BTS Executive Committee Members.
Paul Harrison took over as Chair of the Britain Tanzania Society at the 2021 AGM. Educated to BA and MSc levels at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, with fluent Swahili, Paul regards Tanzania as his second home, having lived and worked there repeatedly as a businessman, UN official, estate manager and a student since 1996. Paul has over 20 years’ global work experience in environmental
Godlisten and Charlotte Pallangyo
Godlisten and Charlotte Pallangyo are based in South East London. Godlisten was born and grew up in Arusha, Tanzania and is currently studying Global Politics and International Relations at Birkbeck. He has been involved in community development projects in Tanzania and South Africa for over 10 years and continues this passion from the UK particularly in northern Tanzania.
Charlotte, who was born and grew up in the UK, studied Swahili and Development Studies at SOAS in London. She has lived and
worked in Tanzania and currently works in International Development with a focus on infrastructure, education, and presently women’s economic empowerment.
Jeremy Lefroy and his family lived in Moshi between 1989 and 2000 and have been members of BTS for many years. While a member of Parliament (2010-2019), Jeremy chaired the All Party Group in Tanzania and greatly valued the support of BTS in organising meetings and events. He appreciates the chance to support BTS’s work more closely through membership of the committee and as Hon. Treasurer.
David lived in Tanzania as a child. He is a teacher in the UK, and helped coordinate and support a school link and exchange with Shambalai secondary school, Lushoto.
Janet is the chair of our development arm, Tanzania Development Trust, with which she has been involved since 2014. She is also the founder of Crowd2Map. a volunteer project mapping rural Tanzania into OpenStreetMap for better navigation, community development and to help protect girls from Female Genital Mutilation. Her background is in educational technology and she is particularly interested in womens' rights.
Sheila Farrell is a transport economist working as a project appraisal consultant for large financial institutions. She has experience of working in many countries, but a soft spot for Tanzania. She is currently chairing the TDT Fundraising Group.
Peter was born in South Kensington, West London, but spent his formative years in Tanzania. He is currently based in Essex and has been practising as a data scientist and statistician for a number of years. He is fluent in two Tanzanian languages, Kiswahili and Kihaya.
Nick Reynolds, AKA Bongozozo. Influencer of the year 2021 (TFF awards)
Following a career in Music Education and School Management, Jonathan worked in Namibia as a VSO volunteer with the Ministry of Education. He joined TDT as a Project Officer in 2010.
Jennifer Sharp first went to Tanzania making films for DFID. She joined the committee as the representative of a once thriving Scottish group (pre-covid) and now edits the newsletter.
James Laizer was born and raised in Arusha, Southern Tanzania. James has over 20 years of experience working in natural resources management, terrestrial and marine, across public and private sectors in Tanzania. James is now CEO of specialist natural resources consultancy firm Kilimanyika Ltd. James lives and works in Arusha, Tanzania and speaks Maa, Swahili and English.
Dr Gideon Mlawa MD MRCPUK, SCE
Gideon graduated in Trakia University Bulgaria. He further specialised in Endocrinology & Diabetes/General Internal Medicine in UK with both the Wessex and London Deaneries. His current role is Consultant Physician in Diabetes and Endocrinology/General
Internal Medicine at Queens Hospital Romford. He is the interim treasurer of TUHEDA.
Ben Taylor is the Editor for Tanzanian Affairs. Long-time analyst and civil society influencer working on water and governance.
Alpha Ngailla is a teacher at Ikondo Secondary School in Muleba district. He has a Bachelor Degree of Arts with Education, major in History.
Phil was born in Singida, Tanzania but grew up mostly in the UK. Married to Esther, born and raised in Tanzania, they have three children together. Currently based in Peterborough, UK and working in the water industry.