Established Since 2002

The Gumboots Foundation is a registered UK charity and non-profit organisation in South Africa. Kidlinks World is our sister organisation in the USA. The mission of the Gumboots Foundation is to address poverty and AIDS related issues in South Africa by improving education, nutrition, empowerment and well-being.

Our Trustees

Angela Dyer

Angela was born and grew up in South Africa. She came to live in the United Kingdom in the early 1970’s where she trained as a teacher. Aside from short periods in Germany and London, she has spent most of her working life in the racially and culturally diverse inner-city areas of Birmingham.

Employed by a variety of charitable organisations and Birmingham City Council, her roles have included the management of an Afro-caribbean dance company, creative work with children and young people and the management of a range of City council youth, community and recreation services. The last 10 years of her employment were spent with Optima Housing Association, a social housing charity, managing a wide ranging social and economic regeneration programme.

Angela retired in 2012 she lives in Birmingham but has retained a keen interest and close ties with the country of her birth. She visits South Africa regularly both to see her family and the projects supported by the Gumboots Foundation. She has been a Gumboots trustee since 2008.

Margz Green

Margz was born and grew up in South Africa. She came to England in 1977 but has maintained close links with South Africa and its people and travels there at least annually where she always visits Gumboots projects.

She worked for many years for Housing Associations and Local Authorities and was also active in working to combat homelessness, find temporary accommodation for asylum seekers and in helping young vulnerable people and families. Prior to that she worked for a youth charity and at a nursery school.

Her daughter Caitlin died in 2009 and since then she has worked with Gumboots to establish, fund-raise and manage The Caitlin Fund. This project provides funding to help young women and girls achieve their educational goals in school and at University.

Margz is now retired and, prior to her appointment as a trustee, acted for many years as a volunteer for Gumboots.

Graham Allibone

Graham has been a Gumboots trustee since March 2011 and acts as Treasurer. He has visited and travelled quite widely around South Africa many times and sponsored a child’s education at the united Church School.

He retired at 72 after working in manufacturing and has experience as Purchasing Manager, Production Control Manager and Systems Implementer. He has been involved in helping to run the local sailing club as a trustee for 27 years and Commodore for 3 years and member of the Management Committee for 40 years and is currently Security Officer. He was a school governor of a local junior school for 8 years.

David Lightfoot

David has been a fund raising supporter since the formation of Gumboots UK. He grew up in Johannesburg but settled in London in the 70’s where he worked for many years as a self-employed furniture maker & joiner. He has been running a small London based design & build company for the past 25 years. He makes regular return visits to South Africa & is closely connected to people on the ground directly involved with the projects.

Mark Escolme

Mark has spent the past 25 years building international consumer branded businesses. Following a graduate programme at Spillers Foods Mark joined SC Johnson where over 15 years living and working in every continent he pioneered early growth in Russia, China and India, ran the US consumer business and was Managing Director for Africa, UK and ANZ.

Now back in the UK Mark was Youngs seafood CEO before building Gu puds over the last 4 years as CEO into the Europe’s No.1 premium chilled dessert brand with a presence in more than 11 markets. Mark also holds several Non Executive Director roles including a Graphite Capital portfolio business – Standard Brands and Deputy Chair of Frimley Health Foundation Trust.

Robert (Bobby) Marcuson

Bobby was born and grew up in South Africa. He came to live in the United Kingdom in the early 1970’s where he worked in the arts space, later moving into magazine publishing. Since 1990 he has worked as a freelancer, producing many art books, for some years on behalf of the Royal Academy and thereafter on behalf of private clients both in the UK and abroad.

Currently he is mostly involved in book and exhibition design, and latterly in large scale outdoor art installations. Aside from a short period living in Germany in the late 1970’s, he has lived and worked in London.

Bobby has visited South Africa many times over the years and he and his wife have been regular contributors to Gumboots UK.

He has recently been appointed as a Gumboots trustee.