Meet the team

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.

Mohammed Bin Kuwair, External Affairs Director

A sustainability promoter and environmentalist who works in the environment protection industry as international business and partnership development. An advocate for changing community behavior to keep Mother Earth clean and healthy for future generations. Mohammed Bin Kuwair, or MBK in short, is a strong believer of partnerships, there is no better way to solving challenges than the famous saying "two heads are better than one”, hence, his role is to support Gulf for Good to build stronger partnerships in the UAE.

Kat Kearsey, Strategy and Events 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 six months”. over 15 years later, with a husband and two kids 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 marketing and advertising 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 50 countries, you are most likely to find Lana watching a sunset somewhere in the world. 

Jennifer Sault, Charity Director

Founder of Thrift for Good and Charity Director of Gulf for Good. Seriously addicted to mountains and fundraising for children's charities are Jen's two favourite pastimes. 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

Milly Larmer, Charities and 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 125 km 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

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 three children (all budding ‘Walkers’!) Taz is passionate about travel including having six 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 Mount Meru at the age of 17 and going on to complete Mount 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.

Dawn Franklin, Corporate Partnerships Manager

Dawn moved from the UK to Dubai 11 years ago and spent 9 of those years as a Senior Financial Planner. Loving a challenge on every level Dawn then decided to set up under her own consultancy licence to broaden her opportunities and has now accepted her most recent challenge to join the Gulf for Good family as Corporate Partnerships Manager. An outdoor enthusiast who you would usually find on horseback Dawn has been taking part in Gulf for Goods local training and challenges including hiking the Ski Dubai slope and is ready and eager to book her first life changing international challenge.

Ambassadors

Elaine Kelly

Elaine is Canadian and has lived in Dubai since 1994.  A chance meeting with the co-founder in 2001, led to her signing up for Everest Base Camp in 2002.  Since then she has completed 12 challenges, one as a rep. She was the Charity director from 2018-2021 and regularly volunteers at Thrift for Good.  With a degree in international development she spent 15 years in corporate real estate and now runs her own wellness business including health retreats around the world.

Martin Hope

Motor racing expert Martin has spent much of his life in the Middle East. As well as running his own motor sports company in Dubai, Martin is also a keen mountain biker. Martin did his first challenge with Gulf for Good to Mongolia in 2014 and hasn’t looked back. Formally a Board member, recently a new dad and is still managing to find the time to be one of our Ambassadors and lend us his expertise.

Alanna Turpin

Alanna often finds it hard to accept the status quo, having been involved in humanitarian, environmental, and animal rescue work since arriving in Dubai in 2009. Being no stranger to adventures, she’s planned three Gulf for Good corporate challenges, trekked to Everest Base Camp, cycled across Asia, and undertaken five half Iron Mans, in the last five years alone.

Gerry Gabriel

Architect, photographer, explorer and Gulf for Good challenger, Gerry has been living in Dubai with his family for the past 11 years.  As the GM of a successful survey consultancy in the UAE, Gerry is passionate about working with charity organisations as well as exploring new countries and learning about their cultures.

Gerry did his first challenge with Gulf for Good to Tanzania where he summited Kilimanjaro in 2012 and has done a few since, including Bhutan in 2016 with Marco, his 16-year-old son.  Gerry is looking forward to his new challenge as a Gulf for Good Ambassador.

Nathalie Nassar

Nathalie, originally from France, has lived and worked in Dubai for the last 15 years. She is a Marketing and Communications Manager by profession and loves fitness in her spare time! You can usually find Nat on a Gulf for Good activity most weekends. When not working or working out Nat likes to play squash to relax.

Patrick van Ijzendoorn

Patrick, originally from Holland, has lived in Dubai for 25 years and runs his own interior design firm. He has two teenage daughters and you can find him in Showka or Hatta most Fridays with his mountain bike team 'MTB Fridays'. Given his passion for two wheels unsurprisingly Patrick completed two cycling challenges with Gulf for Good: “Revolutionary Road” and “The Road to Mandalay”. 

Yasmeen Bhat

Yas, originally from Kashmir, came to the UAE over 15 years ago, with a background in Marketing, PR, Comms and Media, eventually setting up her own Advertising Agency company YAS Media Group in 2010. Yas prides herself on customer service and always has a winning smile! When not busy running her business Yas enjoys nature and the outdoors, having climbed several mountains with many more still on her to do list. 

Martin Bond

Martin is an outdoors enthusiast and a self-confessed challenge freak. Originally from the UK, Martin has lived in the Middle East since 1998 and has been involved with Gulf for Good since participating in the very first Gulf for Good ascent of Kilimanjaro in 2001. Martin has completed and led six Gulf for Good challenges, and has spent several years on the charity's Board of Governors. Martin is an all-round sports enthusiast but devotes much of his time to endurance cycling and swimming activities, including numerous Ironman and long-distance triathlon events around the globe. Most recently, Martin has just completed an ‘indoor English Channel’ event, a continuous swim of 33 km in a pool in Dubai in aid of the Lebanese Red Cross. Martin is a devoted father to his five-year old daughter Amelia, who will soon be out-running, out-swimming and out-biking him!

Andy Jackson

Andy moved to Dubai from the UK with his family in 2002. As an Audio and Communications expert, he has worked on some of the largest events in the region & successfully run his own business for over 15 years. Having participated in 2 overseas challenges in Uganda & Vietnam/Cambodia, he manages to balance his hi tech and adventurous lifestyles perfectly. Andy is regularly spotted Mountain Biking and Hiking during the winter months with Gulf for Good.