Amigos Trustees

The trustees help guide Amigos with strategic decision making and provide expert guidance and advice in their key areas of expertise.

Phil Pugsley

CEO

Phil founded Amigos in 2000. Phil and his wife Ann have a strong belief that everyone is of value. Coupled with their Christian faith it was easy for them to see the need in Africa and they desired to do something tangible about the huge numbers of AIDS orphans, war displaced and disadvantaged young people there. Phil is responsible for researching overseas development and raising funds through income-generating projects. He is also the main coordinator for the UK team. Phil works to inspire and build a vision for Amigos and develop new and existing projects. Born in Ilfracombe and educated at Shebbear College, Phil worked in retail for 10 years before spending 30 years in the print industry. Since January 2009 he has worked full time for Amigos. Phil and Ann's passion is to give opportunities and the gift of education to empower the next generation of Ugandans to become confident, caring, and self-supporting mothers and fathers.

Angus Thomson

Chairman

Angus is a director of Saltrock, a large UK surfware company. Angus was born in South Africa and has seen first-hand the injustices poverty causes. He brings his unique creative gifting and business skills to Amigos, helping to develop effective strategies both here and in Uganda. Angus and his wife Claire are passionate about caring for the disadvantaged.

Glyn Brooke

Consultant

Glyn brings to Amigos his unique ability to ‘think outside the box’. Having spent most of his life in farming, he has more recently turned his attention to the world’s need for renewable power technology. Glyn’s ability and understanding is invaluable as we are always looking for new and fresh ideas to combat poverty.

Rachel Lewis

Communications and Fundraising Officer

Rachel has over 15 years' experience as a journalist for national magazines and newspapers. For part of this time she worked in the media team at Christian Aid, London. This role involved delivering stories about Christian Aid partners from all over the world to major news outlets in print, TV and radio. Rachel is now employed by Amigos on a part-time basis.

Andrew Friend Ph.D

International Development Consultant

Before coming to Amigos, Andrew had an intense and varied career. He has over thirty years experience working overseas in agricultural reconstruction, specialising in animal production, tropical veterinary work and crop cultivation. His work has taken him all over the world, including a number of countries in East Africa. Andrew has worked for many organisations, including the FAO, UNHCR, World Bank Procurement, World Vision and Tearfund to name but a few. His extensive knowledge of agriculture and development coupled with experience with International Aid Organisations makes him a valuable asset to the Amigos board of trustees.

Ben Campbell-Colquhoun

Strategic planning

Ben is a Colonel in the British Army, specialising in operational planning, organisational change, strategic communications, and training and development. Notably, he was the lead planner for the UK's military drawdown in Afghanistan. Ben is passionate about the work Amigos is doing in Uganda and has delivered training in management and organisatonal planning with Amigos' staff at Kira Farm Development Centre.

Sian Campbell-Colquhoun

Fundraising

Since becoming a trustee in 2015 school teacher Sian, and wife to Ben, has been an avid fundraiser for Amigos. Sian also helps run the Shine Girl programme at Kira Farm Development Centre - teaching the trainees about their true value so they can go on to achieve their God-given potential.

Christine Chandler

Farming consultant

Christine runs an organic beef, poultry and arable farm in mid Devon. Along with her husband, Sam, she has visited Kira Farm many times to oversee sustainable agriculture and assist with the farming curriculum. Christine is a Lay Minister in her local church, working with young people from challenging circumstances. She has found that real change comes in people's lives through an holistic approach, helping people develop spiritually, practically and emotionally. She feels privileged to be part of the Amigos team, witnessing huge change as young people are supported towards wholeness in every area of their lives.

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