MicroLoan’s dedicated Trustee Boards, in the UK and Africa, help to steer the charity to ensure that we achieve both our social and financial goals. They also strive to identify and mitigate risk. The UK Board consists of a mix of leading corporate players and skilled people with experience in Africa, banking, microfinance and social development. Moreover, in Africa our Trustees include experienced individuals from each country of operation that includes two farming experts, a UNDP environmental analyst, senior African economists and an executive director of the public affairs committee in Malawi.
Alan Penson – Chairman
Alan Penson founded his own strategic business and financial consultancy, Penson Associates, in Jan 1996. This business has concentrated primarily on board-level financial management support for small to medium-sized businesses and especially owner-managed service companies coping with change. He has had some roles as non-executive director. Particular projects: corporate strategy; operational finance management; management information reviews and cashflow forecasting.
Following 24 straight years in Investment banking in the City of London, the last 17 of which at Deutsche Bank as a Managing Director, in 2015 Danny changed course to focus more of his time on his family, and professionally to commit his energy in support of his portfolio of 3rd sector interests and roles. They include giving, advising, mentoring, angel investing and non-executive responsibility, the latter most notably as trustee and treasurer and chair of audit / risk committee at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Dina Shiloh is a solicitor at Gallant Maxwell specialising in media law and commercial litigation. She advises companies and individuals on a wide range of disputes and on defamation, breach of privacy, harassment, and data protection.Before training as a lawyer Dina worked as a print and radio journalist, and as a television news producer for various networks including the BBC.
Caroline Beck – Company Secretary
Caroline Beck is a chartered accountant with more than twenty years’ experience in the financial services sector, both in industry and professional services. She advises organisations on the impact of UK financial services regulation and leads projects driven by regulatory change. She is a Director of BDO’s Financial Services Advisory Practice and previously worked at Barclays Wealth, Santander UK and PricewaterhouseCoopers.Caroline’s first visit to Malawi was in 2011 as a volunteer when she saw at first hand the difference that MicroLoan Foundation can make. She has been a trustee since 2012.
Sally Burton-Graham has over ten years fundraising experience. Working with small development charities such as OneWorld and national institutions such as Cancer Research UK. Sally’s expertise spans all aspects of fundraising. Sally has devised and launched large fundraising campaigns such as the Curiosity Project at Royal Holloway, University of London and has recruited many development boards to do good deeds. An expert partnership broker and team builder, Sally establishes lasting relationships. Her focus at MicroLoan Foundation is to drive the Start Something campaign in 2015 and build foundations for growth.
Robert has 30 years private equity experience. He was a founding partner of Phildrew Ventures and involved with Bridgepoint Capital for ten years as a director of many of their portfolio companies. Robert has transitioned into a role in the development World where is currently the Investment Director for Gatsby’s work in East Africa. He has been responsible for the Gatsby relationship with two MFI businesses
Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE
Lesley-Anne was appointed CEO at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) in January 2004 and retired from this position in 2016. She has always worked in the Public and Voluntary sectors and before joining RNIB was Director of Operations for the Peabody Trust. Whilst at RNIB Lesley-Anne was instrumental in rationalising and modernising the sight loss sector with innovations such as developing the RNIB Group of charities and the UK Vision Strategy.
Lesley-Anne Chairs Red Door Ventures Ltd and is a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust and Circle Housing Association. Lesley-Anne was awarded a CBE in The Queen’s 2012 Birthday Honours list and was recognised by her peers as Britain’s Most Admired Charity Chief Executive 2015.
Caroline Ryan has a background in PR and publishing, and now works as a psychotherapist.
Bob Geldof KBE
“Microloan is such an obvious and important concept it beggars belief it was not conceived of earlier. It has also proved an outstanding success. I urge you to support the MicroLoan Foundation and help Africa on its way to independent pluralist prosperity.”
“The MicroLoan Foundation has got it right on a number of counts… the money goes directly to those who most desperately need it, without passing through government and other agencies on the way.”
The Rt Rev Michael Colclough
“The MicroLoan Foundation connects donors with the reality of world development. These are real people and specific projects which, however small, make a tremendous difference to the lives of many.”
How it Works
We provide loans and ongoing business training to female entrepreneurs. When they're able, they pay back the loan. We use this money to make more loans, to more women.