About Us

About Wilmslow Wells for Africa

We are a volunteer run direct action charity working to provide water to African communities.

We operate in collaboration with trusted & experienced partner organisations both here at home and in Africa. In spite of our name recent projects frequently use water harvesting and storage as an alternative way to deliver safe, clean water to communities.

The charity was started by Brenda Mottershead after she had seen at first hand the desperate problems in an African village. You can read more in the ‘How We Started’ pages.

Our President and Trustees

As well as enthusiasm and commitment we are fortunate in having significant experience and professional capability in our organisation, ensuring that the money we raise is used carefully and effectively.

Jenny Gibbs – Chair

On retiring from being a Science teacher in 2009, Jenny, with her husband, moved to Wilmslow. Her interest in the work of the charity arose partly from her visits to South Africa to visit family. She joined the General Committee as Secretary in 2012.

Helen Battilana - Trustee

Helen worked as a Teaching Assistant in a Special School. She was the charity's Secretary for 11 years before becoming Chairman in 2010. Helen gained a practical insight into the charity’s work, during a holiday in Uganda, where she viewed some WWA funded water tanks near Jinja and joined the committee soon after.Together with Joyce McClure, she had the honour of representing WWA at the official opening of The Brenda Mottershead Well in The Gambia in 2001. At November’s AGM, 2015, Helen stepped down from being Chairman but will continue to be very active at the events and will remain as a Trustee.  

Roger Goddard - Treasurer

A qualified accountant, Roger has worked for major accountancy practices in the UK and USA. Currently the Financial Director of a locally based international business, Roger ensures that our finances are effectively managed.

David Tonks - Technical Consultant

David is a chartered civil engineer, water and environmental specialist and geologist. With Voluntary Service Overseas in Turks & Caicos Islands he gained experience working on water projects for small villages and was involved in running a small water utility.

      In ‘How We Evaluate Projects’ David explains how we scrutinise and assess project requests.

Joanna Southgate – former President

We lost the services of Joanna Southgate when she moved to Devon for family reasons. Formerly the charity’s Chairman for 11 years, Joanna continued to serve on the Trustee Committee as our President for a further 7 years. Her care and concern for others extended to all that she met. Her knowledge and wise counsel are sadly missed.

(Marion Jones - Trustee)

We were sad to report the death of Marion - a tribute to her is here

Our Privacy Policy

Why do we have a Data Policy?
Even though the information that we hold is only basic we take your privacy seriously. We have to comply with the law by telling you the following information.

What data does Wilmslow Wells for Africa hold?
We keep only the information which you have given us voluntarily. In most cases this is your name, address and phone/email details.

Who has access to the information?
Only the Trustees or members of the General Committee or members of the Gardens Day Committee, where appropriate,  have access to your details. We never pass on this information to anyone else and it will kept until you ask us to remove it.

What do we need the information for?
To keep you informed about WWfA events and projects that we fund; to allow you to sign up for events or you have offered to help with an event e.g. Gardens Day or Souperday.

How is the information stored?
Our computer data base is password protected and the paper consent forms are kept under lock and key.

How do I withdraw consent?
If consent has been given online then you can simply go online and withdraw it; otherwise you may contact a Trustee or in the case of gardeners a member of the Gardens Day Committee to withdraw consent.