love Specs and Love Support Unite. Gayle regularly visits Malawi to make sure the projects are having a sustainable and measurable impact and she leads on the volunteer trip.

Gayle is a former lawyer and also the founder of Blossom & Berry, an international teacher training organisation with over 1000 teachers helped to teach the importance of nurturing touch in creating connected relationships between parents and babies.

Love Support Unite simply would not have reached as many people as it has today without her help.

Shane James
Chair of the Trustees

Nigel Cudlipp
Trustee

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Nigel spent two years working for Philips Industries, the Dutch electronics multi-national, before becoming Group Director of Finance & Development for Cunard Hotels (part of the FTSE 100 Trafalgar House Group). Based in Barbados, St Lucia, New York and London, he had responsibility for a number of hotels including The Ritz, Stafford and Dukes hotels in London. Nigel then became Group Finance Director and Managing Director for a number of recruitment companies, backing one into the London Stock Exchange. The subsequent five years were spent building his own international hotel-related business with offices in London, New York, Miami and Dubai before retiring to bring up his two children. Nigel returned to work in 2005 as Finance Director of Social Firms UK, a charity involved in building businesses to offer employment opportunities to disadvantaged people, during which time he also held the position of Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Catalyst, a drug and alcohol addiction charity. He joined the Foundling Museum in London in May 2012 as Finance Director and has responsibility for Development, as well as all financial matters for the Museum charity and its trading subsidiary, of which he is Chairman.

Nigel became a Trustee of Love Support Unite Africa Foundation in 2018.