The Trustees

Steve Arbery – Chair

Steve became a trustee in 2011 after retiring from a teaching career.   The school in which he taught had a link with Rondo Junior Seminary in the Masasi diocese.
He became interested in the people of Masasi after reading about Trevor Huddleston CR, one of his heroes. Steve visited Masasi in 2019 with a special intention to meet the children in the unit for blind and partially sighted children at Masasi Primary School, adjacent to the Cathedral in Masasi town.

Rev. Stephen Jarvis – Treasurer

Stephen has been a trustee since 2001. He has retired as a priest but still plays an active role in Minchinhampton and Nailsworth parish in Gloucestershire which has a legacy of Tanzanian links with John Cornwall. Stephen has had a background in banking.

Linda Jarvis – Trustee

Linda Jarvis has served as a Trustee for many years and is a Lay Reader at Minchinhampton Parish Church. She has visited Masasi and Newala several times and has been involved in helping with education programmes for HIV Aids and with the Blind and Partially sighted unit at Masasi Primary School.

Jennifer Oakley – Secretary

Jennifer is a primary school teacher in Worcester and became a trustee after establishing a school link with a school near Rondo. She has been learning Kiswahili ever since and has visited Masasi and Newala dioceses several times. She is especially interested in education and the power of technology to assist in this.

Prof Mark Cornwall – Trustee

Mark Cornwall is a history professor and has links with Tanzania through his father who was a priest in Masasi. Mark has visited Tanzania and seen many of the places that were part of his family’s life. Mark is especially developing our links with Newala diocese.

Shirley Talbot – Trustee

Shirley is a retired nurse who worked at Mkomaindo Hopsital in Masais and also is the wife of the late Fr Allan Talbot, a Masasi priest for many years. She has been a trustee since the beginning of the Friends of Masasi and is in touch with many Masasi people through the work of African Palms which are made in Masasi villages and transported for churches to distribute on Palm Sunday.