Introducing the Advanced Fieldbase Team for Expedition 15K…
Ollie – Country Operations Manager
Ollie is part of the permanent staff here at Fieldbase. He is responsible for the operations of the Raleigh Tanzania Expedition programme; safety; implementing policy and procedure; and training and managing the Volunteer Managers. Ollie’s first taste of Raleigh was as a volunteer two years ago in Nicaragua. Eager for more, he returned to Nicaragua as a Team Leader, and then returned again as Deputy Operations Manager. Safe to say he comes to us with lots of experience!
Charlotte – Deputy Operations Manager
Charlotte is our Deputy Operations Manager and works alongside Ollie to ensure the smooth running of every project from an operational angle. Char is from Sydney, Australia and has joined Raleigh Tanzania having just finished her role as project manager with Raleigh in Nicaragua. She’s lucky enough to have once slept under the twinkling stars of the Sahara desert, and has also done some volunteer work in Kenya back in 2012.
Zoe – Admin Officer
Zoe will be working collaboratively with Ollie and Charlotte to ensure the smooth running of the Raleigh Tanzania office. She is queen of spreadsheets and a vital cog in the Raleigh wheel. Having completed a PHD in French translation, Zoe temped in admin work before joining Raleigh on this expedition. It is both Zoe’s debut in Africa and first time travelling! She’s an avid bird watcher and has already spotted a Long-tailed Mouse Catcher and a Kingfisher around Fieldbase.
Anna and Kim – Logistics Team
Our logistics team are responsible for making sure that all teams on each project site has all the food, materials and equipment they need for their projects. They will be on hand at the drop of a hat should anything need re-stocking or supplying. Kim used to be a GB trampolinist and was a stunt artist in the opening credits for the James Bond film Octopussy(!) She is currently a teacher in Leeds and loves travelling. Anne is Canadian but has been working in the Raleigh Head Office in London for the past year working in the HR department. Anne is a vegan, and a bit of a karaoke star. Post-Raleigh she would like to do HR in the humanitarian and development sectors.
Harriet – Advance Medic
Harriet has been working as doctor with the NHS for the past two years in the UK. She is part of the advanced expedition medical team. Harriet has been incredibly busy stocking all the medical kits for expedition, sourcing medical supplies locally, and providing the Fieldbase team with their vital health checks. She’s a keen open-water swimmer and completed a 10K swim in Wales as part of her pre-expedition fundraising for Raleigh.
Milly – Communications Officer
I will be documenting the expedition, bringing you updates from each project. I’ll also dip into interviews with people we meet along the way. It’s my job to provide interesting information and facts about some of the issues at hand, and the communities that we work with. I will also make sure that your messages, blog posts and letters of encouragement are delivered directly to our volunteers (more information on how to do this to come). I have six siblings (yup) and spent my childhood growing up in Hungary and Italy.
Natalia – Photographer
Natalia is going to be bringing our blogs and comms to life with her beautiful photographs. Originally from Slovakia, she has been living on a beach in Sydney for the past six years. She is obsessed with the ocean. Despite feeling a little like a fish out of water here in central Tanzania, she is excited for the challenges and adventures ahead!
That’s it folks. Bear with us – this week is set to be a big one. It heralds the arrival of our Volunteer Managers, Juanee our expedition videographer, and the signing of the Global Goals by the UN. Keep an eye on the blog for more updates!