Our Patrons

  • Lord-Judd-of-PortseaLord Judd has had a very distinguished career both in politics and civil society, having been a Labour MP for Portsmouth, Minister for the Navy and for International Development, and Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Director of VSO and of Oxfam and since 1991 a Labour Peer. Lord Judd has been a huge supporter of MBG's work and stayed in Gunjur in 1993. He was the first Annual MBG lecturer in 1982
  • Jon-SnowJon Snow is well known to all and often described as "the face of Channel 4 News". He has been a great supporter of MBG and was one of our Annual Lecturers. In 1998 he was the driving force behind the 'on the line' project which linked commmunities on the Greenwich Meridian who were all going to reach the new millenium at the same moment in time. It was partly MBG's work which inspired that project
  • Professor-Keith-McAdam-2Professor Keith McAdam was the Professor of Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For 8 years he was the Director of the Medical Research Council in The Gambia where he and his wife Penny gave great support to MBG volunteers working in Gunjur. He subsequently became the Director of the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda, particularly working in the field of HIV infection

  • hiscox 2Robert Hiscox recently retired as Chairman of Hiscox Insurance. He has a particular interest in Fine Arts. He was for four years a Trustee of MBG bringing a vital knowledge of the private sector to MBG, and both he and Hiscox Insurance have been generous sponsors of our Brilliant Young Pianists in St Peter's Church. Robert was High Sheriff for Wiltshire in 2011


 Our Trustees

MBG is governed by a Board of three Trustees who are in post for a period of four years although re-elected annually at the AGM

Our Trustees have all the skills required of trustees to maintain the probity of the organisation as well as bringing particular knowledge and skills that can and do play an important part in advising and supporting the Executive

  • Alex Davies is an experienced charity and corporate responsibility senior manager.  Working for nine years at the DofE and as national programme manager he has also spent six months in Gunjur and organised 14 youth group trips, leading five.  He was Deputy Chair MBG Trustees between 2009 and 2013 and attended St. John's School. 

  • Lilli Loveday is Social Development Consultant with Oxford Policy Management and previously Programme Coordinator and Researcher at Mokoro. Lilli first visited Gunjur whilst a student at St John's School, subsequently leading student groups to the Gambia. Lilli conducted research for her Masters in International Development on gender roles in Gunjur

  • Janneke Blokland is the Anglican Chaplin in Marlborough attached to Marlborough College and academic. She has spent a week in Gunjur and is particularly interested in the opportunity that the link provides for interfaith dialogue between Christians and Muslims.

The Trustees are supported by a group of committed volunteers, past trustees and associate experts including Nick Maurice, Anna Quarendon, Sarah Giles, Theresa Ardley, Geoffrey Findley, George Cooper, Trevor Kearley, Anita Bew, Daren Bew, Stephanie Dale, Steve Atyeo, Neil Griffiths, Barney Rosedale, Ric Law and Gordan Hutt.