Mr Alastair Burtt – Regional Organiser, Sussex
Alastair was a VSO volunteer teacher at Pindiga in Bauchi State from 1984 to 1986 and was the first VSO volunteer to be sponsored by the Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Memorial Trust. In the true spirit of "never being the same again" after VSO he stayed in Nigeria for a further 4 years as VSO Field Officer for Niger and Sokoto States and this led to a 25 year career in overseas development and charity management and administration, finally as founding Chief Executive of a Tuberculosis Charity. In 2010 he returned to teaching and now teaches Geography and History at Michael Hall Steiner School. Alastair says " I have met so many enthusiastic and interesting Nigeriaophiles through the BNET (and BNA before that) that organising the Sussex regional meetings is a great pleasure".
Mr Oladele Fatayi-Williams - Project Co-ordinator
Dele was born in Nigeria in 1956, the son of Justice Atanda Fatayi-Williams who was Chief Justice of Nigeria from 1979-1983, and is a graduate of the University of Ibadan. He spent the last 30 years running his own business in Greeting Cards, Graphics and Commercial Printing, as well as providing business and advisory services in various capacities. Following semi-retirement he became a BNET member and is now assisting and advising the Trust on its various projects in Nigeria. Dele brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge of the Nigerian business and Socio-political environment.
Mr Greg Ojieh- Resident Representative
A recent additional strength of BNET is a permanent formal representation in Nigeria. Engineer Greg Ojieh has been appointed Resident Representative, Nigeria since 2009. Based in Lagos his role is to monitor the effective use of disbursements, support major projects and to identify and evaluate new opportunities.
He is well placed in Lagos to closely follow each of BNET’s projects and liaise with our grant recipients and key stakeholders through visiting all projects at least once a year and our bigger projects 2-3 times per year.
Greg writes a quarterly BNET Project Report for our Trustees. This compiles progress information from on the ground which is key for our Trustees in their decision making processes.
Mrs Karen Sussex - Communications Co-ordinator
Karen manages the BNET website and social media platforms. She has a long association with the Britain Nigeria Educational Trust through her work as the Operations Manager with the Business Council for Africa. Before BCA she was an Information Technology Tutor and has always had a keen interest in web-development and social media. She is currently Head of Membership & Office Administration for the Timber Trade Federation, and on a voluntary basis, is the Administrator/Webmaster for the Airborne Network, an association supporting the Parachute Regiment Charity.
Mrs Frances Tarr- Administrator
Frances Tarr has worked for the Britain Nigeria Educational Trust as its Administrator since its formation and before that for the BNA for the past 8 years. Her knowledge of the Trust and Nigeria came from her position as Administrator of The Business Council for Africa (formerly The West Africa Committee) for whom she worked for 10 years. Her introduction to Africa came as a schoolgirl when visiting her parents in The Sudan and over the years she and her family have maintained connections with both Nigeria and Botswana.