ITF is run by a small dedicated team who manage the day-to-day work that ITF undertake in the UK and in Africa.

    Andy Egan

    Chief Executive

    Andy joined ITF in September 2012. Andy has a varied background as an educator and manager in the fields of global education, community development, equalities and campaigns for environmental and social justice. Andy’s previous roles include Director of People & Planet and Team Leader for the Global School Partnerships programme at the British Council.

    Andy ran a consultancy business providing services to the NGO sector. He has co-authored teaching materials for schools in African and European countries on the environment, education, gender, health, poverty and global partnerships. Andy has a PGCE in Community Education and an MA in Development Education, and has researched and written about the role of global corporations in relation to human and planetary well-being.

    My favourite tree – Pawpaw (Carica papaya).

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    Paul Laird

    Programmes Manager

    Paul joined ITF in August 2015 as Programmes Manager, with responsibility for managing the diverse portfolio of projects, small and large, that ITF supports in Africa and the UK.

    Paul trained as a forester in Scotland and has an MSc in Environmental Management. He has over 20 years’ experience of managing forestry, agricultural and rural development projects in Africa. More recently, with Earthwatch Institute, he has worked with major companies on agricultural sustainability, corporate responsibility and employee engagement programmes. He previously worked with Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Living Earth Foundation, SOS Sahel International, the Kenyan Forest Department and the UK Forestry Commission.

    He has a particular interest in exploring ways in which local involvement in conservation and restoration of forests and ecosystems can contribute to sustainable livelihoods for rural communities.

    My favourite tree – Wild cherry (Prunus avium).

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    Marika Haseldine

    Finance and Facilities Manager

    Marika joined ITF in July 2016 as Finance and Facilities Manager, with responsibility for handling generous donations and managing a budget.

    Marika read Chemistry at Oxford University before spending 8 years in the finance department of a software company providing services to Hedge Funds and Investment Banks. During this time she gained her ACCA qualification and oversaw the acquisition of the company by an international financial services provider. It has been a long-held ambition for Marika to move into the NGO world and she is delighted to join the ITF team and help support some amazing projects all over the world.

    When not in the office Marika likes to cycle and swim with her family. She also loves to experiment with vegan cooking and baking.

    My favourite tree – Walnut tree (Juglans regia).

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    Teresa Gitonga

    Centenary Campaign Manager

    Teresa hold a Master’s degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi, and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Teresa has over 10 years experience empowering community based organisations in environmental management, including community mobilization and empowerment, resource mobilisation and gender integration in natural resource management.

    My favourite tree – Royal Poinciana (Delonix Regia).


    Sue Pitt

    Wellbeing In The Woods Project Manager

    Sue joined ITF in March 2016. Based in Sheffield, she has responsibility for delivering ITF’s ‘Wellbeing In The Woods’ Project and previously ‘Fruit-full Communities’.

    Sue initially qualified in Medicine from Oxford and Sheffield Universities and spent two summers volunteering in hospitals in South Africa and Tanzania. She then turned her interest to research and completed a PhD in the history of medicine. She has many years experience of teaching and supporting young people in a variety of educational contexts and is a qualified coach/mentor. She has experience of project management and partnership working, most recently with an urban ecology company in Manchester.

    Sue is particularly interested in how planting and growing can promote confidence, health and wellbeing as well as providing economically and environmentally sustainable futures for communities.

    My favourite tree – Rowan tree (Sorbus aucuparia).


    Nicola Doyle

    Marketing and Communications Officer

    Nicola has a varied background in arts and education since graduating with a 1st class hons in Interactive Design for Entertainment Media at the International School for Digital Conent, Liverpool. She brings design, writing, directing, teaching and public speaking skills over to ITF. She has dedicated her life to becoming one of the next generation of environmental leaders, starting off by publishing her first children’s book about plastic pollution in the ocean called ‘Albert Ross the Albatross – Blue Spaghetti’.

    She once lived in the New Zealand bush in a tiny-house with 3 walls, where she learned how to forage and use plants for medicine.


    My favourite tree – Weeping willow tree (Salix babylonica).


    Michelle Mitchell

    Finance Administration Assistant

    Michelle joined ITF in 2018 in our Oxford offices. She grew up in Reading and trained and worked as a secretary until her first daughter was born. After this she moved to France and worked as a childminder and also in an English Tea Room. After moving back to the UK she worked as a TA in a primary school, and she has also worked at the Warnefield Hospital. A qualified massage therapist and Reiki practitioner, her hobbies include decorating/interior design, sewing, reading, walking with her dog Eddie.


    My favourite tree – Cherry Blossom tree (Prunus serrulata).

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    Jenny Weld

    Fundraising and Marketing Assistant

    Jenny joined ITF in September 2019. She studied biology at Sheffield University and always wanted to work in the charity sector. After university she gained experience in the fundraising department of a large development charity before joining ITF. This role brings together her passion for the environment, social justice and communicating with a wide variety of people. She loves public speaking and encouraging others to be part of something big. Jenny is particularly interested in the role trees will play as we combat climate change and the way ITF’s projects empower women. In her spare time she likes to paint, dance, longboard, party and work with students at her local church.


    My favourite tree – Bullhorn Acacia (Vachellia cornigera).


    Miriam Vesma

    Fundraising and Marketing Assistant

    Miriam joined ITF in 2016 and helps with fundraising and communications tasks.

    She studied Environmental Science at university and spent several months travelling and volunteering on farms in the UK and France. She has also volunteered for the Soil Association and worked in fundraising for Women’s Aid.

    She is interested in conservation and particularly in community action for sustainable development and enjoys volunteering for local community action groups. In her spare time she enjoys arts & crafts and board games.

    My favourite tree – Juniper (Juniperus communis)

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    ITF is supported by a small dedicated people who manage the day-to-day work that ITF undertake in the UK and in Africa.

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