The Team

Charlie Habershon The Collective - Sierra LeoneCharlie Habershon –  Chief Executive Officer

Charlie founded The Collective after a number of trips to Sierra Leone. He is passionate about the country and is determined to show people how beautiful and welcoming it is. He is a Teach First Ambassador having taught History at Burlington Danes Academy in White City. In 2009 he helped set up NearFar, an ethical fashion label working with the people of Sierra Leone.

Contact Charlie charlie@thecollectiveSL.co.uk or 00232 (0)76 807 101

 

 

 

 

Alex Farrington The Collective - Sierra LeoneAlex Farrington – Managing Director

Alex got involved with The Collective after hearing Charlie’s stories about Sierra Leone and was inspired by his bold ideas to start a new, innovative organisation. Alex has recently joined us full-time as Managing Director in Freetown, after working as Regional Manager for Changemakers, a youth leadership charity aiming to unlock the leadership potential of young people.

Contact Alex alex@thecollectiveSL.co.uk

 

UK Volunteer Team

 

 

Sam Williams The Collective - Sierra LeoneSam Williams  - Fundraising and Partnerships

Sam works freelance for charities and NGOs and became involved with The Collective whilst working in Freetown with our partners Street Child and Future for Children. He has worked for a number of organisations across the health, education and global development sectors, prior to which he worked at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Royal Geographical Society. He has a BA in History and an MA in International Studies, both from the University of London.

Contact Sam sam@thecollectivesl.co.uk

 

 

Ben Bomford The Collective - Sierra LeoneBen Bomford – Ambassador Engagement

Ben got involved after meeting Charlie through a mutual friend.  He was inspired by Charlie’s drive and determination to an achieve an ambitious and positive goal.  He also shares a passion for Africa and Development.  Ben supports The Collective alongside his work as an Investment Manager and as a senior volunteer and mentor at The Emmaus Shelter in West Norwood.

Contact Ben ben@thecollectiveSL.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Joe Coggins The Collective - Sierra LeoneJoe Coggins: Marketing and Communications

Joe was one of The Collective’s first volunteers. He lived and worked in Makeni between January-April 2012 piloting innovative community projects with The Craig Bellamy Foundation.  With over six years experience as a Media Officer in the public and charity sectors, Joe is now leading a UK-based team to help deliver The Collective’s marketing  and communications work.

Contact Joe joe@thecollectivesl.co.uk

 

 

Sierra Leone Team

 

Fatmata Mansaray The Collective - Sierra LeoneFatmata Mansaray – Housekeeper

Fatmata is responsible for preparing meals and keeping the house in good order. She is also known to cut hair if you ask nicely! She has just graduated from Caragates Cooking School, Makeni. She has lived in the area since 2006 and has a young son, Jusu.

 

 

 

 

Alusine Kanu The Collective - Sierra LeoneAlusine Kanu – Facilities Manager

Alusine is the Facilities Manager and the local Mr. Fix-It, introducing volunteers to the local community and looking after the house.  He has just graduated from St. Francis School, Makeni and is well known in the area. He is an outstanding athlete and loves football.