Mariot Dallas, Co-convenor and Trustee
I retired from teaching in 2015 and am enjoying semi-retired life. My husband John and I have regular grandparent days with our grandson (and Mamie’s great-great grandson) which are a great joy. I also do some music teaching in local primary schools, as well as working with several choirs. During my time at Falkirk High School I helped set up a school partnership with Bandawe Girls Secondary School and led two pupil excursions to Malawi and one reciprocal visit to Falkirk by BAGSS girls and teachers. I feel a strong bond with Bandawe and the many friends in that community.
I enjoy talking and writing about MMF and about Mamie and Jack, often using the book Salt and Light as a starting point. I’ve been a Trustee for some time and am currently sharing the convenor role with my brother Willie. We remember our parents and their vision for MMF when they set it up in 1993 but we also enjoy the challenge of taking MMF forward into the future.
Willie Sinclair, Co-convenor and Trustee
Grandson of Jack and Mamie Martin, and son of John and Margaret Sinclair, Willie has been a Committee Member/Trustee of the charity since approximately 1995, and Convenor for many years since. Willie visited Malawi in 2005 and would like to go back, but his day-job is Partner and Clinical Director of a growing Veterinary Practice in Irvine, Ayrshire which currently precludes such a journey. He has a tolerant and flexible approach to chairing Trustees Meetings and uses his musical contacts and enthusiasm for cycling to raise money for the Fund.
Angie Wynn, Vice-convenor and Trustee
Angie first met Margaret Sinclair in 1970 when, as social workers, they joined the same team in Stirling. A long standing friendship soon grew up between Angie and the Sinclair family. Having seen the effects of education deprivation in her own mother’s generation, she holds a strong belief in the rights of girls and women to have equal opportunities in education which leads to improved health and education for the next generation and greater prosperity for the whole community. Angie has worked with children and young people, as a Development Worker for Enable Scotland and has set up and managed a range of care services in Scotland. She has also served on the Fife Committee of Cruse Scotland. It is the experience she has gained in all these roles which she hopes is useful to the Mamie Martin Fund.
Eileen Sinclair, Secretary and Trustee
I joined the Board in 2013 and have been a supporter of the Mamie Martin Fund since its inception in 1993. I am a retired veterinary surgeon and spent more than 30 years working in, and managing, a small animal practice in Ayrshire with my 2 business partners. I was secretary of Cunninghame South Constituency Labour Party and chairperson of Ayrshire CND for several years, until expansion in our business took up all my spare time.
The Mamie Martin Fund has been a huge presence in our family life, and I am honoured to play my part in continuing its valuable and essential work in North Malawi – helping impoverished young women into secondary education.
Lynsey Shepherd, Treasurer and Trustee
Lynsey first became involved with the Mamie Martin Fund in 2008 when she visited Bandawe Girls Secondary School as part of an educational trip with Falkirk High School. After graduating from Heriot-Watt University in Mathematics, she has since worked with other organisations in Sub-Saharan Africa, and as an Analyst with Maggie’s Centres and the People’s Postcode Lottery. Lynsey, who lives in Edinburgh, now studies Adult Nursing at Queen Margaret University.
Moira Dunworth, Trustee
Moira learned about the work of Mamie Martin when Margaret and John came back from their first trip to Malawi. She was pleased to be able to help with the process of setting up the Mamie Martin Fund and has been involved in one way or another since then. She believes passionately in the need to support the education of girls everywhere as it is essential to the well-being of any nation. She plays a key role in the Marketing and Fundraising Group within MMF. Moira has visited Malawi on behalf of MMF each year between 2015 and 2018. She is now retired and enjoys cycling, fundraising and learning to play the fiddle.
Brian Kerr, Trustee
Brian is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of our partner, The Soko Fund, a Scottish charity that enables women to access higher education in Malawi. Brian has a background in social care and social work management.
Hazel Dawson, Administrator
Hazel has worked for the Mamie Martin Fund since February 2008. Her past experience includes working in a Local Authority Social Work Department and various voluntary sector organisations in Edinburgh before joining the staff at Heriot Watt University. Hazel is currently the part-time Scotland Administrator for Mamie Martin Fund.
Mercy Moyo Sibande, Malawi Manager
Mercy is an educationist from Mzuzu, Malawi, who obtained her Bachelors from Mzuzu University in 2015. She is the Coordinator for the Mamie Martin Fund in Malawi. She has a passion for work that deals with women and children affairs thus, girl child education and empowerment falls under her desired goals. She is an honest reliable individual who loves to bring about change and meaning in somebody’s life by making them realise that they can reach as far as their dreams can take them, no matter what background they are coming from.
Alison Cameron, Scottish Patron
Alison has been a supporter of the Mamie Martin Fund since it was founded. She and her husband, Colin, have worked for 60 years to build and maintain civil society and governmental links between Malawi and Scotland. The Scottish Government has honoured that work by creating an endowment fund in Alison’s name and asking us to administer it. This fund supports 45 girls through school and 4 at university over four years each.
Alison was a nurse in Malawi and has published, in the Society of Malawi Journal, Vol 72, No 1, 2019, a snapshot of that life. We share it with the kind permission of the Society of Malawi Journal.