The Team

Charlie Habershon The Collective - Sierra LeoneCharlie Habershon –  Co- founder

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.  After three years as Chief Executive, he now works for PA Consulting as an Analyst Consultant in their Government practice.

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Alex Farrington The Collective - Sierra LeoneAlex Farrington – Co-founder

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. Alex now works as a technical advisor for Living Earth Foundation, a former partner of The Collective.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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