The Trustees

Steve Dixon (Joint Chair)

Steve is an engineering geologist and worked for a mining company in Sierra Leone where he met his wife Kate while she was working at St Joseph’s! He and Kate have been regular visitors to the school since returning to the UK  and are highly supportive of the staff and students as they take on this new role

Kate Dixon (Joint Chair)

Kate works in the voluntary sector and has spent time working in Sierra Leone including a spell at St Joseph’s working as Sister Mary’s assistant. She and her husband manage the post of Chair jointly as they also manage two young children!

Chris Hudson (Treasurer)

Chris worked in Further Education Colleges for over 40 years and is now retired.His interest in education in Africa started in 1967 when he worked in Malawi as a VSO volunteer.

Charly Cox

Charly  is Executive Director of the Climate Change Coaches, based in Oxfordshire, helping organisations to accelerate the green transition. Charly’s team pioneered the field of climate change coaching in their industry. She co-authored the first book on the subject for Open University Press and spoke at COP27 in Egypt. Charly is an Entrepreneur in Residence at Oxford Brookes University. Prior to running the Climate Change Coaches, she worked for seven years in Sierra Leone, where she built a creative agency, working with the international development sector and organisations of the United Nations. Charly lives in Oxford with her husband, two children and their Sierra Leonean dog.

Esther Lindop

Isabel Montgomery

James Koroma

A Message from  a major supporter

I am Patricia Toulson, married with two sons and three grandchildren with a very personal interest in helping children maximise their potential even when coping with severe hearing difficulties. I became deaf in my thirties but my hearing is now greatly improved following  cochlear implant surgery so I am excited by the wonderful work happening at St. Joseph’s School to the benefit of deaf children especially in such a poor region of the world.

I will be using every opportunity to raise awareness of St. Joseph’s School whilst promoting my recently published novel ”Inside Out,” which is currently available from Amazon as a paperback and e-book. This was a project I only felt confident to do as a result of  the cochlear implant surgery so I realise how important it is for these children to get the best hearing and education possible in order to increase their future prospects.