We are the Management Team. We work together and with others to ensure the successful running of GETA. Please feel free to say "hello" if you see us at an event or want to know more/get involved.
Meet the team
Fr Paul Bigirwa
I was ordained a priest in 2000 and spent 4 years living and working in Italy. I have been a 'supply' priest in England several times including at St Margaret of Scotland, Twickenham in Summer 2014 and St Monica's Palmers Green in 2015. The income and fundraising on these visits have made a significant contribution to the development of SARS (Sustainable Action for Rural Sector) and, more recently, St Theresa's Nursery and Primary School in Kibaale, Uganda.
Trustee and Chairman
My professional career has always been in the field of education, firstly as a Primary school teacher in Richmond upon Thames and then in various capacities with several education authorities in the Greater London area, before returning to Richmond LEA in 1998. Since retiring in 2014 I have found time for personal interests including local history research and writing, and fundraising for various charities. Following Fr Paul Bigirwa's visit to St Margaret's Parish in August 2014, the Parishioners decided to support the development of St Theresa's Nursery and Primary School in Kibaale Province, Uganda by founding this Charity.
I have been involved in some form of education from 1961 to 2014. After teaching for 5 years I became a Maths lecturer at St Mary`s College, now University, where my work was mainly in training teachers to teach Maths in Junior and Secondary schools. During that time I taught badminton at evening classes for over 20 years. I retired early from St Mary`s and coached tennis, in local clubs and schools as well as for Richmond Council until 2014. Fr Paul`s visit to the parish inspired me to want to contribute to his work in Uganda so I joined the GETA team to help maximize the effect of any money raised.
I trained to teach the middle school age range at Digby Stuart College in Roehampton. My first teaching appointment was at the Sacred Heart Junior School in Hammersmith, West London. Later, whilst in post at an independent school I was offered the headship of that school and remained there for many years, taking the school successfully through two inspections. I continue to teach and also do consultancy work for independent schools across the UK, as well as carrying out formal inspections. I am an Ambassador and Fundraiser for Cancer Research UK, specifically for research into children’s cancer.
Web Developer & Webmaster
I have been developing websites professionally since 2009, and earlier for my own projects. I have a First Class BSc (Hons) in Internet Computing with Mathematics and an MSc in Web Development. I spent a number of years working self employed on various websites after leaving University, followed by joining the development team at ITN. I developed the St Margaret's Church website which I have also been managing since 2008. Fr Paul was a ray of sunshine when I met him, he was very friendly and very easy to talk to. Glad he was able to meet my newly born daughter before he left to go back home.
Fundraising / Publicity / Social Media / Meeting Administrator
After meeting Fr Paul Birgirwa at the St Margaret’s parish in 2014, I felt compelled to provide what support I could to help with the ongoing development and education at the St Theresa Nursery & Primary School in Kibaale Province, Uganda. As a Marketing Events manager for an IT Software company. I am hoping to use this skillset to assist GETA with Fundraising/PR and Social Media support.
I have been involved in education all of my working life teaching in various institutions, both standard and non-standard, and teaching the whole school age range. Education, therefore, is very important to me as a vehicle for progress for both the community and the individual and for all children wherever they live in the world. For the greater part of my life my family and I have been active in parish communities.
Safeguarding / Health & Safety / Risk Assessment
I run the Mustard Seed prayer group along with my wife Sally.
Data Management Adviser
I've been a parishioner at St Margaret's for over 20 years and help out with confirmation and serve at mass.
Safeguarding / Health & Safety / Risk Assessment
I have worked in various areas of social work since the 1980’s, mainly part time whilst bringing up my children, who are now all adults. In my spare time I have been involved in working with children at church conferences and I am part of the Celebrate Twickenham Core Team. I run the Mustard Seed prayer group along with my husband Gavin.
My training in in Science and Human Resources, and I support pupils with learning needs in a local primary school with a speciality in speech and language interventions. I also act as Treasurer for Celebrate Twickenham and am a Baptismal Catechist at St Margaret's Church.