Our Trustees

Alan Banes

Company secretary and legal advisor (UK)

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David Binns

David Binns

David Binns

Trustee (UK)

David Binns was educated at Magdalen College School Oxford and at The Architectural Association in London, where he qualified as an architect.

In 1969 he co-founded the architectural and acoustic practice, Sandy Brown Associates.

A fellow of The Institute of Acoustics and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects he has worked in over 30 countries, including Kenya, on projects including National Radio and Television Centres, Conference Centres and Concert Halls.

For over 12 years he has been an advisor to the Kijani Kenya Music Festival.

Rajan Chandaria -  Financial Consultant –Kenya

Rajan Chandaria

Rajan Chandaria

Financial Consultant (Kenya)

Rajan Chandaria is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from the University of Nairobi.  He trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PricewaterHouse Coopers in Nairobi.  He is a member in good standing of Institute of Chartered Accountant of Kenya and Chartered Institute of Arbitrators..

He acts as an adviser to many Charitable organizations and Benevolent Funds in Kenya. He has been providing Kijani Kenya Trust with Financial, Corporate and Tax advice since its inception in 2004.

He has a great zeal for working with Charities that promote Music, Education and Health amongst the people of Kenya.

Philip Coulson

Philip Coulson

Philip Coulson

Trustee (Kenya)

Philip Coulson is a Kenyan lawyer with a keen interest in supporting projects that help members of society in their pursuit of happiness and health. He is also involved in several conservation initiatives in Kenya.

In addition to being a trustee of the Kijani Trust, he is a director of the Performing & Visual Arts Centre Limited which operates as the renowned Godown Arts Centre. He is a trustee of the Sanata Charitable Trust, uplifting lives of disadvantaged children in and around Gilgil and a trustee of the much hailed SAFE Kenya.

On the conservation side he is chairman of Ol Pejeta Conservancy and Soysambu Conservancy and a council member of the East African Wildlife Society.

The Honourable Charles Njonjo

The Honourable Charles Njonjo

The Honourable Charles Njonjo

Trustee (Kenya)

Barrister and Kenya’s first and longest serving Attorney General.

Educated at Fort Hare University in South Africa, London School of Economics and Gray’s Inn.

Alongside his long professional and political career, he has been actively involved in a wide range of pro bono activities, serving as Chairman of Kenya Wildlife Services, Kenya Society for the Physically Disabled, Boards of Governors of Alliance High School and Kenya High School and Founder Patron of Kijani Kenya Trust.

Now retired he remains actively involved in Wildlife, Conservation, Music and Education. He is particularly committed to Kijani’s unique initiative.

He is married to Margaret, a Kenyan born daughter of Irish missionaries and educated at the Kenya High School, Queen’s University Belfast and the Sorbonne. Returned to Kenya as a teacher and later served in the Ministry of Education. Actively involved in  education, music and charity work in Nairobi but specifically passionate about Kijani Kenya’s unique initiative and represents her husband on the Kijani Kenya Trust.

Nicola Tiger

Nicola Tiger

Nicola Tiger

Trustee (UK)

Nicola Tiger is a graduate of the University of East Anglia where she read mathematics.

Following a brief spell in government service at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell she went on to forge a career in the travel and leisure business.

As a senior executive responsible for strategic planning and change management she was employed by a diverse range of companies both in the UK and the US.

She has been involved with Kijani for the past five years.

Ken Wakia

Ken Wakia

Ken Wakia

Trustee (Kenya)

Ken Wakia studied Choral Directing at the University of Miami in Florida, USA, as a Fulbright scholar. He is a familiar figure on the Kenyan and international music scene as an educator, singer and conductor.

Ken started his conducting career at Kenyatta University with Annetta Miller as his mentor. He has conducted many groups in Kenya, the US and Europe, including the Nairobi Music Society, the University of Miami Women’s Choral and the Europa Cantat Junior Choir. Ken has represented Kenya at the World Youth Choir touring East Asia and Europe. His career in Nairobi has included teaching music at Precious Blood High School, developing a music programme as Head of Music and Assistant Dean of Students at the African Nazarene University, and now promoting local and international culture and education as the Cultural Affairs Specialist for the US Embassy.

He uses his music for charitable causes volunteering his time with the Nairobi Chamber Chorus performing many concerts for charity. He conducted the  Kenyan Choir for the Queen´s Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle, performing with over 900 Commonwealth artists.

Lis Woods

Lis Woods

Lis Woods

Trustee (UK)

Educated at  Guilford High School and Chelsea College, London University. A teaching career followed in Britain and later in Kenya.

Life changed with the setting up of a tourism and publishing business, working with the West Country and Southern Tourist Boards and London Transport.

Married life saw a change to a new country, Spain and a business with property in the deep south of the peninsular.

Kenya retained its special place and the setting up of the Kijani Kenya Trust with old friends and colleagues.

Lis now lives between Kenya and Spain.

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