How we operate
In the UK we are both a registered charity and a charitable company limited by guarantee.
In Uganda, we have an agreement with ACLAIM Africa, a Uganda-based services and consultancy company, who provide the legal basis for ACU operations until such a time that our local ACU NGO is established. ACLAIM Africa also provide office and banking facilities, financial services, and employ project staff on our behalf.
Our Trustee team of six bring wide experience to ACU: global management in the corporate and charity sectors, children’s international development, experience of working in Africa and running small businesses.
Christine Lloyd, Chair
Christine is the Chair of the trustee board. Until recently she was Director of Organisational Development at CDC Group (the UK Government's international development finance institution) and has held senior roles in UNICEF, Cancer Research UK, Nokia and Shell.
Cynthia Haddock, Founding Trustee
Cynthia is a founding trustee of ACU. She was a Director of the World Bank and has held senior roles in multinationals, working in all regions of the world including Africa. She has experience of governance in the UK charity sector. Cynthia is a key link between the children and their sponsors.
Beth Stout, Fundraising Events and Marketing Trustee
Appointed as Fundraising Events and Marketing Trustee in September 2014, Beth currently runs a clinical leadership programme at a leading UK health charity. She has completed a leadership development programme for the charity sector, and has experience of fundraising in African and African diaspora-facing charities, especially with an educational focus.
Angela Nantulya, Trustee
Angela first learned about ACU a few years ago through a chance meeting on a delayed train from St Pancras. Angela currently helps with running the mentoring/internship programme for the soon-to-be graduates form college to allow them to increase their chances of securing employment in a very competitive market. She runs a consulting and soft skills training business in Kampala.
Tom Quinn, Trustee and Treasurer
Tom joined ACU in April 2016 following a 35-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Before retiring from PwC in July 2015, Tom served as a partner in PwC’s Capital Markets and UK Technical service practices, and previously as a member of its financial services assurance practice. Tom brings to ACU extensive experience of financial reporting, cash flow management & forecasting, and internal financial control. His early challenges include supporting the development of financial controls and procedures for ACU's soon to be established Ugandan NGO, and the transition of processes and controls currently in place. Tom, a dual UK/US citizen, was born in America but relocated to the UK in 1993.
Françoise Tustain, Trustee
Françoise Tustain became a Trustee in early 2016, having found out about ACU through a charity performance by the pianist Robert Bridge. She worked professionally as a project manager for the design company Wolff Olins, and while bringing up her family served many volunteer years first on the board of a French school and later as an organiser for St Paul’s School bursary fund.
Jaguza Child Care Mission
In Uganda our key partner is an child care NGO in Kampala which reaches out to street children in the city and offers them safety, security and the opportunity for a different life. They provide the children with shelter at night, counselling, some limited literacy and numeracy training, food and emergency health care. They propose the children in their care who are ready for sponsorship.
ACLAIM Africa is a multidisciplinary consulting and training firm that offers high quality consultancy services.
The Consortium for Street Children
We are members of the Consortium for Street Children, which is an international advocacy organisation committed to sharing and promoting best practice in helping street children around the world.
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Aid 4 International Development (A4ID)
We are an approved development partner of (A4ID) which finds pro bono legal support for charities who address a number of UN Millennium Goals. Through them we have been provided with invaluable legal advice.
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Other Uganda based NGOs
We have forged links with other NGOs who can provide local capacity building (mentoring and training) and other services. We have also linked Jaguza Children’s Mission with local networks who can offer support to them in their work with street children.