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BACE - The Trustees

BACE has seven Trustees all of whom work for the charity on an entirely voluntary basis, paying for their own travel costs and other expenses to ensure that all the money raised by the charity goes towards funding projects.

Please help the Trustees by donating what you can in terms of money, your time or resources by contacting them through

TracyTracy Barnett MBE - Chair

Tracy has been working on a number of school projects in the Gambia since 2005. Tracy and her family have personally funded several Gambian students through training and college courses.

In the UK, Tracy is an Account Director for a major UK company and spent 5 years prior to BACE as a volunteer leading a small UK charity through a tough economic climate to raise their charity profile and fund raising.



LauraLaura Collier-Keywood - Treasurer

Laura has been involved in development projects in The Gambia since 2008, working in both Farato and Sukuta.

Laura is a chartered Accountant and currently works as the Interim Finance Director at Citizens Advice.

Laura has over 9 years of experience working in the not for profit sector and has had experience in working across a number of countries in Africa.



HowardHoward Taylor

Howard has been travelling to The Gambia since 2005, and works for a charity in the UK supporting those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire




charlotteCharlotte Barnett

Charlotte has been volunteering in The Gambia since 2005, supporting schools and medical facilities.

Charlotte is an experienced Registered Nurse with a background in Intensive Care and Community Nursing, also gaining a diploma in Tropical Disease in 2014.

Charlotte has worked in Tanzania and in Ghana as a volunteer nursing in both hospitals and community projects.



ChrisChris Lilleystone

Chris travelled out to The Gambia on the first BACE volunteers' trip in 2011, and has been back regularly ever since. Chris has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Building trade and runs a building company in Reading




FranDr Frances Warren

Frances has been involved with BACE since 2012 when she first came out to The Gambia as a volunteer. Frances is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Portsmouth. During her time in this role, she has worked on a number of large-scale educational research projects with hundreds of UK schools. She also has a PhD and lectures in Developmental Psychology.



francisFara Mendy (Francis Mendy)

Fara has been proactively involved with BACE and the team since the Trustees started volunteering in West Africa in 2005.

He played a major role in setting up the charity in the Gambia, was a qualified Nursery School teacher there and also worked as an Electrician in his country. He is fluent in all 7 languages in The Gambia.

Fara is a Registered Security Officer working at the NHS

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