The HUGE Partnership Trustees come from a broad background with a wide ranging knowledge base. They all bring considerable expertise to the charity from across the world.

Trustee: Mel Batten

Previously Regional Director at JLL, a top global real estate firm from 1985-2016.

Mel regularly visits Nabugabo throughout the year, and at home in the UK assists and co-ordinates fundraising and the Child Sponsorship programme.

Trustee: Marc Batten

Assistant Headteacher at the 1800 student Bassaleg Mixed Comprehensive School in South Wales.

With over 30 years of experience in education Marc provides the charity with an in depth working knowledge of its core focus and practical support. Marc regularly visits Nabugabo Community Learning Centre and works alongside the teachers to share new and exciting teaching methods.

Trustee: Bridget O’Callaghan

International Sales, F&C Asset Management

South African born, Bridget grew up in Cape Town, moving to the UK to continue a career in finance,  she has a strong interest in the environmental, social and governance risk of investment decision making. Africa is in her blood, this is where her passion lies. Bridget values the opportunity to work alongside experienced educators and humanitarians with the same goal of working within and supporting communities and providing disadvantaged children with a start in life with the benefit of education and the basics of health care.

Bridget is responsible for the financial aspect of the charity including supervision and management of expenditure in respect of Capital Projects, the Child Sponsorship programme and the accounting needs of the charity.

Secretary: Richard Batten

Global Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer at JLL, a top global real estate firm

In his professional capacity Richard has travelled and worked across Africa and is passionate about working to achieve sustainable,long term communities in deprived areas through education on all levels. Richard regularly travels to Uganda and more specifically to Nabugabo at least twice a year. In the UK, he actively engages with a number of schools and corporates to explain the objectives of the charity and provides reports, not just on the challenges but the positive progress that is being made.

Technology Advisor: Emma Batten

Performance Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support

Emma has worked at Macmillan Cancer Support since 2012, supporting programme development. She has developed the website for the HUGE partnership and is on hand for any IT or technology queries. Emma has also supported the school with installing the IT suite and continues to be available to support the staff with any additional IT needs.

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