Henry Pomeroy is the Director of CHASE Africa. With a background in agriculture, Henry qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and spent ten years working managing commercial property in central London. He then completed an MSc in Tropical Agricultural Development at Reading University before spending two years in Ghana with Tear Fund setting up a farmer training scheme. This was followed by seven years with Action on Disability in Development, based in Somerset but travelling widely in Africa facilitating social development work with groups of disabled people. More recently Henry has worked in the UK and Rwanda with Send a Cow, an NGO which focuses on poverty alleviation through training in sustainable agriculture and livelihoods. He has also done consultancy for Water Aid in Rwanda.
Robin Witt has been a regular visitor to Kenya since 1976. A degree in Agriculture from Wye College led to 20 years running a vineyard and herb nursery. After selling the business he took an MSc in Environmental Science, Policy and Planning at Bath University. This led to work with the RSPB, English Nature, The Farming and Rural Conservation Agency and DEFRA. In 2000 he set up the Rift Valley Tree Trust (RVTT), a charity involved with establishing tree nurseries, planting trees at schools and the provision of fuel efficient stoves. In 2012 RVTT changed its name to CHASE Africa.
Claire Nichols is the part time Fundraising Coordinator. She is from Somerset and developed an interest in Africa during a summer expedition to a rural school in Zimbabwe at the age of 16, returning in her gap year to work in Bulawayo before completeing a degree in Development Studies at the University of East Anglia. Before joining CHASE she spent 4 years living with her husband in India running the family business and developing an awareness of the issues that cause poverty.
Rory Macdiarmid is part time Corporate Fundraising Coordinator. He was brought up in Sudan, served in the British Army and has spent much of his working life in Asia and East Africa. After a successful city career spanning over 20 years he and his wife set off to drive from Somerset to South Africa in 2010. He witnessed the Arab spring revolutions in Northern Africa and the split of North and South Sudan. It was a life changing experience lasting nearly 2 years, which led on to a 3-year involvement in building refugee camps in Eastern Africa. This first hand experience of Africa and its refugee problems convinced him that the route cause of many of these problems was linked to population growth and its effect on the environment. He returned to live in Somerset in December 2015.