The Team in the UK

The people at the heart of Amantani UK. Now you can put a face to a name or even a voice!
Fred Branson
Fred Branson

Co-Director

Fred first went to Peru back in 2007, working on a voluntary basis in an orphanage project in Cusco. On his last day there, Fred visited Ccorca where he was shocked by the educational struggles faced by the district’s children. When he got back to the UK he established Amantani UK and went on to complete a course at the prestigious School for Social Entrepreneurs. 18 months living in Peru gave Fred a deep understanding of Ccorca’s social challenges, as well as great respect for the Andean Culture and its many lessons. 

Chris Palfreyman
Chris Palfreyman

Co-Director

Chris has always had a passion for South America, where his roots lie. Having spent seven years with Amantani, he now leads on fundraising operations in the UK which includes delivering Meet My World screenings far and wide and keeping our donors up to date on our progress in Peru. He also supports Fred with programmes management and spends around two months a year alongside the team in Peru. 

"Amantani has played such a major part in my life. I am incredibly proud to be working alongside the community members and its young people in Ccorca, as well as our dedicated team in the UK, Lima and Cusco."

Sara Mitchell

Fundraising Manager


Having lived in Peru from the age of four, Sara is passionate about all things Peruvian. Getting to know so many different parts of the country at an early age and seeing the levels of inequality firsthand is what drove her to study International Development in the UK - where she`s originally from. Sara combines her experience in organising USAID and IIC/IDB projects in Peru with a passion for education and human rights based projects. This makes her the perfect match for Amantani!

David Whitworth

Head of Finance

Over the past five years, David has developed extensive financial experience in international development, most notably with War Child UK and as Afrikids UK's Head of Finance.

David has a longstanding belief in the power and ability of education to transform lives, and is very excited to be nearing completion of a MSc in Development Management through the Open University. 

Jonathan Palfreyman

Chair of the Trustees

Jonathan has extensive experience running companies in the retail and manufacturing sectors, and is currently FD of two fledgling start-up companies. Having served as Amantani's financial advisor for several years, in 2016 the Trustees made the decision to elect Jonathan as the Chair of the Trustees - a role he gladly accepted! Having visited the projects in 2014, Jonathan has a unique understanding of Amantani's operations, from the work in the classroom to the numbers behind it all!

Karen Jankel

Trustee

Daughter of writer Michael Bond, Karen is the CEO of Paddington Bear, the company which controls the rights to his creation. It was on a visit to Paddington's birthplace, 'darkest Peru', that Karen saw for herself the need for Amantani's work. On her return to the UK she found Amantani and has been working with us ever since! As well as a business background Karen has over 20 years’ experience serving as a charity trustee. Karen is involved with Amantani’s Ambassadors programme as well as leading on our Risk Management strategy.


Martin Morales
Martin Morales

Trustee

Martin was born in Lima, Peru. He was surrounded by poverty, terrorism and felt a close affinity to the indigenous people. Since his move to England in 1984, his path was diverted towards an illustrious business career. Having been involved at the very highest levels of business with EMI, i-Tunes and Disney Music Group, Martin is now founder of London’s top Peruvian restaurants, Ceviche and Andina. He brings an enormous amount of drive, passion and creativity to Amantani. His latest venture is one which you must taste for yourself! http://cevicheuk.com/

Georgie Fienberg

Trustee

Georgie's pioneering approach to sustainable development has helped to transform thousand of lives whilst earning her a Charity Times Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement. As the Founder of AfriKids and with 10 years experience in International Development, Georgie is uniquely placed to help drive Amantani forwards Amantani's programmes and sustainability initiatives.

Mike Branson
Mike Branson

Trustee

In 1992 Mike founded award-winning design consultancy Pearlfisher and now runs their US studio in New York. Combining strategy, marketing and business expertise, Mike brings his calm sense, insight and knowledge to the board. Mike first visited the projects in 2007 and is our longest serving trustee. 

Benjamin Beavan

Trustee

Ben has been involved with Amantani for over 5 years and has either volunteered or attended every event we have ever held! After completing the Mountbatten Internship programme in New York, Ben was offered a global post running editorial events for Reuters, then joined Getty Images to build key relationships with Broadcasters and Newspapers. His most recent venture is business development for PicScout which tracks and analyses images. http://www.picscout.com/