ZANE Trustees

  • Chairman of Trustees: John Broadley CMG

    A diplomat for 35 years, serving in Washington DC, La Paz Bolivia, Geneva at the UN, Jordan, Gibraltar and as Ambassador to the Holy See. Since then involved in prisons, governing schools, Christian Satellite TV in Arabic and Farsi, peacemaking in the Sudan and the local church. Married to Jane with three children and four grandchildren.
  • His Honour Judge Christopher Compston

    Christopher Compston, after a law degree from Magdalen, Oxford, was a barrister for twenty years before becoming a circuit judge in 1986. He retired in January 2013 after twenty-seven years, mainly in the criminal and family courts with some civil and mental health work.
  • Professor Richard Ekins

    Dr Richard Ekins is a Tutorial Fellow in Law at St John's College, Oxford. He received his BA, LLB (Hons) and BA (Hons) degrees from The University of Auckland, before going on to read for the BCL, MPhil and DPhil at Oxford. He has worked as a Judge's Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand at Auckland, and a Lecturer at Balliol College, and was a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Auckland before moving (back) to Oxford in 2012.
  • Nicky Gayner

    Nicky Gayner trained as a Montessori teacher and worked in the education field for 15 years. As a full time mother, she ran the parents' associations of two school's and is also a Governor of a prep school in London. Nicky is an International cabaret singer. She has performed her one woman show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and also in London, New York and a tour of Norway. In 2015 she performed in Bulawayo and the British Embassy residence in Harare, Zimbabwe. Nicky became involved with ZANE in 2006 and brings a valuable talent for fundraising and organisation to the ZANE team.
  • Mark Harris

    Mark is an independent consultant specialising in strategic and business planning. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Quaker Chemical Corporation and has over 30 years experience in international sales and marketing. Educated at Oxford University, he is now active in the voluntary sector and sits on the board of several charities. He undertook a very helpful strategic and operational assessment of ZANE in November 2013, after which he was asked to become a trustee.
  • Georgie Knaggs

    Georgie Knaggs is a freelance writer originally from Zimbabwe and now living in the UK. In the past she has worked for the governing bodies of a wide range of schools across Surrey. She is married with three sons.
  • Judith Mellor OBE

    Educated at Exeter University Career 1973 -75 The British Council 1975 - 87 The Lord Chancellor's Department Voluntary Positions 1993 - 2015 Board member of several theatres 2011 - 17 Council Member The Theatres Trust (a statutory body, appointed by the Secretary of State) 2008 - current Board member Clarity (a supported business, providing employment for people with disabilities) 1997 - current Member of Governing Body of Linden Lodge School (a maintained school for children from 3 till 19 years of age with complex needs, including residential care) 2017 Chair of The London Arts in Health Fund. 2008 Awarded an OBE in the Queens Birthday Honours List.
  • Nicky Passaportis MBE

    Nicky grew up in Zimbabwe where she taught for most of her professional life before heading up the work of ZANE in Zimbabwe for eleven years. In 2015 she moved with her husband, Tony, to Melbourne. Her work with the elderly was recognised in the Queen's New Year Honours List in 2015 when she received an MBE. Nicky is CEO of ZANE Australia.
  • Major General Angus Ramsay CBE DSO*

    Angus Ramsay enlisted in the Black Watch in 1964, and was with the British Army for 37 years. Subsequently he served as an international civil servant with the UN in war-torn Bosnia, Kosovo and Sudan, and then in 2003 became the Secretary to the Beit Trust, and for 14 years helped it to develop Zimbabwe and its neighbours. In 2004 he also became the Zimbabwe Council Member of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Servicemen's League, which is a strong supporter of ZANE. In 2019 he joined ZANE as a Trustee.

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ZANE - Zimbabwe a National Emergency
Registered Charity No: 1112949

company number 05604011
Registered address:
2 Church Street, Bladon, Oxon OX20 1RS


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