Home Leone Trustees are:

Nigel Hyde MBE- Chairman, Founder and Company Secretary

Nigel is married with 4 adult daughters and lives near Southampton. A Chartered Accountant, with top 4 firms, for 13 years, Nigel since ran operations in 2 charities before going on to found and build Mission Direct, a volunteering international development charity that took thousands of volunteers to build school, homes clinics and more among the poorest on earth. Nigel is a non-exec director on a few boards, undertaking some property development and after 2 years of preparation and research, founded Home Leone in 2014. A Christian who speaks across the country, he demonstrates a passion to enable the world’s poorest to help others make the most of their opportunities.  He was honoured to be awarded the MBE in the 2022 Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Honours list.  In 2023, Nottingham University gave an Alumni Award.

Chris Brecht

Chris is a partner at the London firm of Chartered Accountants, Griffin Stone Moscrop & Co.

Prior to joining Griffin Stone Moscrop Chris worked in Nigeria for the Church of Christ in Nigeria. He has also been a trustee of several charities including for an overseas mission operating in Nigeria. He is actively involved with his local church St Stephens in East Twickenham. Chris is married to Helen and enjoys time with family and friends, walking his dog, hiking, sailing, tennis and playing in a band.

David Fletcher

David is a recently retired advertising media professional with particular expertise in data, research and analytics.  The latter years of his career were in senior business leadership of Wavemaker UK, part of WPP’s GroupM.  He is a fellow of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising.

He was a founding trustee of the microfinance charity, Five Talents and now volunteers for a small portfolio of charities.  He is a long-standing member of his local Anglican church in West London and part of the worship leading team there.

Doug Ingram

Doug is married with 4 young children and lives in Nottingham.  After a 20 year career in the Army and a short spell at Amazon, he now works as the Chief Operating Officer for a grassroots theological training charity, that seeks to support African churches in the important work of discipling their congregations.

Doug’s first contact with Home Leone was as a customer of our construction business during his time in the army.  Since then he has supported some of our UK logistics and helped fill containers.  He is an active member of his local church in Nottingham and his spare time is largely spent ferrying children to swimming lessons.

Carrie Pither

Carrie grew up in Hampshire in a happy family, one of three daughters. She served 30 years in Hampshire Constabulary working across the county in a variety of policing roles (patrol, training, leadership, firearms and critical incident management). She moved to Bishop’s Waltham with her daughter Molly in 1998. She worshiped at St Peter’s church  including a period as church warden. After retiring from policing, she worked in the church office. In 2016 she served with Africa Inland Mission, living in Nairobi and working across Africa. She managed their flight service based in East Africa. Later and held the role of Crisis Consultant for the organisation. She returned to the UK in 2021 and is  operations manager for Lifecentre, an organisation based in West Sussex that provides counselling for rape and sexual abuse survivors.  She enjoys being active: running, cycling, skiing, walking. When not active she has her head in several books at any one time! Very fond of food! and loves to visit Italy where her daughter lives and works.

Dr Rebekah Taylor – BM BMedSci 

Rebekah is a doctor in Emergency Medicine and has three children. She has been on the board since 2014 and is passionate about the work of Home Leone. She currently works in a major trauma centre and is an active part of the local community.  

Rebekah has volunteered on four charity trips to developing countries seeing first hand the diverse challenges, in and outside of healthcare, that are faced when working there. She believes in Home Leone’s strategy to develop knowledge, experience and expertise to create a sustainable model of development for individuals and groups. 

In her spare time she volunteers as a church youth leader and runs. 

Dr Clive Thursfield

Clive is the former Research Director at Birmingham NHS Trust after a lifetime of service in the NHS.  Working with Home Leone, he has taken on the role of Director of Community Life, with special responsibility for Healthcare, Education, Community Development and the process of selection and moving people in to the village.

Dr Abs Dumboya and Andrew Sesay – Sierra Leonean Trustees

These gentlemen sit on the local charity board and have helped steer Home Leone’s vision and implementation from its early days.  Dr Abs is himself disabled with polio, yet set up “The Dorothy Springer Trust” introducing IT education among the disabled.  He is also a consultant across Freetown.  Andrew has many years community development experience.


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