Dirk has been a Trustee for many years, having gained considerable knowledge of the area during the time that he lived in the Diocese of Masasi.  Dirk has many contacts in Germany, Switzerland and the USA and his advice and expertise in the world of business plays an important part in the Trustees’’ decision making. Dirk is also the founder and a Trustee of theAfrican Sisters of St Mary (CMM) Support Group” and in this capacity he visits Tanzania at least once a year, often accompanied by health and other professionals who are able to offer invaluable advice and support.


Gill has been a Trustee since the original Friends of Masasi was set up in 1991. Her connection with Masasi and Newala is through Father Ronnie Cox, who, after many years with the UMCA in Masasi, became Vicar of Ermington, in Devon – where Gill still lives. She is responsible for overseeing the day to day administration and finances of the Trust, but no decisions are made without the full agreement of all the Trustees.

Gill also edits and produces Masasi & Newala News which has been published regularly since 2001. Sadly this newsletter is now becoming extremely expensive to print and distribute and it is hoped that in future more and more people will opt to access it online via the Friends’ website.


Shirley was invited to become a Trustee in 1992 shortly after Father Ronnie’’s death.  She has knowledge of the area, having worked in Lulindi and Mkomaindo Hospitals from January 1967 until  February 1969 as Sister and Matron and this knowledge has been of immense importance to the other Trustees in their decision-making.
Shirley and her husband, Alan, are still very much involved with African Palms, which buys literally millions of palm crosses from Tanzania each year and sells them throughout the world, thus providing invaluable support to the people of the area.

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Steve became a Trustee of the Friends shortly after retiring from a teaching career of nearly 40 years.  He was formerly Senior Deputy at Bishop Perowne Community College in Worcester and first became involved with Masasi and Newala through the British Council’s Global Partnership Scheme link that was established between Bishop Perowne Community College and a secondary school in Masasi.
When Steve retired he and his wife went on a holiday of a lifetime to Tanzania and Zanzibar and what they saw inspired him to try and help develop the education and lives of secondary-aged children in Tanzania .One of his particular interests is the Bishop Trevor Scholarship Scheme run by the Friends.


Jennifer was appointed a Trustee in May 2012. She teaches at St Barnabas Church of England Primary School in Worcester, which has an active partnership with Mnara Primary School, and having made a number of visits to Masasi, she has been able to establish important links with people in the area.
She has also taught herself to speak and write Swahili and is in regular contact, via Facebook and other social networking sites, with many people in Masasi and Newala Dioceses. This is very important for the Trustees and ensures that the Trust is kept up to date with what is happening in both Dioceses.


Jonathan was appointed a trustee in September 2014.
My work in Masasi has been since 1997 with schools and headteachers through the Education Dept. links with Hereford Diocese: teacher training and school partnerships: primary and secondary partnerships. Rooted in Jesus has given me opportunities to serve in the Diocese in 2009 when we trialled Rooted in Jesus Junior in two parishes. Rooted in Jesus conferences in 2010 and 2011 for adults, 2013, 2015 and 2016 for children and youth.

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Linda was appointed a Trustee in May 2012. She has visited Masasi several times and has an interest in HIV/Aids prevention, and helping those who are suffering with the disease. Linda is a Reader at Minchinhampton Church.




Steve became a Trustee of the Friends in May 2012. He has visited Masasi five times in the last 11 years and first met Bishop Patrick in May 1996 when he visited the Parish of Minchinhampton which has had links with Masasi since 1959. Steve has retired in 2014. He was ordained as a Non Stipendary Minister in the Church of England in June 2007. Steve has a particular interest in the Chapel at Rondo and HIV/Aids education delivered locally in the Diocese.

Steve can be contacted by email here: STEPHEN JARVIS


Phares was one of the first students at the Junior Seminary; after studying at the University of Kampala he returned to the Rondo to take up a teaching post and he is now the Head Teacher at the Junior Seminary.

Phares can be contacted by email here: PHARES LIHEWE


On 6th September 2009 Oscar Mnun’ga, from Dar es Salaam, was Inaugurated as the first Bishop of the newly created Diocese of Newala.

Oscar can be contacted by email here: OSCAR MNUNG’A


Sister Phoebe is the manager for St Anne’s Guest House at Mtandi, Masasi and the Diocesan shop.  She is a CMM sister.  Find out more about their work here http://www.africansisters.org.uk/africansisters.org.uk/Welcome.html


Sister Phoebe can be contacted by email here: SISTER PHOEBE CMM


Edmund is the manager in Masasi for Riders for Health and is also the Diocesan Mechanic and head Driver.


Edmund can be contacted by email here: EDMUND OMARI


Regina is the Chair person of the Mothers’ Union of Masasi Diocese


Regina can be contacted by email here: REGINA LINJE