Our Team

Our team at Lesedi continues to expand year on year. The image above shows our teachers with Fiona and Graeme in late 2018. Our team at Lesedi has now grown to 21 employees, including teachers, nurses and support staff.  

We are extremely fortunate to have an exceptional headteacher at Lesedi. Mrs Mutori is highly experienced and very ambitious for the educational standards at the school. She has a wonderful nature and we are thankful that she has adopted the school and children as her own. She is very ably assisted by her deputy, Cathy Ncube. With just a couple of male teachers at Lesedi, the ladies are most definitely in control!

With the addition of our clinic, we are fortunate to have been joined by our matron-in-charge, Sister Irene, and nurse, Sister Monica, who from the start have seamlessly integrated themselves into the Lesedi family.

Lesedi receives its funding through the Ngoko Charitable Trust, a registered UK charity. Here is a brief introduction to the charity trustees: 

Fiona Thompson
Trained as chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand and spent 10 years working in the financial sector post-qualification. Her final role in corporate life was as an Assistant Director at UBS Wealth Management UK. In 2005, Fiona co-founded Ngoko Safaris with Benson, specializing in bespoke privately guided safaris throughout Southern Africa. They continue to run the safari company together, with Fiona handling bookings from the UK. 

Fiona is the main contact for donors and she also handles the administration of our child sponsorship program.  

Graeme Thompson
Also a chartered accountant, Graeme spent 15 years working in the Energy Industry before becoming Chief Financial Officer at HS1 Ltd for several years. He now splits his time between various roles, including honorary treasurer and trustee of a wildlife trust. Graeme looks after all the finances of the charity, including the sponsorship program. He is also personally a major donor to the charity. 

Graeme and Fiona are married, it isn't just a coincidence that their surnames are the same! 

Benson Siyawareva
Benson rarely needs an introduction as most people seem to know of him, even if they haven't actually met him. He has been involved in the safari industry for many years, and is an exceptional pro safari guide. Co-founder of Ngoko Safaris, Benson has become a role model and mentor to many younger guides in the industry. Benson had the foresight to start the Lesedi project, and has personally project-managed all of the development, from dealing with officials and the local community, negotiating with suppliers, transporting materials to site, overseeing construction and being the "go-to" person for any problems at the school or clinic. In any country this would have been a challenge; in Zimbabwe it has required a super-human effort, particularly as he continues to guide safaris as well. Benson is an inspiration to us all!

When we first started Lesedi, none of the trustees had any idea how big the project would become. To a large extent it has taken over all our lives, and will continue to do so for many years to come. We are all committed to the future of Lesedi and feel an immense privilege to have such an opportunity to make a difference. 

The images below show most of our team of teachers, nurses and support staff.