Anne Edmondson, Chairwoman
A passionate educator, Anne has done 14 challenges, including Everest Base Camp in 2015 (when the earthquake occurred), where she saw first-hand the heart-breaking devastation caused to so many communities. When not in the classroom, stair climbing or beach hiking, Anne loves cooking, baking and feeding people – after all, she is Irish.
Brian Wilkie, Co-founder & Honorary Chairman
Serial entrepreneur, Brian started Gulf for Good in 2001 when he and his friends recruited 49 people to trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro to buy ambulances for use in Namibia. Brian is an adventurer, born in India and traveling since, Dubai became his home in 1976. Enviroserve, Universal Express, and Ductac are some of his companies.
James Berry, Co-founder & Legal Director
Born in East Africa, Barrister Jim runs his own practice in Dubai, where he has been living since 1989. A founder member of the Board, Jim has done several challenges in Tanzania and Morocco. In his spare time, Jim can be found working with Larchfield Children's Home, one of our main charities, of which he is the Founder.
Jay Daga, Finance Director
CFO Jay, is our Finance whiz, helping us keep all our figures in order and advising us on our budgets and costs. When he’s not working with numbers, he enjoys yoga and is a keen runner and cyclist. Jay has peddled his way across Laos and trekked in India.
Nabil Habbouche, Challenge Director
Nabil currently sits on the Board of Directors as Challenge Director as well as dedicating his weekends to running Gulf for Good's hiking programme in the UAE as Lead Hiking Guide. Nabil is also the Founder of Adventure Quest, a UAE based adventure company. He has done three Gulf for Good Challenges and has been involved with Gulf For Good since 2007.
His passion is spending time outdoors away from the rat race by sharing his passion for anything outdoors with others, including his two boys. He has a love for adventure travel, a yearning to learn about other cultures, in both knowledge and taste. When he's not spending time in the mountains, you can find him outdoors, near the water, teaching kids how to swim, or engrossed in the daily news.
Elaine Kelly, Charity Director
I love that Gulf for Good is helping people have an impact on the lives of children in need. Since my first challenge the fact that we get to meet the children who we support is a unique and life changing experience. I love working with such a diverse and committed team. Professionally, I was the CSR lead for Microsoft for 3 years and have a degree in International Development. I currently run my own wellness business in the UAE and Canada.
Caroline Leon, Events & Training Director
Caroline Leon is the co-founder of A life of Education and a Australian born health and fitness enthusiast who holds a BA. Med. Sc.and a Grad Dip. in International Health. An avid climber, hiker and all things related to the outdoors, Caroline completed her first Gulf for Good challenge in 2012 trekking Mt Kilimanjaro followed by the alternative Inca trail to Machu Picchu. On the eve of her third challenge in 2015 to cycle Uganda, Caroline fell over 7 metres from an outdoor rock-climbing wall in Dubai. After fourteen surgeries, twenty-three blood transfusions and two years of extensive rehabilitation Caroline regained her ability to walk. This year Caroline attempted a Guinness World record to summit all the Mountains in the Middle East in the fastest possible time a feat never attempted before.
Kat Kearsey, Corporate Partnerships Director
Kat began her Gulf for Good journey in 2007 with the phenomenal Everest Base Camp challenge. She was bitten by the challenge bug and has since ran a cross country Marathon in Ethiopia, raced Tuk-Tuks around Sri Lanka and summited Kilimanjaro. Originally from the UK, Kat moved to Dubai in 2005 “for 6 months”. Fifteen years, a husband and 2 kids later she’s still loving the desert and the opportunities it brings to see the rest of the world.
Daniel Andrews, PR & Communications Director
Daniel sits on the Board as the PR & Communications Director. His experience within the PR & Communications and Media industries spans in-house, media agency and editorial roles in Europe and the Middle East.
Daniel’s passion for helping those less fortunate stems from a very young age and has been involved in a number of fundraising initiatives for rural communities in South Africa and Zimbabwe, as well as being actively involved in improving conditions for young people in his local community in the UK. Since moving to the UAE in 2011, Daniel has supported a number of CSR initiatives in house and as a consultant.
As an adventure and cultural seeker, Daniel can be found hiking the UAE’s mountains with his dog during the winter and exploring the countries hidden gems all year round.
Lana Alrichan, Marketing Director
Passionate about combining strategy and marketing, Lana holds numerous advisory positions as a management consultant. Her resilient history in media has led her interest in Gulf for Good which combines her love for both kids and fitness. Lana believes that leaders should create change beyond the four walls of an organisation, building vigorous communities that fabricate real world impact. Travelling to over 55 countries, you are most likely to find Lana watching a sunset somewhere in the world.
Milly Larmer, Operations Manager
Milly loves just about any activity that will get her outdoors and pushing her limits. Having trekked across the Indian Himalayas, travelled the world, and taken on the role of Trek Leader for the Women’s Heritage Walk, a 125km hike across the UAE desert, Milly is super excited to channel her competitive spirit to help others around the world as part of the Gulf for Good team!
Tazmin Walker, Corporate Relations Manager
Walker by name and Walker by nature, Tazmin loves to get those hiking boots on! She and hubby recently trekked 192 miles (309 kms) across England with their 3 children (all budding ‘Walkers’!) Taz is passionate about travel including having 6 Gulf for Good challenges under her belt and aspires to travel to over 100 countries.
Emma Taylor, Marketing & Communications Manager
A total outdoor enthusiast, Emma has led a life of adventure since she was a teenager summiting Mt Meru at the age of 17 and going on to complete Mt Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, and the Annapurna Circuit well before the age of 30. With a background in business management, marketing and event management, working for Gulf for Good and assisting with the weekend hikes in the UAE is an absolute joy combining work with passion, whilst helping children in need.
Louise Holk, Corporate Partnerships Manager
Newest member of the Gulf for Good team but not unfamiliar with the importance of humanitarian aid. Louise comes with a background in corporate fundraising where she’s been involved in projects helping people all over the world. When Louise has the chance she travels. And when not travelling she’s sure to plan for the next one.
Jennifer Sault, Founder of Thrift for Good
Seriously addicted to mountains and fundraising for children's charities, Gulf for Good is Jen's favourite thing. She previously worked in the Operations Manager role and left it to start Thrift for Good, Gulf for Good's sister social enterprise reselling preloved items. Profits are then donated towards Gulf for Good charity projects. Check out thriftforgood.org.