Funsani is run by a board of volunteers and patrons who are dedicated to the improvement of children's lives through care and education. Funsani Home is managed by three wholesome people who provide the children with a stable environment to learn, grow and play.
KWILOLE CHISUSE-VAN DER BOOM
Born in Zambia, Kwilole has personally experienced the loss of loved ones through HIV. As Chairperson of Funsani, Kwilole shows boundless energy and commitment coordinating the team, liaising with the managers of the orphanage in Zambia, and keeping in touch with all the youngsters at Funsani Home. Kwilole lives in Oxford and works for Ashfield Health.
JOS VAN DER BOOM
Jos has been involved in fundraising for Funsani since the charity was founded in 2002. As Deputy Chairperson, Jos supports the Chairperson to ensure the smooth running of all aspects of the charity.
Kristian works as a Performance Analyst at Network Housing Group in North West London. As Treasurer of Funsani, Kristian leverages his knowledge and experience of the charity sector to support the rest of the board and manage the accounts.
Alex is a founding member and has been involved with Funsani from its beginnings, raising awareness about HIV and the work we do. As secretary of Funsani, Alex is responsible for the smooth functioning of the Management Committee and ensuring meetings are effectively organised and minuted.
Katie became a board member in January 2016 having been introduced to Funsani by Jos and currently works in London as a technology consultant. With previous experience working with charities in Tanzania, in this new role Katie coordinates and provides focus for all of Funsani's fundaraising efforts.
VAN DER BOOM
Deputy Communications Officer
Ntima is a technology consultant based in London. She is responsible for supporting communications to raise awareness of Funsani and the work we do.
Deputy Fundraising Officer
Having been inspired by the success stories of the children touched by the work of the charity, Vizor is excited to support the work of the team. As the Deputy Fundraising Officer of Funsani he supports the organisation of fundraising initiatives.
Dominique has been involved in Funsani from the age of 10, raising money through fundraising events. She works as in innovation consultant in London and since 2020 has taken on a larger role in the charity. She ensures the wider public are aware of the incredible work going on within Funsani and how it has changed the lives of many children.
David is a retired doctor. He has been involved with Funsani since visiting the Home in 2018. He became a trustee in February 2020.
Patron & Founder
Apakombwele is co-Founder of Funsani and a life-long patron of the charity. Growing up in Zambia and through her work as a doctor in the UK, Apakombwele has personally and professionally experienced the devastation brought on by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
REV. JULIAN MACRO
Julian, who has been an active supporter of the charity since it was founded, is a Patron of Funsani and a retired minister of the United Reformed Church.
Joyce joined Funsani in 2021 to oversee the day-to-day activities and care at the home. Joyce is a trained a social worker who brings seven years experience working with children with multiple NGO's
Wilson, or Uncle Willy as he is known by the children, has devoted his life to caring for the children at the Home since it opened in 2002.
Affectionately known as Aunty Grace, has been the Principal Carer at the home since 2002, with years of experience in housekeeping and child care. Meal times are coordinated and chores are carried out dutifully under Grace's careful guidance.