African Initiatives’ Staff


José Sluijs-Doyle
Chief Executive

José has been Chief Executive since September 2013. Following a career in the private sector in the Netherlands, she made the move to international development. Her experience includes the management, monitoring and evaluation of social development programmes, with a particular focus on the social, economic and legal implications of HIV and AIDS. Organisational development, capacity building and the use of participatory approaches are her forté.

José has an MSc in International Development from the University of Bath. She has lived in southern Africa and Guyana and has regularly worked in eastern Africa over the years. In the UK she has worked for VSO and Futures Group Europe, and as a freelance consultant for UNAIDS and Comic Relief. José is passionate about the well-being of our planet, and equality and rights for the people on it.*


David Baines
Overseas Programme Manager

David has spent 15 years working in International Development. He has significant experience developing and implementing gender-focused projects including improving girls’ access to quality education, and women’s access to land, credit and sustainable livelihoods. He has lived and worked in South India, West Africa, Southern Africa and East Africa, has traveled extensively in both Europe and the Americas and is fluent in French and English. David has participated in the United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) in New York.

David has lectured at the University of Bristol on Development and Youth. He has extensive experience in planning and delivering organisational development, as well as monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks. He holds an MA degree from the University of Edinburgh in Social Anthropology, with a specialist focus on International Development.


Michael Auton 
Fundraising Manager
Michael 3

Michael joined African Initiatives in November 2016. His focus is on generating money from Trusts and Foundations, recruiting and managing supporters and developing a programme of events throughout the year.

Michael has over 26 years of fundraising experience in a variety of fundraising and marketing roles across a broad range of charities and community groups. Most recently, he set up and ran his own consultancy supporting small charities to develop their fundraising capabilities. He was brought up in Botswana and Zambia and has a real passion for African History, culture and music.


Edwin Mwaitebele
Overseas Project Coordinator

EdwinEdwin heads up our office in Arusha, Tanzania. He has 10 years experience of designing, implementing and evaluating donor-funded development and research projects, with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS,  family planning and reproductive health. He has a BA in Social Sciences from Dar es Salaam University and has co-ordinated and participated in the development of national guidelines for improving quality of care, support and protection for the most vulnerable children in Tanzania.


Henna Cheema
Fundraising Officer
hennaHenna has been working at African Initiatives since October 2014. She focuses on raising income from Trust and Foundations and building relationships with Corporates. Prior to joining AI, Henna worked as Partnership Manager for The Prince’s Trust, securing large contracts from the Welsh Government and European Funding Office. She has also worked at the British Red Cross in a fundraising role. Henna has a BA in Education from Bath Spa University and an MSc in International Development from the University of Bath. She completed an internship for the UN in New York in the Department for the Advancement of Women.


Roger Taylor
Finance and Operations Manager

Roger joined African Initiatives in 2016.  He qualified in commercial practice before moving to the public sector and latterly the not-for-profit sector. He has worked for a number of Bristol based charities and also as Treasurer for a national not-for-profit organisation. Roger has also spent time in Nepal performing a review of an International Charity.  He has degrees in both Philosophy and Accountancy.



Lindsay Mansfield
Finance Administrator

30732aeLindsay has been working at African Initiatives since October 2015. She began as a volunteer trusts fundraiser and global education project facilitator. Lindsay gained a first-class honours degree in Geography with English from Keele University and subsequently fundraised on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital. She has also worked as a social media volunteer for an NGO in Peru, and as a volunteer teacher in Ghana.



*CEO salary details available on request.