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
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.
Laura Cannon (McFadzean) BEng PhD Trustee
Laura joined Cameroon Catalyst in 2015 while studying Civil Engineering at the University of Southampton. In 2016, she travelled to Cameroon and played a part in selecting the first three sites for our well projects. Shortly after she was elected chapter president, a role in which she remained for two years (2016-18). During that time she helped lead the Southampton team in fundraising and designing for four wells. Through her love for the charity and its cause, after handing over her presidency she continued to volunteer at a senior level as Chair and a Trustee. Laura has recently completed a doctorate in Engineering at Southampton and now works as an Engineering Analyst near Reading.
Tom Edwards BEngTrustee
Tom is an engineering consultant at professional services firm WSP, and joined the board of trustees after graduating from the University of Southampton over the summer of 2020. Tom was involved with the Southampton Student Chapter for the duration of his master’s degree in civil engineering and travelled out to Cameroon in 2016 to help select the first well locations for the charity’s current Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project. Tom holds responsibility for the charity’s focus on student engagement, and oversees the marketing team.
Andy Hopkins BA MSW PGCE QTSTrustee & Secretary
Andy joined the charity as Senior Committee Secretary in 2019, before adding the roles of Treasurer and Trustee in 2020. He has a professional background in education, youth and social work and currently works as a foster parent. Andy has experience of strategic leadership and financial oversight with a wide range of charitable organisations, and has managed and supported volunteers throughout his professional career. Andy holds responsibility for the overall financial management, controls and oversight of the charity, leads on producing the annual accounts, and provides regular supervision to the student Chapter Treasurer’s to support and develop them in their role.