Our Operational Team


Amy Blake

Chief Executive Officer

Meet Amy! The CEO of Classrooms for Malawi, she has over 20 years professional experience within international development and NGOs (such as International Volunteers Service, The British Red Cross, Capability Scotland and UNICEF).

Amy leads our charity in this exciting next phase of growth, managing our staff and volunteers as we seek to dramatically grow our impact both in Malawi and the UK.


Dezie Trigu

Country Facilitator

A Muli Bwanji (Hello, how are you?!) from Dezie Trigu!  Dezie leads our organisation in Malawi, co-ordinating our extensive building programmes and community development work.

He has a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Malawi and a Masters Degree from the University of Massachusetts. A former teacher, he has taught throughout Malawi and more recently worked for US AID on a the very successful Early Grade Reading Activity programme.

The Board of Trustees


James Kelly


Our Chairman, James Kelly, is a retired HMRC manager with many years experience in organisational development and planning.  With a passion for making a difference in the world, James, in his own words, “never imagined on retiring I would be making several visits to Malawi and helping to facilitate building and renovating classrooms!”


Michael Daly


Michael (or Miggs, to friends!) is the Treasurer at our charity, he has a career background in Audit and Finance (within PWC, SCIAF and currently the British Red Cross). His role is to ensure that every penny that you donate goes as far as possible in providing a better education for Malawian children. In his words, “Making sure that, together, we can make the biggest difference possible!”


Andrew Vincent

Head of Fundraising and Marketing

Say Hello to Andrew! He’s a business owner and entrepreneur with a career bacground in finance and project management. His role focusses on comms and fundraising and he loves working alongside the people of the warm heart of Africa and thinking up innovate ways to solve problems. From running half-marathons (in a not so athletic manner), to bricklaying … Andrew is very passionate about working toward our goal of alleviating poverty through education and will turn his hand to anything!


Patricia Duffy

Community Liaison Manager

Patricia is a retired primary school teacher (albeit we can’t keep her out of the classroom!) with longstanding experience in education and early years learning. Patricia has a flare for organising large scale fundraising events and community engagement projects. Knowing the practicalities of teaching, she’s very passionate about ensuring that each child in Malawi receives a quality education in a classroom fit for purpose!