Dig Deep are incredibly fortunate to have an active and committed team of Trustees and Advisors who provide oversight and direction for the organisation. 

Peter Fitzsimmons - Founder and Chair of Trustees

Peter is a Renewable Energy Analyst with Axis Capital, working in a team underwriting renewable energy projects around the world. He worked for another small charity operating in East Africa during his time studying Geography at Exeter University and went on to establish Dig Deep in 2007.

 

Peter managed Dig Deep's first two projects in Kenya and now chairs the Board 

Jo Zeevi-Green - Founder and Trustee

Jo works globally with high profile corporate partners to raise funds and support for UNICEF. She has a particular interest in WASH and education within international development. With eight years of third sector experience she has worked with a wide variety of charities and companies including the UK's largest charity Cancer Research UK.

 

Jo co-founded Dig Deep with Peter Fitzsimmons in 2007 and has spent a considerable amount of time in East Africa which has cemented her commitment to the charity.

James Pallett - Trustee

James is a chartered accountant who has formerly worked for MacIntyre Hudson as a senior auditor and is now employed by LaSalle Investment Management as a Fund Accountant. He has travelled extensively in East Africa and has a keen interest in international development.

 

James is chairman of Dig Deep’s Finance Committee.

David Fitzsimmons - Trustee

David has pursued a career in the energy business, initially in oil & gas and more recently in renewables and clean tech. He has extensive board experience and is currently a Director or advisor of 5 companies in the energy sector and a governor of the Skinners’ Kent Academy.

 

As well as his board experience he brings a string of interests in sustainability, development, and infrastructure.

Dionne Harrison - Trustee

Dionne is a specialist in supporting organisations to design and implement strategies and programmes that make a real difference to workers in the supply chain whilst delivering for the bottom line. With over 15 years of experience working in Europe, US, Asia and Africa, she has developed ground breaking programmes addressing modern slavery, organisational change, worker/gender empowerment and leadership at all levels. Her main focus is putting the ‘human’ back into human rights with a people centred agenda; listening to and working with people to build sustainable success.

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Where to find us

We have two offices:

 

Ndanai, Bomet - this is where the majority of our projects are located. Having a permanent office space here allows us to cost effectively implement, monitor and support our County, Kenya programmes, and makes it easy for community members and representatives to get in touch with us to feedback on our work.

 

Sheffield, South Yorkshire (UK) - this is our base for supporting our volunteers and fundraising across the UK.

The Charity Team (in order of when they joined)

Ben Skelton - CEO

Prior to joining Dig Deep Ben funded and managed water, sanitation and education projects in East Africa and the Middle East, and studied economics and human geography. He initially volunteered as a programme manager with Dig Deep for two years, both in Kenya and the UK, before being employed by the Charity in 2011 and later appointed as CEO.

 

He currently supervises our work in Kenya and the development of our Kenyan Team. Ben lives with his wife in Sheffield.

James Michael Haughton - Operations Director

James has been with Dig Deep since 2011. He lived and worked in Kenya between 2015-2018 in order to increase capacity within our Kenyan Team. More recently James has been focused on the UK, developing new partnerships and new income streams for the charity.

He has overseen the rapid growth of the charity’s income, and continues to develop and drive the charity’s fundraising and communication strategies whilst contributing insights into our programmes in Kenya.

Justus Tanui - Regional Manager

Prior to joining Dig Deep, Justus was the Head Teacher of the ‘Small Home’ in Ndanai, Bomet County, a home for disabled children which he developed from humble beginnings to a local centre of excellence. In 2011 Dig Deep was able to work with the Small Home to install access to clean drinking water. Justus then began volunteering for the charity, coordinating similar projects across the community.

 

Following the huge success of these projects, Justus was initially appointed as Dig Deep field officer in 2013, and is now the most senior member of staff in Kenya.

Nelly Chepkorir - Project Officer

Nelly joined the Kenya team to support our water, sanitation and hygiene training (WASH) activities and develop our menstrual hygiene management (MHM) training. Nelly studied Public Health at the University of Kabianga, and has experience in community led total sanitation (CLTS) and WASH with the Kenya Red Cross Society and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.

Mick Streets - Finance Officer

Mick joined Dig Deep in 2015 and works two days a week managing the charity’s finances and administrative operations.

 

Before joining Dig Deep he worked for 33 years for HSBC Bank.

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The Challenges Team

 

Many of our supporters take on life-changing challenge events in East Africa to raise vital funds for our work. These events used to be organised by external travel agents, but we now organise these in-house. This allows us to ensure that our challenges are safe, fairly benefit local people and maximise the funds raised for our projects - we’re really proud to say that because of this we are the only UK Charity approved as ethical by the Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project.

 

Find out more here.

 

Together the challenges team is responsible for supporting our challenge fundraisers both before they depart and in East Africa.

Rachael Marshall - Fundraising Manager

Rachael studied Political Science at the University of Birmingham, during her time there she was a fundraiser and team leader for Dig Deep, raising thousands of pounds by taking on both Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya challenge events as well as working and volunteering for the students union and societies.

After graduating Rachael spent some time travelling and volunteering in East Africa, before joining Dig Deep in 2017.

Simon Franklin - Operations Manager

Simon studied Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Birmingham graduating in 2012. He then progressed into PhD research investigating the effect of footwear on balance in older adults at the same institution. Alongside his PhD he volunteered as a fundraiser for Dig Deep summiting Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

 

After completing his PhD he joined the Dig Deep team in September 2017.

Harriet Brass - Fundraising Support Officer

Harriet climbed Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya for Dig Deep as a student fundraiser whilst completing a degree in Human Geography. Since completing the climbs she has studied for an MA in International Relations and joined the challenges team full time in July 2019.

As Fundraising Support Officer her main role is offering fundraising support and guidance to all challenge fundraisers.

Ela Antosiewicz - Fundraising Support Officer

Ela climbed both Kili and Mt. Kenya and completed a series of UK based races for Dig Deep alongside studying a masters in International Development.
After taking part in numerous volunteering projects and fundraising challenges, Ela joined Dig Deep in July 2019 to continue supporting others take on amazing challenges.

As Fundraising Support Officer her main role is offering fundraising support and guidance to all challenge fundraisers.

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We know that our work will be most effective if we partner with local government and NGOs. It is only with their expertise, local knowledge and network that we can ensure our projects meet the needs of the communities we work with.

 

 

Bomet County Government

 

We have been working with Bomet County Government since 2013. The focus of our work together so far has been on our WASH in Schools programme ensuring every child in targeted sub-counties has access to clean drinking water, safe sanitation and hygiene education. This work has included developing a bespoke hygiene training  curriculum tailored specially to the needs of children in the county. We also work together to scale up Community Led Total Sanitation programmes in the county.

 

The Maa Trust

 

The Maa Trust is a Kenyan Charitable Trust based in Narok County near to the Maasai Mara. Their mission is to ensure the long-term conservation of the Maasai Mara ecosystem through empowering periphery communities to gain significant and tangible benefits from conservation.

 

We have partnered closely with The Maa Trust since 2011 to help communities maintain and improve existing water and sanitation services; construct large scale Rainwater Harvesting and Spring Catchment projects; and provide hygiene promotion training to all school children in the region. The Maa Trust’s relationship with local communities and understanding of the delicate socio-ecological balance of the region are vital to the success of our work.

 Registered Charity No. 1148745 

Dig Deep (Africa)

346 Glossop Rd, Sheffield,

S10 2HW

Email: info@digdeep.org.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 114 360 1471 /

+44 (0) 7366 142 807

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