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Our Senior Management team

Our Chief Executive and three directors together make up our Senior Management Team. They are responsible for day-to-day decision making and for leading our three departments: Operations, Finance & Resources and Fundraising & Communications.

Headshot of Tom Skirrow, Tree Aid Chief Executive, stood in front of trees

Tom Skirrow, Chief Executive

Tom Skirrow was appointed as Chief Executive in July 2020 after more than four years as Director of Operations at Tree Aid. During his time at Tree Aid, Tom has led the team to deliver significant growth across its operations, securing large-scale investment for projects, overseeing the development of new and pioneering monitoring and evaluation systems and supporting the development and delivery of the organisation’s ambitious five-year strategy. He brings over 14 years of experience in program and operational roles working on projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Before starting with Tree Aid he worked as Country Director for Save the Children in Vanuatu.

Georges Bazongo, Director of Operations

Georges Bazongo started as the Director of Operations in July 2020 having previously been Tree Aid’s Director of West Africa Operations. Georges has more than two decades of experience in national and international organisations like FAO/Ministry of Environment Project, ORGANIC and Self Help Africa. His areas of expertise are sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, agroforestry, land tenure management, crop value chain development and smallholder’s organisational development.

Melanie Knight, Director of Fundraising & Communications

Melanie Knight joined Tree Aid as Director of Fundraising and Communications in October 2019. Melanie has 14 years' senior management and leadership experience in both the charitable and private sectors, specialising in income generation, fundraising, marketing, and communications. Melanie moved to the charitable sector in 2011 and has worked for the Churches Conservation Trust, the Soil Association, and Deki.

Ben Sheahan, Director of Finance & Resources

Ben Sheahan joined the management team at Tree Aid as Director of Finance and Resources in June 2017. Having qualified at Deloitte, he has over 25 years of experience in commercial and international development finance. He has worked in the Gambia, Tanzania and in the UK, most recently as Finance Director of Restless Development. He is experienced in leading international finance teams to deliver transparency and value for money.