Claire Gott

Claire Gott MBE CEng MICEChair & Co-founder
Claire co-founded Cameroon Catalyst in 2009 with a passion for creating lasting positive change by applying her globally transferable skills gained whilst at University. Now as a chartered Civil Engineer, Claire chairs the board of trustees and is responsible for the Cameroon Catalyst 5 year development plan

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Patrick Mballa MScTrustee
A native Cameroonian, Patrick has experienced first-hand the challenges facing rural communities in Cameroon. Moving to England in 2009, he has strived to help those less fortunate in Cameroon, and helped found Cameroon Catalyst in 2009. His local contacts and knowledge have been crucial for developing our work and helping ensure that our projects are designed for the local communities.

He has been a Member of the Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB) since 2006 and MSc in Commercial Management in 2015. He has worked as a Commercial Manager for LST Projects for the past 8 years where he heads the estimating and procurement department. His experiences in construction projects bidding and implementation has been an asset to the organisation.

Mikey Profile

Mikey Harper MEngTrustee
Mikey has been passionate about sustainability since he was a teenager. Whether helping set up a recycling scheme at his secondary school, or nagging his parents to install better lightbulbs at home, he has always wanted to help make real change. This led him to join Cameroon Catalyst in 2012 with the Solar Electrification project, and since then he has helped lead the Southampton student team in the Water & Sanitation project.

In 2014, he gained a Masters degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on sustainable engineering design. He is continuing his studies at the University of Southampton where he is now studying for a PhD in renewable energy.

Charlie Steer

Charlie Steer MEngTrustee & Treasurer
Charlie has worked as a volunteer for Cameroon Catalyst since September 2012, and was elected the Southampton student team President in 2013/14. As President, he oversaw the student team’s fundraising activities, and took part in educational activities at a local primary school, supermarket bag packs and a 75-mile sponsored walk. Charlie also travelled to Bambouti, East Cameroon with a group of students to help demonstrate improved building techniques as part of the Nurse’s Home project. After finishing his term as President and degree, Charlie stayed on with the charity, taking on his current role of Treasurer in December 2014.

While at Southampton, he studied Civil Engineering, achieving a MEng. He now works as a Data Analyst in Reading for a consultancy working with Fire and Ambulance services. In his free time he sings in a choir and enjoys strategy board games.