Amaudo UK Trustees and Staff


John Pennells (Chair)

I am a Chartered Librarian with the Library Service of Harrow Council. Through visiting Amaudo Ntalakwu, where my daughter was a volunteer for three years, I became fascinated by the local people, particularly their courage and steadfastness in the face of personal adversity. I initially became involved in fundraising for Project Comfort and Amaudo and this led to further involvement by becoming a trustee and more recently, Chair.

Jenny Ayres

I work for Christian Aid, the international development agency, and am a regional manager based in Oxford. My job involves raising awareness about global poverty, and enabling people to do something about it through campaigning and fundraising. My first step on this career path was volunteering at Amaudo after university. Previous jobs have involved running social justice campaigns with young people for the Methodist Church, and managing Christian Aid’s youth programme. I have been a trustee of Amaudo UK since it began in 2000. I was Chair for two and a half years, standing down in October 2007.

Sarah Dockree (Vice-Chair)

I lived and worked at Amaudo Ntalakwu for two-and-a half years from October 2002. I helped establish Project Comfort, taking on and developing the role of Therapy Supervisor, using my physiotherapy skills and experience. I now live in Oxford and am a full time Mum to twin boys.

Peter Dockree

I lived at Amaudo Ntalakwu between October 2002 and June 2005, where I held the position of Project Comfort Coordinator and helped establish the project from scratch. I now live in Oxford where I am a Children and Families Social Worker.

Peter Brown (Treasurer)

I am a Chartered Engineer with a background in engineering design and project management. I spent two years at Amaudo running the Millenium Maintenance Training Project, which completely refurbished the centre. I became a trustee on return from Nigeria in 2003, and now use my financial management experience to look after the accounts of Amaudo UK.

Barney Wells

I am a mental health social worker and manage a community mental health team for homeless people in North London. I was one of the founding members of Amaudo UK. I first visited Amaudo in 1991 when I was in Nigeria undertaking research relating to my degree in social studies. I returned in 1992, volunteering and undertaking further studies and then again in 1994 for 11 months co-coordinating the community psychiatric programme. I live in North Hertfordshire and am married with a young family.

David Cruise

I have been a Methodist Minister for forty years during which time I have worked almost exclusively in churches with strong outreach programmes. Twenty years has been spent in inner London and seven in Zambia. For nine years I was responsible for all British Methodist personnel working overseas, during which time I travelled very widely visiting personnel and projects. In this role I visited Amaudo in the very early days and have seen a vision become a reality. I have the highest estimation of this work and see it as a beacon of hope for humanity.

Professor Tolani Asuni

I studied medicine at Trinity College, Dublin and Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. I did most of my psychiatric work in Nigeria as the Head of the best known Psychiatric Hospital in Nigeria. I was also Professor of Psychiatry and Head of Department of Psychiatry in two medical schools at different times. My transcultural activities include participation in the WHO “International Pilot Study of Schizophrenia”. One of my many publications includes a study of homeless mentally ill people in Nigeria. I have been an external examiner in several overseas universities and was a Founding Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatry. I have worked for the United Nations as Director of a research institute in Rome in the area of Criminology. In my retirement I voluntarily give service to Amaudo Itumbauzo.

Elliot Davis (Secretary)

I first got involved with Amaudo Itumbauzo in 2002 whilst at University in Birmingham, by volunteering with the Millenium Maintenance Project. When I returned to the UK I found it difficult to forget about the place I had seen, the people I had met and the work that was being carried out in Nigeria. Therefore, when I was invited to become a trustee the following year, I jumped at the opportunity. Recently I have been working with young people at a homeless charity in Scotland but am now studying for a MSW qualification in Social Work at the University of Edinburgh.

Jeni Ozumba

I spent three years as a volunteer at Amaudo Itumbauzo between 2003 and 2006. During this time I worked on the Human Rights and Project Comfort programmes. Whilst in Nigeria I got married to Chiemeka Ozumba. I am now back in the UK working as an Occupational Therapist for the NHS but in the future Chiemeka and I plan to return to Nigeria. I am currently helping Amaudo UK in the preparation and debriefing of student OTs visiting Amaudo.

Michelle Knaggs

I joined ‘Alone in London’, a charity that has provided support services for vulnerable young people for 35 years, in 2003. I manage the management team and hold overall strategic responsibility for all young people’s consultancy services. I am a Barrister at Law and have worked in both the commercial and voluntary sector, with adults and young people. I also have experience of Independent Custody Visiting, which involves interviewing detainees at police stations to ensure their rights are observed.


Kate Lumley (Office Manager)

I went to Amaudo for the first time in 1993. I was actually working at Amaudo’s sister project Uzuakoli Leprosy Centre where I set up a nursery school for the children of leprosy patients at the centre. I worked in Nigeria for just under a year but became hooked!
I returned to the UK in 1994 and studied for a degree in Psychology whilst working in various administrative and project management positions. During my last job at Disabled Peoples’ International (DPI) I began to set up Amaudo UK. The number of hours I was working for Amaudo UK gradually increased until I finally left DPI in August 2002. Since January 2003 I have worked full time for Amaudo UK. My job involves many different tasks, from dealing with volunteers and their families to fundraising proposals and project planning. I visit Nigeria at least once a year to keep up to date with events and issues at Amaudo Itumbauzo and to build on my relationships with workers and associates of the project.

Caroline Todd-Earlam

I have worked in Amaudo UK since 2005 as the Communications Coordinator. I trained as a general nurse and a psychiatric nurse before travelling to Asia where I spent time working in a drug rehabilitation centre in Malaysia. Since then I have worked as a homeless outreach worker in the Bullring in Waterloo and as a Community Psychiatric Nurse with homeless people in South-East London.
For 5 years I worked at the Homeless Training Unit as a Mental Health Trainer and this was where I became involved in Amaudo, volunteering, along with Elaine Greer, to design and deliver mental health training to Amaudo staff, and the ‘Training The Trainer’ course for the human rights mental health awareness programme. I have recently completed an MSc in Mental Health and Culture.
I have travelled to Nigeria on several occasions in my mental health training capacity and also in my role as Communications Coordinator. My Amaudo UK position includes developing the volunteer programme and communication strategies.