Meet the team

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Anna Mudeka

Founder

Zimbabwean born, Anna Mudeka, has a passion for the music and dance of Zimbabwe and professionally runs workshops across the East of England. Anna has been aiding children in Zimbabwe since 2005, sending equipment and funding to children but began the registered charity in 2011.

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Jennifer Mudeka

Community Officer

Jennifer acts as our communicator in Zimbabwe. She is a highly reliable, highly motivated, caring personality who travels long distances to deliver school fees to the schools and find out more about prospective children to sponsor.

Alex Dunlop

Alex Dunlop

Patron

Alex Dunlop is a senior reporter for BBC Look East, the BBC’s regional news programme for the Eastern Counties. He also presents the lunch time and late evening news. Born in Zimbabwe, Alex spent most of his childhood in Africa and Israel. Alex has worked for the BBC for 25 years and is married to Susie Fowler-Watt, a BBC Look East presenter. They live in Norfolk with their daughter. Alex Dunlop is Patron of the Mudeka Foundation and his high profile and reporting expertise are important.

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Val Rutherford

Chairperson

I first met Anna Mudeka when I joined a Djembe drumming group. Little did I know that years down the line my love of music and all things African  would  lead me to become 1st Chairperson of the Mudeka Foundation. My involvement in Education over many years, both as a teacher and youth worker have given me some invaluable skills, insights and experiences which I hope benefit the Foundation.

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Vaughan Harrington

Treasurer

In my love of all music for years, I finally learnt to play something (djembe drum), and Anna was the person who taught me, and gave me confidence to also perform. This was far from my comfort zone of a day job as a Chartered Insurance Broker and has given me countless fun and pleasure. When Anna invited me to be a trustee, it was the least I could do for her and it also gave me the opportunity to do my best at being a part of a change that I wish to see in the world.

 

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Elisabeth Louis

Trustee

Elisabeth’s passion in life is children! She has two of her own and has taught in primary schools for over 30 years. Her association with the Foundation grew from a drumming project in her school, and as a result in one year, her class of children managed to raise over £1000 for the Foundation! Elisabeth is married to Steve, and they both love Zimbabwe and want to do everything they can to support the work of the Foundation.  They love travelling, spending time with family and chilling out together!  They are both serve on the leadership team of Hope Community Church, Wymondham.

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Margaret Boulton

Trustee

Although I am now retired, my career as a retired research scientist involved collaborations with many scientists and students in Africa. It was through these students and my love of world music that I first met Anna. My previous work, my students, and my passion for travel, especially in Africa, made me acutely aware of how education can transform the lives of young people. I am privileged to have the opportunity to use my experience to help further the aims of the Mudeka Foundation to provide educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in Zimbabwe.

 

Harold Bodmer

It was with shock and great sadness that we heard of Harold’s sudden death on 20th July. Harold joined the The Mudeka Foundation as a Trustee in 2013. Born in Zimbabwe, he was dedicated to giving something back to the country of his birth through his work with charity. His loss cannot be measured merely with words, but his wisdom, kindness and generosity of spirit have impacted on the lives of the children he helped support. Our thoughts are with his family. He will be deeply missed.