Born and raised in Peru, Cristina has since followed her passion for filmmaking and is the founder of Criskcracker Films. Since 2013 Cristina directly works with the children in our projects to create their very own short films (meetmyworld.org), giving the young people a platform to express positive aspects from their indigenous cultures. Cristina has an abundance of talent in film directing, editing and making young film makers feel comfortable and confident in front of the camera.
Victoria spent two devoted years working alongside Chris, Fred and the team in Peru on a daily basis with her focus being on Trust and Foundations fundraising. This experience has meant that her understanding of the situation in Ccorca is second to none and her passion for Amantani is infectious. Since then Victoria has found her new challenge in Zambia where she is working with School Club Zambia. We feel very lucky to have her on our board of Ambassadors!
Nick de Wet
Nick is a Housemaster and teacher at Uppingham School and has been a huge supporter of Amantani’s work since 2010. Having taught the majority of the Amantani UK team during their school days, he has always kept great interest in movements in the UK and of course in Peru. He has led over 60 students around our Grafham Water Marathon as well as helping to organize screenings of our Meet My World films at the prestigious Uppingham School theatre. Nick is a huge asset to the Amantani family; as a supporter, as a teacher and as a Boarding House tutor in a very different context.
David has worked in the asset management sector for many years and has also founded several businesses. He was previously a Partner and COO at one of London's largest alternative asset management firms and now has various roles including Board membership of Basware, one of Finland's most successful technology-based public companies. David has always had an interest in new ventures, and he has been an active angel investor for many years. "When I met Chris and Fred in 2013, I was immediately impressed and inspired by their focus and dedication to making a positive social impact through Amantani."
Tom was with Fred on his first trip to Peru back in 2007 and has been a part of Amantani’s story ever since. A return trip in 2010 included time spent in Ccorca where he was struck by the amazing warmth and humility of the people he met as well as the tough conditions many live in. He also found his love in life - playing the Peruvian game of Sapo and eating Chicharron! Tom has been involved in every event we have organised here in the UK from marshaling both Grafham Water Marathons, hiking Ben Nevis as well as selling photographs taken by the children at the Meet My World events in 2012. Tom lives in London where he works for The Supper Club, who run events and training programmes for entrepreneurs.
Noelia has always had two passions in life; young people's education and Latin America. With Amantani Noelia is able to use her experience within the world of education which helps keep us connected whether that be from Luxembourg where she lives or in Latin America where her roots lie. She has also directly supported individual students in Peru. With the help of her community she raised invaluable funds through Voices International and Action sans Frontières.
Brian is a retired Financial Controller of Barings Bank, London and now resides in the South West of England. Chris and Fred first met Brian in 2010 and have been in regular contact ever since. Brian has an eagle eye when it comes to any numbers and literature and is always happy to point us in the right direction. Brian is very much a part of the Amantani family and has supported the projects with enormous generosity!
Sally has a background in Marketing & Communications and is now based in Switzerland. A trip to Peru in 2013 resulted in an inspiring journey up to Ccorca and the opportunity to meet some of the Amantani family. Spending even a short time with the children made her realise how important an education is for them, giving them new choices in life. Sally came away wanting to help, and support Amantani and the work we are doing. "I am delighted to be an Ambassador for Amantani - I feel so proud of all they have achieved and hope to be able to help them continue to make a difference for the young people of Peru."
Nick has used his knowledge of the UK creative industries to help Amantani complete Meet My World 2014 and 2016. Amantani's accountancy issues are often run past Nick due to his expertise gained through the ACCA and CIOT qualifications. Nick started his friendship with the Amantani team when he met Ben and Fred Branson in 2003 and hopes it may long continue.
Caroline Trotter and Caroline Roberts have been involved with Amantani since 2011 when Chris was first in contact with the British Alpaca Society. We were their ‘Charity of the Year’ for 2 years running and built up a very strong relationship with the Society’s committee, but especially with ‘The Carolines', as we affectionately call them in the office! They are no longer part of the British Alpaca Society but continue to support us on a personal level.
“For many years I have raised funds for charities, but the one that inspires me the most is Amantani” – Caroline Roberts
“I feel extremely honoured and privileged to be able to continue working with Amantani as an Ambassador, helping to spread the word!” – Caroline Trotter