Our people

Andrea Coleman

Co-founder and CEO

Barry Coleman

Co-founder

Randy Mamola

Co-founder

Programme leaders

  • Alfred Gonga

    Replications director

    Alfred first became involved with Riders for Health in 1996 and he is now in charge of replicating our programmes in new countries in Africa.

    Alfred was a prominent member of the team that set up Riders in Zimbabwe in 1998 and led the programme as country director, managing the first vehicles for the Ministry of Health. Alfred has also been principal of the International Academy of Vehicle Management (IAVM) in Harare. In 2009, Alfred established Riders' programme in Zambia where he has been integral to the development of the programme in Eastern and Southern Provinces. He has also overseen Stanford University’s evaluation study in the south of the country. Most recently, Alfred has set up our new programme in Malawi.

  • Anold Kanjanga

    Zimbabwe country director

    Formerly the deputy director for administration and logistics at the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Anold has a great understanding of the importance of good transport in delivering health care.

    Anold’s educational background is in Politics and Administration, Health Services Management and he holds a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Management. Anold joined the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare as a District Health Services Administrator and was promoted to Deputy Director for Administration and Logistics. During his time here, Anold was involved in developmental work and this is how he first became aware of Riders work. In 2010, Anold joined Riders as country director for Zimbabwe where he is now working to increase the number of vehicle we manage.

  • Constance Chibiliti

    Zambia programme manager

    Constance joined Riders for Health in 2010 managing our programme in Zambia. Constance’s educational background is business management and she has experience working with both for profit and not-for- profit organisations.

    Prior to Riders, Constance worked for the Italian Emergency and HIV/AIDS Project in High Risk Areas of Zambia as executive assistant to the Project Chief. She also worked for Lloyds financials Limited as Project Administrator. During her time at Riders, not only has Constance managed the introduction of the pilot programme and our growing activities in Eastern Province, but she works closely with the provincial Ministry of Health (MoH) and potential partners advocating the work of Riders for Health and demonstrating the impact of our work.

  • Denis Chiminya

    Technical director and principal of IAVM

    In his role as technical director, Denis ensures that technical standards are maintained throughout all Riders for Health’s programmes in Africa.

    He is also principal of the International Academy of Vehicle Management (IAVM) in Zimbabwe. Denis joined Riders in June 1999 after completing his apprenticeship in motor vehicle maintenance in Zimbabwe and rose through the ranks to the position of technical director in 2007. His primary focus is to ensure that vehicles used in the delivery of health care are well maintained through planned preventative maintenance. Denis also serves as the Principal of the IAVM, Riders‘specialist training facility, where trainees learn about preventive maintenance and how to ride and drive safely.

  • Irene Sakura

    Kenya programme manager

    Irene joined Riders for Health in 2010 as a business graduate with experience in project management and has been guiding the growth of our Kenya programme.

    As well as managing the mobilisation of local health care organisations in Kenya, Irene oversaw the development of a new training academy in 2011, the International Academy of Vehicle Management (IAVM2). Prior to Riders, Irene worked with Palmac Oil Refiners Ltd in Nakuru as an executive assistant. Irene holds a Bachelor of Commerce Human Resource Management Degree from the University of Nairobi. She is a registered member of the Institute of Human Resource Management (IHRM) and has just completed PRINCE 2 certification in programme management.

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    Kayodi Ajayi

    Nigeria country director (interim)

    Kayodi Ajayi (AJ) has a highly skilled, technical background which was gained in marine engineering. He joined Riders for Health in 1999 as the Lagos Nigeria Development Manager.

    He was responsible for the setting up, development and managing of a technical support system across the country, managing a fleet of 83 four wheeled vehicles across 37 states, and for training and managing a staff strength of 41 technical personnel. AJ was also involved in the setting up of Riders’ systems in the Democratic Republic of Congo and The Gambia and from August 2002 became deputy operations director in the UK office. Since 2008, as performance director AJ has been responsible for operating standards in our programmes and for overall technical training in the organization.

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    Lloyd Chipere

    Replications Specialist

    Lloyd Chipere first became involved with Riders in 1998. He has a highly skilled technical expertise in the automotive engineering industry. Lloyd is our replication specialist and was integral in setting up the Eastern and Southern provinces of the Zambia programme. Lloyd also helped to facilitate and supervised Stanford University’s evaluation study in Zambia (Aug 2011-March 2014).

    Lloyd worked for Central Mechanical Equipment Department prior to joining Riders Zimbabwe. He rose through the ranks to become a Provincial Manager, for Mashonaland west province. Before leaving Zimbabwe for Zambia Lloyd became Riders’ Zimbabwe’s Technical/Operations Manager. Having a high technical qualification and expertise in automotive engineering industry, he also holds a Business Degree. Lloyd was later assigned to Eastern province of Zambia, in September 2009 to replicate our work. He managed sample transport, recruited, oriented and trained all staff. While in Eastern province he was involved with Malawi’s feasibility study for sample transport in March 2011, which is now up and running. Lloyd has been integral to our programmes in Zimbabwe and Zambia and has also contributed to the set-up stage of our programmes in The Gambia and Malawi. While in Zambia, Lloyd Chipere continues to be part of the Liberia fleet management team for Ebola and post Ebola.

  • Mahali Hlasa

    Lesotho country director

    Mahali was trained to ride a motorcycle under Riders’ first nationwide motorcycle fleet programme in Lesotho in 1991 when she was working as a health worker for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

    Her success as a rider saw her become Riders’ first female trainer. She took a leading role in Riders’ motorcycle training programme in Ghana. In 1998 Mahali went to South Africa for further studies and became a lecturer in public health at the University of Bloemfontein before taking up the position as Lesotho country director in 2008.

  • Mphatso Kachule

    Malawi programme manager

    Mphatso joined Riders for Health in 2012 as programme manager in Malawi. She is currently guiding the development of a pilot Sample Transport programme with 24 motorcycles.

    Mphatso has a bachelor of education degree from the University of Malawi and is currently studying for her master’s degree in Development Management with The Open University, UK. Prior to Riders, Mphatso had several years of experience working in the development sector with international volunteers working on a variety of poverty reduction projects in Malawi. She also worked at Ngumbe Community Day Secondary School as a Secondary School Teacher. Mphatso’s broad experiences have given her the opportunity to interact with many organisations, learning how to recruit and maintain diversity with volunteers and negotiating with different partners.

  • Therese Drammeh

    Gambia country director

    Therese – or Auntie T as she is affectionately known at Riders – joined us in 2001 after retiring from the civil service.

    As country director for the Gambia, she has guided the development of an award-winning nationwide programme there. Therese first became involved with Riders for Health in 2000 when she was Permanent Secretary at the Department of State for Health and Social Welfare. She championed the importance of reliable transport for a health system and now Riders for Health manage the Ministry of Health’s national fleet of health care vehicles. As a result, the Gambia is the first country in Africa to be equipped with complete transportation coverage for its health service.

Trustees

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    Mr Chris Read

    Board member

    Chris has 40 years experience in technical, commercial and senior management positions in the communications and Internet industry.

    Chris has also spent 4 years as a non executive director and vice chair of an NHS trust. A keen motorcyclist, Chris joined the Riders board in September 2014.

  • Mr Federico Minoli

    Board member

    Mr Minoli has operated as a turnaround manager in the US and Europe for the past 30 years on behalf of several large international Private Equity funds.

    He is currently Chairman of Dainese Spa, and co-owner of Deus Ex-Machina Italy. He has held the positions of Chairman of StarEmilia-Mercedes, Chairman of Unopiù and OMP Racing, CEO of BolognaFiere and President of ISB Sailing Company. Between 1996 and 2007 he was CEO & President of Ducati Motor Holding. Mr Minoli is currently on the Board of Directors of Mantero Seta SpA, Dainese Spa, Isida Business School, & WP Lavori in Corso. He is on the Advisory Board of 9Ren and holds a degree in political science and international economics from Pavia University. Mr Minoli has been on Riders’ board of trustees since 1998.

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    Mr Michael Shipster

    Board member

    After retirement from the British Diplomatic Service in 2006 Michael joined Rolls-Royce plc, where, as International Director, he was responsible for Rolls-Royce's global network of representative offices, supporting sales, business development and corporate strategy worldwide.

    On graduating from Oxford University in Politics, Economics and Philosophy, Michael worked in Botswana as an investment manager for the Botswana Development Corporation. After completing post-graduate studies in development economics, he joined the British Diplomatic Service, where over a span of 30 years his postings included the Soviet Union, India, Zambia, South Africa and the USA; and also the London-based role of Director for the Middle East and Africa. Since 2013 Michael has been advising Riders in fundraising, government relations and programme development and joined the Board of Trustees in 2014.

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    Ms Ruth Marvel

    Interim Chair

    Ruth joined Riders as a Trustee in July 2013. Her professional background is in public policy development, public campaigning and corporate strategy.

    Ruth is currently the Director of Foresight and Innovations at the national UK disability charity Scope. Ruth has a particular interest in public policy, strategy, social innovation and design. Ruth studied history at Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the Clore Social Leadership programme; in addition to her Trustee role at Riders, she is also a non-Executive Director of social enterprise GoodGym.

  • Sir Robin Miller

    Board member

    Sir Robin Miller is a non-executive Director of The Racing Post and Time Out Group. He is chairman of IBIS Media VCT plc, Edge VCT plc, Getmemedia.com Limited, Golf Club Network, Crash Media Group and Butler Tanner & Dennis.

    Sir Miller is also director of Bikesportnews.com and a trustee of the Golf Foundation. He is the former chief executive and chairman of Emap plc, with previous roles also including: senior media advisor to HgCapital; non-executive director of Channel Four Television and chairman of their New Business Board; non-executive chairman of the HMV Group, senior non-executive director at Mecom Group plc, chairman of Entertainment Rights plc and Setanta Sports. Mr Miller joined Riders’ board of trustees in 2005.