Our people

Chief executive and senior management team

With support from our Board of Trustees, our chief executive and senior management team help guide and shape the direction of our organisation supported by a team who are committed to the ethos of Raleigh.

Stacey Adams – Chief Executive

Stacey Adams

Having worked in the public and third sectors at a senior level I became Chief Executive of Raleigh International in 2007. Raleigh represents what I believe in and am passionate about – giving young people the opportunity to change their world; building understanding across countries and cultures; and working alongside people living in poverty to give them ways to build a better life. While at Raleigh I have commissioned and built the evidence base of our impact both on the development of our young volunteers and also as a result of the work they do overseas. We have renewed our strategy and clarified our role in working through young people to deliver sustainable development outcomes both in the countries where we operate and when the volunteers return home around the world.

My first career as a television producer of educational programmes at the BBC led to my running Communications for Unicef UK. While there I oversaw the launch of children’s rights campaigns nationally and internationally. Subsequently I spent ten years in the health sector working on disseminating to practitioners the evidence base of what works to reduce health inequalities, and then with the NHS regulator managing stakeholder engagement with the government, patients and NHS management.

David Clamp – Director of Safety & International Operational Support

David Clamp

I have always been fascinated by the logistical side of international development and I have been impressed with Raleigh’s safety first approach ever since I visited the Costa Rica fieldbase during a 2009 safety review for Canadian volunteer organisation CUSO; so I was proud to contribute my experience in INGO safety and security when I joined Raleigh at the start of 2014.

I have lived and worked in the international development volunteering sector in more than 40 countries since volunteering with VSO in China in 1996-9. I later managed Education and Disability Programmes before becoming a Country Director in West Africa. I gained a Masters in International Development via the Open University while still in Africa and chose to specialise in INGO security and safety management in 2007, becoming VSO’s first Global Security Advisor. This has brought me an enviable set of links into international networks of safety and security managers and UK government advisory bodies.

Rachel Harrison (née Collinson) – Director of Brand, Marketing and Volunteer Recruitment

Rachel Collinson

During my teenage years I became aware of Raleigh International and was really inspired by its powerful ethos of bringing young people and communities together around the world to create sustainable change. I joined Raleigh International in 2005 as Marketing Manager and then progressed to the Senior Management Team, firstly as Head of Sales and Marketing, and currently as Director of Recruitment, Delivery and Communications. My department is responsible for brand, communications and media as well as recruiting, selecting, training and supporting over 1,500 volunteers from 30 different nationalities to join Raleigh programmes.

My career has spanned both the private and third sector in global roles specialising in brand management, new product development and marketing and communications. After graduating with a degree in Modern Languages and Marketing, I joined The Boots Group and worked for two of its companies, Boots The Chemist (now Alliance Boots) and Boots Healthcare International (bought by Reckitt Benckiser). I then went on to work for United Biscuits, a multinational food manufacturer, before taking a career break to volunteer and work in South America, South-East Asia and Australia. I have co-authored Lonely Planet’s Guide to Volunteering and am a qualified performance coach.

Keith Mitchell – Director of Finance & Corporate Services

Keith Mitchell

I am a qualified chartered accountant with wide experience in the charity sector including charities active in life changing experiences and learning for children and young people. My broad ranging role gives me a variety of tasks and problem solving across the whole organisation and all activities.

As well as my charity finance specialism, I have expanded into corporate services including HR, ICT, tax recovery, premises management, governance (being the Company Secretary), insurance and VAT. I am involved in the governance structure of societies and within operating countries; negotiation of contracts and applications for funding; and ensuring best value for money for the administration services required by this international charity.

Julian Olivier – Director of Programmes

Gavin Salmon – Director of Programme Funding

I joined Raleigh International in 2016 to oversee the growth and diversity of our funding and ensure that we build strong partnerships to help deliver our programmes. I have already been enormously impressed by the passion, dedication and talent of Raleigh staff, as well as the quality and impact of our programmes across five countries.

I have worked in the voluntary sector for 16 years, including 12 years in international development. I have a broad range of experience and technical skills in fundraising, partnership development and project cycle management. I have previously designed and implemented strategies that have successfully grown funding across income streams at youth-focussed organisations delivering programmes in the UK and in a number of countries across Africa, including Build Africa and the Starfish Greathearts Foundation. I have also previously volunteered as a Trustee for another NGO, and as a teacher in Nepal.

Country Staff

Having a full time team in-country is absolutely essential. It enables us to build long-term, sustainable partnerships and ensure that our projects not only respond to locally defined needs but that they are delivered safely and to a high standard.

Brandon Charleston – Country Director, Borneo

Brandon Charleston

I am very excited to continue my Raleigh story in Borneo. I first volunteered for Raleigh after completing an electrical apprenticeship. This time in Chile opened me to many new ideas and future aspirations. After management roles with my electricity company, further study and volunteer manager roles with Raleigh again (in Borneo) I realised one ambition of studying at university, managing to fastrack to a masters in management course.Following this I signed up again for a Ghana expedition and was inspired to start doctoral studies in international management. During these studies I also helped lead 4 leadership development expeditions in Namibia, undertook field research in Borneo and led 2 British Council Youth Programmes in Indonesia and the Philippines.

After these studies I joined Birkbeck, University of London as a research associate tasked with exploring and developing accreditation of the experiential learning elements of overseas volunteering. I have published several papers in academic journals and my thesis was shortlisted for an international prize. I then moved to join Raleigh staff as the Training & Development Manager overseeing the assessment and training of volunteers throughout their journey. More recently, I moved into the role of Monitoring & Evaluation Manager to focus on developing the strategy, processes and methods to measure the outcomes of Raleigh’s work.

Young people bring a passion, energy and creativity to development that is crucial for its success. I am passionate about enabling volunteers and our local partners to do this.

Ross McKenzie – Country Director, Tanzania

Ross McKenzie

When I first decided to volunteer for Raleigh International in the role of Logistics Manager back in 2006 little did I know that nine years later I would be Country Director for Raleigh’s programmes in Tanzania. During that time I have also worked as Expedition Leader, Country Operations Manager and Programmes Manager. Prior to my time with Raleigh I was employed in the education sector having worked as a teacher, in student support for a university and as an outdoor instructor both in the UK and overseas.

Raleigh has changed a great deal since I first joined and every year just gets better. I am passionate about my work and strive to ensure that our projects are the best they can possibly be. I am immensely proud of the impact our work has had and I feel truly lucky to be inspired everyday by the amazing people and partners I work with.

Ram Risal – Country Director, Nepal

Ram Risal

I joined Raleigh International after having worked for more than two decades as a Development Practitioner with Helvetas, a Swiss NGO in Nepal. I was also Country Director with Helvetas in a number of locations including Mali and Ethiopia. Before becoming a Development Practitioner, I was a Researcher for more than a decade with a not-for-profit organisation in Nepal. I also worked as an Advisor to the National Planning Commission of the Government of Nepal, and well as a freelance development consultant. The main motivation for my switch from research to development was to become directly engaged in the design, implementation and M&E of development programmes to ensure that they are making a lasting positive impact.

I was motivated to join Raleigh because we put young people at centre stage. After all, youth are the future of not only my country, but the world as a whole. I am delighted to have played my part in setting up the Nepal country programme. I look forward to driving sustainable development through youth, and making a difference to the lives of rural communities and young people in Nepal.

Rigoberto Shelevy – Country Director, Nicaragua & Costa Rica

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