Our people

Board of Directors in Ireland


Sean O Sullivan


Sean O’Sullivan is an experienced Director and Board member with over 35 years of experience in business and enterprise. He is the Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office South Cork.


Linden Edgell 

Vice chair

Linden Edgell is a social specialist with more than 20 years experience and is Global Director of Sustainability and Head of the Corporate Foundation for an international consulting firm.


Anne Healy

Board member

Anne Healy is a Clinic Nurse Manager at Mercy University Hospital, Cork. She is qualified in emergency nursing and midwifery with previous development experience.


Andrew Bird

Board member

Andrew Bird is a dairy and tillage farmer. He has is well experienced in board management with involvement at board level in several farming and local community organisations.


Catherine Donohoe

Board member

Catherine Donohoe is a Nurse and currently the Hospital Manager of the Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar.


Eileen Moore

Board member

Eileen Moore is a senior IT professional with over 20 years of experience in financial services supporting all phases of business and IT strategy.


Roisin O Neill

Board member

Roisin O’Neill is a self-motivated professional with extensive experience working in digital and event management and a passion for community development.

Board of Directors in Kenya

Maria Kidney

Co-founder and Board Member

Maria Kidney is a Co-Founder of the organisation. She is a qualified accountant and a public health practitioner with more than 20 years business and development experience across multiple organisations.

Martin Ballantyne


Martin is the CEO of Brighter Communities Worldwide. Martin has held multiple roles in Brighter Communities Worldwide since 2002 including Board Member, Project Leader for Volunteer Groups, Trainer of Volunteer Groups and Executive Director.


Dr. Betty Langat


Dr. Langat is the District Medical Services Officer in Kipkelion District. She has worked in partnership with Brighter Communities Worldwide for many years, and brings her health and medical expertise to the Board of Directors.


Anna Mainek

Board member

Anna has volunteered with Brighter Communities Worldwide since its inception in 2002 and retired as Country Director in 2012. She is a very experienced Life Skills Trainer, and has a vast knowledge of community development, working with many community groups throughout the District.


Selinah J Kibogy

Board member

Selinah has 18 years experience of working in the Education, Development and Emergency response sectors. She has experience working in various Government Ministries, Civil society, Private sector, the Public Sector and Volunteering Organisations.


Jonah Tonui 

Board member

Jonah has vast financial and accounting experience and project management and community development skills. He has served on the board of Kapkondor Secondary School in Londiani and was chairman of Londiani District Hospital Committee during the construction of the Operating Theatre.


Andrew Macharia

Board member

Andrew is a retired Headmaster from Londiani with a wealth of educational and strong governance experience. He was worked at eight different schools in Kericho County and served on many school boards.


Annah Chelangat Soi

Board member

Annah served as the Nurse in Charge of Londiani Sub County Hospital for over 20 years. She is a registered nurse and midwife with 35 years experience across various health facilities in Kenya.


Dickson Sitienei 

Board member

Dickson is a founding member of the Nduro Water Project in Kunyak. He has been involved in many community projects and has served on several boards including chair of the Parent Teacher Association of Kunyak Secondary School.


Fidelis Mambo Nyamari 

Board member

Fidelis is trained in Environmental Management by the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute. He has vast experience in sustainable agriculture programmes and has led the development of the Franciscan Peace and Environment Centre in Molo.

Staff of Brighter Communities Worldwide Ireland office

Rose Hennessy

Operations Manager


Martin Ballantyne


Administration Team

Damaris Cheokemboi Ngelelei

Administration Manager

Kipkurui Thomas Bor

Programmes Manager

Jackline Mwende Ndeto

Accounts Clerk

Reuben Kimutai Koskei

Community Liaison Officer

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Team

Jackline Chepngeno

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator

David Mwangi Lelei

Data Entry Intern

Logistics Team


Everline Miruka

Logistics Coordinator

Benard Siele

Stores Assistant

John Sawe

John Lelei Sawe

Driver and REC Coordinator

Jane Kisoryo

Office Support

Simon Chepkwony

Security Supervision Officer/Receptionist

Benard Kipkoech Korir

Security Officer/Receptionist


David Kipchirchir Rop

Security Officer/Receptionist

Francis Kibet Ruto

Security Officer/Receptionist

Health Programme Team

Carolyne Chepngetich

Health Coordinator

Charity Chepkurui

Senior Field Officer, Health Programme

Beatrice Wambia

Senior Field Officer, Health Programme


Shadrack Kipngeno Cheruiyot

Senior Field Officer, Health Programme

Schools Education Team


Caroline Chelangat

Schools Education Coordinator

Community Health Education Team


Richard C Kirui

Community Health Education Coordinator

Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights Team

Sonia Cheruto

Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Coordinator responsible for Community Education

Judith Chelangat

Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Coordinator responsible for Schools and Youth

Maragret Chumo

Field Officer Supproting SRHR and REC


Veronica Chelangat Chuma

Field Officer Supproting SRHR and REC

Economic Empowerment Team


Salim Kiprotich Koskei

Economic Empowerment Coordinator

BobCollins Kipngeno

Field Officer Economic Empowerment

Construction Team

Julius Kipkoech Korir

Construction Supervisor


Alvis Kipngeno

Construction Field Officer

Ndubusat Medical Clinic Staff


Hellen Akinyiis

Nurse In Charge, Ndubusat Medical Clinic

Victory Chepkemoi

Nurse Intern, Ndubusat Medical Clinic


Betty Chepkoech

Support Staff/Receptionist


Kenneth Kibet Tuum

Support Staff/Receptionist


Linner Cherono

Support Staff/Receptionist


Paul Koskey

Clinic Support


Samwel Rugutt 

Support Staff/Receptionist

Sustainable Tourism Campsite Team


Alfred Kipkorir Rotich

Security Officer/Receptionist


Festo Bett

Security Officer/Receptionist


Irine Chepkoech Bett

Security Officer/Receptionist

Reuben K Langat 

Security Officer/Receptionist