The Trustees

The aidgambia The Community Health Charity (TCHC) is managed by a committee consisting of five trustees. The Charity is required to meet at least 3 times plus an AGM during the year. December 2018 marked the end of the 5 year Tallinding Children’s Health Centre project.


The Trustees ensure that ALL money raised is only used for the aidgambia TCHC’s purposes.  All money is held in the charity’s bank account and all cheques must be signed by 2 Trustees. Trustees do not receive any money from the Charity. To reduce money transfer bank charges we try and minimise the number of overseas payments. During the five year Tallinding project we made two transfers per year to link in with the financial cycle of the Health Centre  – in late July and late January. During the 5 year project we had completed 9 overseas bank transfers; the first transfer was in July 2013.

Meet the trustees

Marilyn McMenemy Trustee / Chair

mMarilyn has a career background in adult, further and higher education. Her previous roles include Acting Head and Deputy Head / Dean at London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London.
Additionally, she has held posts at various London colleges with a strong focus on academic development, quality and standards and widening participation. Marilyn has experience as an auditor and reviewer with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

Marilyn has written and contributed to a number of publications on academic development. She has also developed and managed a number of London-based and international projects related to enterprise developments supported by UK-based funding bodies such as the British Council. Like the other trustees she is keen on travel and is a strong advocate of well-planned and sustainable local projects.

Marilyn has served as a member of a number of committees most recently as a Governor at Morley College, London where she was a member of the Finance, Resources, Fundraising and Property Sub-Committee.

Robert Simpson Trustee / Secretary

robert-simpsonRobert is a former Principal Lecturer in Education at the University of East London. He has considerable experience of many aspects of curriculum management, teaching delivery, staff management and of the development and implementation of strategies to enhance the quality of learning and teaching.

Robert has written a number of nationally and internationally recognised publications on learner support (many co-authored with Dr. Tony Wailey). He has also served on a number of Governing Bodies.

Robert spent 15 years teaching English as a Second Language both abroad and in inner London F.E. colleges. Consequently, he has developed an interest in other cultures, languages and countries. During holidays in The Gambia, he was initially introduced to the work of the Tallinding Children’s Health Centre. Once that 5 year project completed he continued his involvement in trying to improve the health of Gambians and in particular the educational development of professionals working in the health-related field.

Peter Jules Turner MBE Trustee / Fundraiser

peterPeter’s career spans a multitude of aspects of community work. He worked for Capital Radio for 23 years heading up the Community Services Radio from 1990 -2006. This involved managing on and off air commercial sponsorship aspects of community services and projects across well-known household brands such as Capital FM, Capital Gold, XFM, Choice FM, LBC and Classic FM. Peter also initiated and managed radio-based charities such as Help a London Child and Share a Capital Christmas raising some £15 million over the years for under-privileged children across London.
Peter is a prolific fundraiser managing events which include 13 overseas trek challenges, Party in the Park (4 times), the Capital Awards Gala Dinner and other well-known corporate tie up events with the likes of Barclays Bank, Disney, BA, MacDonald’s, Toyota and BT. He was also a member of the team that won the Sony Gold Award 2005 (the radio industry’s Oscars) for coverage of the July 7th London bombings.
Much of Peter’s work and interests have a community focus. He has been a social worker and Chair for over 15 years of Second House, a housing project for ex-offenders in north London . He was a member of Whippersnappers (children’s charity) Advisory Board and a debt Advisor for Brixton Advice Centre targeting fuel poverty and prisoners in Brixton Prison with debt problems. More recently, he was a member of Help a London Child Grants Panel allocating £11 million per annum.
Peter is well travelled and has acted as a trustee and consultant on a number of community-based projects in Tanzania and Namibia.
He received his MBE in 2002 for his contribution to community broadcasting.

Beverly O’Sullivan Trustee / Treasurer

Beverley O'SullivanBeverly was Director of Brixton Advice Centre for 12 years. Previous to this, she spent a year supporting organisations set up and registered as charities that included the establishment of constitutions and the management of accounting systems and sustainable business plans.

Beverly began her career in the British Civil Service working in Human Resources before moving to a high profile national charity where she headed up the Finance and Personnel Department for fourteen years. She then moved to another charity based in London where she worked on fundraising; in the main, she organised overseas fundraising expeditions and has taken large groups of volunteers to Namibia, China, Brazil and Morocco.

Beverly loves travel and her background and experience have led her to a firm belief in sustainable local projects and the ability of individuals to make a huge difference.    

 Jane Gay

Jane spent many years working in further and higher education as a Senior Lecturer, where she focused on Staff Development. 

During her first visit to the clinic in 2017, she was very impressed with the commitment of the staff, and saw an opportunity to use her expertise to nurture their continuing professional development. She is subsequently working on the Bendon Bursary initiative to enable staff to gain opportunities and further their careers. Its first beneficiary, Chernor Jallow, graduated in 2020 with flying colours.

Christopher Rolfe Bendon Trustee / RIP

chris-bendonChris had considerable accounting experience and was a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. After 10 years in industry working as a company secretary at Gestetner as small businesses consultant, he changed careers to qualify as a lecturer.
He worked in Business Studies at Loughton College before moving to London College of Communication where he held the post of Director of External Development. In this role he co-managed and developed a number of enterprise-related projects both nationally and internationally. These included British Council aided projects focusing on the development of locally initiated enterprise centres in South Africa.
Chris had a breadth of community-based experience. He had served as a mentor for the Prince’s Trust and the Shell Live-Wire Awards, worked as a member of the Independent Monitoring Board of Prisons and held the Bene Merenti papal award for services to the Catholic Church.

Chris was an experienced Governor serving as Chair and member on primary and secondary school bodies. He was also Chair of St John the Baptist Ilford Parish Council and the Finance and General Purpose Committee. He was also Chair of Southwark Arts Forum for a number of years. Chris was well travelled and had well–evidenced commitment to the support of community-based projects.

Sadly, Chris died on January 5th 2017 after being in intensive care from December 19th over Christmas and the New Year.

We all thank him for his massive contribution and we still miss him greatly.