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The Team

Operations | Ugandan NGO Board | UK Trustees

Eco Brixs is led by a skilled management team with extensive networks at corporate and government levels in Uganda.

 

They are overseen by two boards working in collaboration - a UK Charity and a Ugandan NGO.

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Management Team

ANDY BOWNDS

Founder and CEO

After working all his professional life in the charity sector in London, Andy moved to Uganda in 2015 to help establish the Uganda Marathon Foundation. After seeing the negative impact of plastic waste in Uganda, he started to research possible solutions and connect with industry players before establishing Masaka Recycling Initiative, which over just two years, grew into Eco Brixs. Prior to life in Uganda, Andy worked at management level for 5 years with London Cyrenians and graduated with BA Hons from Winchester University.

Outside of Eco Brixs, Andy is a professional clown, Nile beer drinker and father to 2 cats. He is also working on his first dystopian novel which, unsurprisingly, involves plastic. 

GEE ELLIOTT

Founder

Gee moved to Uganda in 2015 to head Opportunity Africa, a philanthropic organisation focused on sustainable development through education and enterprise. With a love for Uganda and a strong belief that enterprise is one of the best ways to help develop communities, she then went onto establish a microfinance programme alongside Grass Roots Cafe and Deli before Eco Brixs. Prior to life in Uganda, Gee worked in the private equity real estate industry for 5 years where she was responsible for developing relationships with European and U.S. institutional investors for Blackstone and Revcap. Gee graduated with 1st Class Honours in Law from Leeds University.

When Gee isn’t looking at mountains of plastic rubbish, she’s usually found writing her blog with the deluded view of being the next Karen Blixen or eating her body weight in avocados.

Site Team

Ugandan NGO Board

Fr. James

Board Member

Our number 1 supporter, Fr. James has been with us since the beginning. He provides us with invaluable advice from his many years of experience, which includes a Masters in Environmental Conservation. He has even written a book, which you can view here!

Paul

Vice-Chair

With his MA in Business Administration and Diploma in Civil Engineering, Paul has been a massive help in supporting our strategic growth, both as we scale up, and develop the Eco Brixs paver

Lizzie

Secretary

Lizzie has lived in Uganda for a decade. In that time, she's worked on various start-up projects including a marathon, a charity, a guesthouse, and a restaurant, meaning she brings a vast amount of entrepreneurial experience to the board

Regina

Finance Officer

Our self proclaimed 'Mother of Recycling', she keeps our accounts in order whilst being an amazing mum to 4 children!

Emma

Operations Officer

Emma has been on our team for over three years now, and uses all his experience to keep our main site operations on track! 

Frank

Operations Office

This superhero is often seen at the Eco Brixs site both day and night, splitting his time been operations and night security guard.

 
 
 
 

UK Charity Trustees

TONY

Chair of the UK Board

Tony came across Eco Brixs whilst taking part in the Uganda Marathon 2019. As part of the amazing week's experience leading up to the race, he helped to open one of our Community Recycling Centres. There, he saw the first few kilos of plastic picked up from the village streets and streams, so they could be purchased for recycling. The combination of local economic development and environment protection convinced him to become a supporter.

Tony has had 30 years experience in the energy industry, leading teams in trading, risk management and planning. He has taken part in school building projects in Cambodia, Nepal and Rwanda. He is also a trustee of a Citizens Advice centre in Hampshire.

ANJANA

Trustee

Anjana previously lived in Masaka, Uganda, for 2 years, so is familiar with the home of Eco Brixs. During this time she worked for a social enterprise that focuses on environmentally sustainable construction.

A year after leaving Uganda, she decided to renew her connection with the Ugandan community by joining the Eco Brixs' UK board. She's thrilled once again to be involved in recycling, having been involved in anti-plastic activism since high school and holding a master's degree in environmental engineering from Imperial College London.

 

Outside of work, you can find Anjana testing new recipes on friends or speaking to her houseplants!

MARTIN

Vice-Chair of the UK Board

Martin studied Geography at Cambridge University and is a former teacher of 20 years, who also has extensive experience in charity and international development.

The revelation came for Martin when he accepted a teaching post in Nairobi, Kenya, and he and his wife decided to spend 5 months travelling there overland. Infact, they didn't return for 2 1/2 years! From there, Martin's long relationship with Africa continued - he accepted a job as Country Director in Zimbabwe for Students Partnership Worldwide in 1998, at the sharp end of the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS. Since then, he founded the Amalthea Trust, which sends NHS engineers from the UK to Sub-Saharan African countries to repair and maintain medical equipment in hospitals/clinics, of which he is now the Program Director based in the UK.

Jamie

Tresurer

Jamie has spent his career working in the charity sector in London, and is currently the Business Development Director of an International Education Social Enterprise, which provides access to language education for disadvantaged youths. Prior to this, he worked with vulnerable children and adults at Cyrenians alongside our CEO - Andy.

Later, Jamie became a founding member of Eco Brixs. He was actually in Uganda in early 2019 when the organisation prepared its first plastic delivery for Kampala (so it could be recycled) and lent a helping hand in preparing the waste for transportation!

Jamie is a lifelong Leicester FC fan, so when he isn't busy with charity work, you can find him watching his boyhood team, quietly hoping they'll repeat their success from the 2015/16 season! 

 
 
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