OUR TEAM 

Adam Burford - President and Co-Founder

 

A high school teacher of over 20 years’ experience, Adam is uniquely qualified to lead TANZEED’s mission of empowerment through education, co-founding the charity in 2015. Having lived and volunteered for extended periods in Tanzania and other parts of east and west Africa, he has gained an understanding of life and schooling and a deep affinity for the continent. He’s complemented this real-world experience with advanced study. Adam has completed a Bachelor of Economics and of Geography and a Master of International Development at Flinders University, and also a Master of Education, International Development and Globalisation at Cambridge University (United Kingdom). He has also travelled extensively throughout much of the developing world to broaden his insight into the day-to-day challenges facing families living in poverty. Married with two children, Adam currently teaches geography at Westminster School, Adelaide.

 

Karen Burford - Secretary and Co-Founder

Karen is a co-founder of TANZEED and a senior clinical and research occupational therapist of over 20 years’ experience. She has a deep passion for community development and this has taken her throughout the developing world, including for extended periods living and providing volunteer community healthcare in Tanzania, Ghana and Bhutan. Karen is an Accredited Hand Therapist with the Australian Hand Therapy Association. She currently practises at Adelaide’s world-class Flinders Medical Centre. Married to Adam (see above) they have two children who have travelled and also lived with them in Tanzania.

 

Gary Hayes - Vice President

Gary has taught in high schools for more than 20 years and has valuable experience in Tanzania. In late 2013, he spent four weeks in Arusha helping to organise and run a three-day TANZEED teacher training workshop on ‘Effective methodologies and active learning’ for 20 local primary and secondary teachers. He also visited the Arusha educational community in December 2017, again providing valuable professional development guidance. Gary currently teaches English at Pembroke School, Adelaide.

 

Nick Forrest - Operations Co-Manager, Tanzania

Nick is an instrumental member of TANZEED’s on-the-ground operational team. Originating from the United States, he has lived and worked in Arusha, Tanzania since 2012, and speaks fluent Swahili and the local language of Maa. Nick is a pastor with global charitable organisation Youth with a Mission and provides weekly English lessons for the isolated Kiserian Masaai people of northern Tanzania. It was Nick who first introduced Adam and Karen (Burford) to this beautiful community, which has become the focus of TANZEED’s first school-construction project. He continues his invaluable support through project managing the school construction and communication with the community.

 

Lilian Maximillian - Operations Co-Manager, Tanzania

Lilian is a local Tanzanian who owns and manages Zohar African Safaris in Arusha. She is one of our key local contacts who represent us in Tanzania. She contributes invaluable local insight into not just the Tanzanian education, business and public sector, but her community’s cultural heart, complementing her significant commercial experience with an arts degree majoring in sociology and cultural anthropology. Lilian also provides invaluable practical, on-the-ground project management and logistical expertise.

 

Rajesh Singh  - Treasurer

A Chartered Accountant of over 25 years’ experience, Raj directs the Wakefield Business Group (Adelaide) and also sits on the boards of Hair Care Australia and the Adelaide Turf Cricket Association. He has worked extensively in the United Kingdom public sector, reporting directly to former prime minister Tony Blair as part of the National Audit Office. In this capacity he played a prominent role in establishing the United Kingdom's National Food Standards Agency. He is a volunteer presenter on community radio station, Coast FM 88.7 and past Treasurer of Coast FM. Married with three children, Raj is a keen cricketer and has played as an overseas professional at the United Kingdom's Hambledon Cricket Club.

 

Kylie Brunner  - General Board Member

Kylie is an experienced occupational therapist with a strong sense of community and interest in child welfare. In addition to providing invaluable fundraising and event-management support, she plays an important role in supporting TANZEED’s relationship-building efforts within the South Australian education community. Married with two children, Kylie and her family look forward to visiting the TANZEED-funded Namelok Primary School—along with its wonderful teachers and students.

 

 

Matt Hardy - Communications Advisor

Matt is a journalistically trained copywriter with over 25 years’ experience in all forms of editorial, fundraising and marketing communications. Currently senior copywriter for the University of Adelaide, he has a keen interest in education- and research-related writing. Matt is a new addition to the TANZEED team in 2019 and will be helping communicate TANZEED's work and the human and community benefits. He is married with two children.