Action Lesotho is managed by an unpaid voluntary Board of Directors in Ireland and a staff of ten in Lesotho, including an In-Country Director. This is complemented by a team of part-time workers, volunteers and consultants.
Staff in Lesotho:
Pippa Kearon (In-Country Representative) has wide-ranging experience in community development, adult & special education, marketing and crafts. She is responsible for overall project implementation in Lesotho.
Dominic Matooane (Enterprise Manager) is an ex-bank manager, with experience in business planning. His main responsibility is for developing Lesotho Mountain Crafts and other enterprises.
Molemo Lethea (Farm Manager) has 4 years’ experience of successful farming, specialising in maize and has spent 3 months working on farms in Ireland. He is responsible for running the Action Lesotho farm and helping educate local farmers.
Limakatso Rantoa (Community Interventions Manager) is a university graduate who has worked in South Africa. She is responsible for activities at the community centres including skills & training for adults and development programmes for children.
Mapule Radebe (Community Interventions Assistant) trained as a Secondary School teacher. She runs daily arts & crafts classes at Ha Maqele and carries out administrative duties.
Mphoko Molatsa (Accounts Manager) is an accountancy graduate who is responsible for annual budgeting and managing all of Action Lesotho’s day-to-day accounts.
Makamohelo Futho (Nurse) is a Registered Nurse who works for Action Lesotho part-time. She is responsible for running the Malimpho Programme & assessing the health of children on the weekend programmes.
Carl von Maltitz (Agricultural Advisor) is an experienced South African farmer who works part-time for Action Lesotho, advising our farm team and other farmers and agricultural organisations in Lesotho.
Malefestane (Agricultural Worker) operates the hammer mill & is a farm labourer.
Salang (Agricultural Worker) looks after the dairy cow/s and vegetable gardens and is a general farm labourer.
Board of Directors:
Paul Hanrahan (Chairman) – a businessman who has started several enterprises. He provides advice to the team in Lesotho on general development issues and enterprise.
David Buttimer (Company Secretary & Treasurer) – a retired economist who has managed several businesses. He is responsible for financial governance within Action Lesotho.
Brian Flaherty, MVB, MApplSc, MRCVS – a farmer & veterinary surgeon who provides agricultural advice and mentoring to the farm team in Lesotho
Eileen Coates, MA, NCEA – ceramics artist & retired university lecturer. She sits on the Skills & Training and Enterprise sub-committees and is responsible for Action Lesotho’s development education activities.
Pauline Carroll –
Dr Jacqui O’Riordan, MA, PhD – Senior Lecturer in University College Cork with experience of social research in Tanzania and Lesotho. She is chairperson of the Skills & Training sub-committee, with a special interest in education.
Dr Diane Foord, MB.Bch.DCH. – is a General Practitioner with experience in Lesotho. She provides advice on the health & nutrition aspects of the projects and mentors our nurse.
Clare Heardman, BSc, MSc, is a Civil Servant who is responsible for producing the Action Lesotho newsletter and managing our online presence (website, Facebook & Twitter).
Consultants and Voluntary Advisors:
Anne Ritchie, International Craft Marketing Consultant, Spain.
Morag Tweedie, artist and lecturer in Art, Design & Textiles, Orkney.
Anne Ferguson, craft & design practitioner and lecturer, Glasgow.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Training Programme
Nick Allen, Consultant in Enterprise & Innovation, Dublin.
Maurice Knightly, Lecturer at UCD’s Innovation Academy, Dublin.
Teresa Moriarty, Trainer of Teachers in TEFL, Co. Kerry.
Gertrude Cotter, MA/Msc Dev Mgt Development Management & Intercultural Communications UCC, Cork.
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