Founder, Chief Executive, Consultant
Greg has exceptional experience within the charity sector spanning more than four decades. He has founded several successful charities and is an accomplished Chief Executive, including the growth of one organisation from a turnover of £60,000 to £3,500,000 during his tenure. Greg has a deep insight and vast experience in all areas of charitable work - from one-to-one counselling, programme development, securing funding from both private and public sources and attracting high profile patrons and supporters. He has raised over 35 million pounds in funding for charities in his career to date. Greg has a wealth of in-depth experience which has had an extensive impact on the charities he has been involved with including maximising their operational functioning for achieving outcomes, infusing their ethos with new inspiration and expanding their charitable impact and reach. Greg is a trained counsellor, sailing instructor and leader of numerous international expeditions in wilderness environments.
Co-Founder, Director of Operations, Consultant
Andy has vast experience of working in the charity and international development sector spanning over 25 years. He has significant expertise in the design and operational delivery of personal and organisational effectiveness programmes and has successfully designed and implemented a range of extremely complex programmes of work throughout his career, including trafficking, child justice, and rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners. Andy’s approach has been shown to ensure a high quality and consistent programme delivery and his decades of experience in programme design have led to the unique training methodology that underpins the Beyond Resilience programme. Andy started his working life in the Armed Forces and is certified in Reality Therapy. He also has considerable experience of cognitive behavioural work in wild and remote places and has worked in remote environments around the world.
Grace Tionge Waluza
Malawi Country Director
Grace is an energetic, passionate and inspiring leader for our Malawian team. She has been with Chance For Change since 2013 in many capacities before taking up her post as Country Director. Grace oversees all programmes and brings her experience to bear ensuring high-quality delivery and maintaining the Chance For Change ethos and philosophy. Grace provides leadership and strategic direction and is also responsible for maintaining partnerships, recruitment and management of staff, mentoring and training.
"I love working with young people as they hold such promise, and the idea that I might be able to guide them on their journey, or be part of it in any way, is more fulfilling than anything else I could imagine myself doing. Our projects address deep social problems and I feel honoured that I can contribute to making a positive change, helping young people to redirect and refocus their lives, giving them a second chance and empowering them to move towards a brighter, healthier and more productive future."
Director of Finance
After qualifying in 2011, Ronnex joined Chance For Change as Finance Manager in 2018, and has risen through the ranks to become our Finance Director. A qualified Accountant, he is responsible for all aspects of finance from day to day management of funds to overseeing audits. He also coordinates donor reporting, budgeting, proposal development, budget review, variance analysis and financial forecasting. In the past few years, Ronnex has been working hard towards bridging the gap between financial administration and operational delivery and deputises Grace as Country Director when called upon.
“It has always been my desire to work with an organisation that puts the value of money to work for the true benefit of others. This is the very definition of what Chance For Change achieves.”
Head of Criminal Justice
Yami’s two main passions are child justice and the education of young people. At Chance For Change, he heads up the Criminal Justice Department, making sure that all referrals are rehabilitated and trained before reintegration to their families and communities. Yamikani brings his skills and experience of the court system to bear in assisting Grace’s liaison with the wider criminal justice system. As well as his studies in law, Yami also studied education and has worked as a secondary school language tutor. He loves working with children and watching them grow.
“My energy level gets very high every time I get challenged within my area of work, as I am an open-minded person when it comes to learning new things”.
Head of Administration
In 2006 Promise was among a group from different African countries, selected by UNICEF to go to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to train as a voice of fellow African youth under the brand of 'Speak Africa Challenge'.
Promise joined Chance for Change in 2014 as a part-time bookkeeper. As Chance For Change grew, he joined us full-time and extended his role to cover administration, human resources, and took over the duties of personnel and welfare manager. In 2016, he became an Administration Manager, and shortly after, as the organisation expanded further, he became Head of Administration. As well as his administration work, he also takes responsibility for staff welfare and pastoral support.
"I have always wanted to be part of the solution to the many challenges that young people in Africa are facing, and I feel passionate about the work we are doing at C4C."
Vikram took on the role of Interim Chair in 2020.
Kate has 25 years of experience in criminal justice globally, focusing on the expenditure of resources in Corporate Social Responsibility within the Criminal Justice and Mental Health arenas. She is a specialist in forming partnerships and developing social projects and in enabling efficient use of resources to promote viable and functioning third sector organisations within the criminal justice and mental health sectors.
Chrissie is a Creative Learning Officer for Creative Scotland, the national body for the funding and development of the arts. The focus of her work is enabling artists to work collaboratively with people, and workforce development. Exploring quality, skills and connectivity for better participatory arts and creative learning.
Chrissie trained as a visual artist at Edinburgh College of Art and followed this with a Masters in Theatre for Development at King Alfred’s College Winchester. She is trained as an Action Learning Set Facilitator (through the Institute of Leadership and Management) and Mentoring Co-ordinator.
PATRONS & AMBASSADORS
Sheriff David Mackie
Chair of Chance For Change between 2015-2018
Sheriff David Mackie is a Judge in Scotland. David continues to be a passionate supporter of our work as an ambassador. He passionately believes in -and promotes- the redemptive qualities of young people who have a desire to change their lives.
Khul Chandra Gautam
Kul Chandra Gautam is a distinguished international civil servant, public policy expert and peace advocate. Recently appointed as a “Global Leader in Education” and previously Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF and Assistant Secretary-General of the UN, Mr Gautam has experience in international diplomacy, education and humanitarian assistance.
Chris Bonnington is one of the most successful expedition leaders in the history of mountaineering and has established a reputation as an outstanding motivational speaker for young people and businesses. He was honoured with the Founder’s Medal of The Royal Geographical Society in 1974, CBE in 1976 and a Knighthood in 1996.
We are very fortunate to receive support from many like-minded trusts, organisations and individuals.
We are enormously grateful to the trusts that showed from the beginning -and continue to show- belief in us: the Rank Foundation and the Souter Trust. Without their support, both in terms of grants and guidance, we would not be where we are today.
Our work in Malawi would not be possible if it was not for the large amount of support we receive from the Scottish Government. This funding and partnership has enabled us to design and deliver two highly innovative and influential programmes and reach thousands of young Malawians every year.
The McConnell International Foundation funding has been instrumental in enabling us to pilot test and design the enormously successful Pioneers For Change programme.
The Phillip Henman Trust has provided vital 5-year project funding for out vocational training in bicycle engineering, part of the Alternative To Custody programme.
In the UK, The Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund four-year grant awarded in late 2015 has been a significant milestone for us. This funding has enabled us to step up our our Rites of Passage programme and roll it out to a wider young audience in the UK.
We have also been helped by grants from the Clothworkers Fund, Swire Trust and Help The Homeless, as well as smaller trusts who have been able to directly fund young people from their local area to take part in Rites of Passage programme.
We are enormously grateful to all our supporters.
Our partners are crucial to all our work in the UK, Malawi and previous work in Nepal. It is by working collaboratively with partners that we are able to maximise our impact.
In the UK our main partnership relationship is with our delivery partners at Centerpoint and Foyer Federation (UK National Homeless Organisations). These partnerships are crucial as they identify and prepare aspirant participants for our UK Beyond Boundaries programme. The partnership also allows us to bring fresh thinking and new ways of working to achieve long-term sustainable impact and share our learning and advantaged thinking approach. We are also supported by non-delivery partners like the Youth Hostel Association who provide our staff and young participants discounted rates and opportunities to volunteer in return for free board.
In Malawi we work in partnership with the Scottish Criminal Justice Board, sharing ideas and acting as a link between the two countries. To deliver our work we work closely with Malawi prison service, judiciary, police, international & local NGO's and local communities.
In previous programmes in Nepal we worked alongside national and local government, mainly the Youth Ministry, international & local NGO's and local communities.
If you would like to partner with us, please get in touch.