Our Team

The Team of Volunteers

Simone Thomas

Simone Thomas

Founder and Trustee

Simone currently works as a donor finance business partner for a charity.

Previously, she worked as a grants accountant for an education charity and an auditor within the not for profit sector.

She has a strong interest in international development, having volunteered within Guatemala and Kenya previously. She taught Mathematics within Kibera in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and has been returning ever since to provide support to some of the children there and ensure their right to education is met. Some of these children are sponsored today as part of Kickstart Kibera.

Philip Hearn

Philip Hearn

Trustee

Philip is experienced at both executing strategic plans and helping organisations improve their processes, marketing and risk management.

As somebody who has both started his own company and worked in internal audit at major international companies, he is able to bring a wealth of insight to help Kickstart Kibera achieve its objectives. Philip is a Chartered Accountant as well as having professional qualifications in project management and IT.

Philip is delighted to be part of Kickstart Kibera as he passionately believes that the skills he has can help the charity achieve life changing outcomes for the children it helps.

Irini Pantelidou

Irini Pantelidou

Trustee

Irini has worked in the not for profit sector for eight years and is committed to improving the standards of education for underprivileged children throughout the world.

Prior to this she worked for The Salvation Army and Family Action charity and has had the opportunity to undertake voluntary work in the UK and abroad including Zambia, Palestine and Greece. She completed an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies at LSE.

She is excited to be a part of Kickstart Kibera and to make a difference on a local level to children’s lives through education.

Vojtěch Sobota

Vojtěch Sobota

Our IT Guy

Vojtěch is a software engineer with substantial experience in web development. Having built web applications for the past decade he is proud to be able to participate on the Kickstart Kibera project as a technical resource.