Our Team


John Whitaker, Chair
John has worked with BUILD since it began. He represents BUILD with the Commonwealth and Welsh Assembly Government. He was Deputy Director of Oxfam from 1992 to 2004 and Trustee (latterly Chair) of the Fairtrade Foundation between 1994 and 2005. He is Chair of the International Broadcasting Trust; a Non-Executive Director of the Ethical Property Company and Chair of the Ethical Property Foundation; a Trustee Director of the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and a Trustee of Nacro.

Tina Alexander
Tina is the Executive Director of Lifeline Ministries in Domenica and is the British Honorary Consul in Dominica. She also provides training and consultancy for civil society organisations.

Emana Niskan-George
Emana Niskan-George is Policy Advisor and Senior Programme Officer for Gender and Development Action in Nigeria which is committed to gender equality, sustainable development and social justice in Nigeria.

Nick Maurice
MBG, The Upper Office, The Dutch Barn, Elm Tree Park, Manton, Wiltshire SN8 1PS
++44 (0)1672 861116, Nick@mbg.org

Nick is the former Director of BUILD and we are delighted to have him back on the team as a trustee.

Nick, along with a group of local individuals founded MBG, a Community Link between Marlborough, Wiltshire and Gunjur in The Gambia in 1982. The link is still going from strength to strength thanks to the hard work and dedication of its many dedicated volunteers and now with Nick at the helm, as director.

In 1985, Nick along with others, founded the UKOWLA, bringing together UK based 'links' for common learning and understanding and worked as it's director from 2000 to 2008, when he became the full time director of BUILD.

Amjad Saleem

The Cordoba Foundation, Westgate House, Level 7 Westgate Road, Ealing, London W5 1YY

Tel. +44 (0)20 8991 3372

Amjad Saleem is the Head of Communications for The Cordoba Foundation, a Muslim-inspired ‘think and do’ tank which provides an alternative communication channel for thought leaders and policy makers on intercultural and religious dialogue, social justice issues and peacebuilding between communities. He is their lead on the Conflicts, Development and Faith Programme and on subjects including South Asia, conflict reconciliation and interfaith dialogue. He is also the UK Director for Policy and Research for the Centre for the Study of Trans-Atlantic Diaspora.


Lynne Mawby, Administrator

Lynne travelled in India and Nepal in 1985 returning to Bristol to train in the finance sector.

After working in Bristol in various financial roles in retail and software solutions, Lynne now works part-time for the Marlborough Brandt Group (MBG) which has links with Gunjur in The Gambia. As Office Manager Lynne visited Gunjur with a group of teachers in 2011. The remainder of her working week is now spent supporting BUILD as administrator.

Brian Mildenhall, Accounts Manager and Treasurer
In June 2010 Brian took early retirement after more than 35 years working for a major UK life assurance and pensions company.

After retiring he spent 10 weeks living in Kathmandu where he taught English to novice Tibetan monks and to schoolchildren at a school on the outskirts of the city, he also spent time at an orphanage which is supported by a local group here in the UK.

For the past four years he has been a trustee and treasurer of a small charity working in the area of mental well being and is the chair of governors at a local school and is an active supporter of two ‘friends of young carers’ groups and the orphanage in Kathmandu