Meet our wonderful team with ought whom, none of our work would be possible !

Ian Jenkins, Trustee and Chair

Ian is a chartered engineer with 37 years of experience in design management, product innovation and programme management of multimillion-pound solutions in the hi-tech telecom sector, both in the UK and globally. While working at BT Group plc, Ian would brief, inform and report at Director level.

Now retired, Ian has previous trustee experience with two other UK charities and is a licensed lay elder in the Church of England.

Chris Jackson, Trustee and Treasurer

Chris brings solid financial expertise having run businesses all his life, including software for healthcare and property renovation.

He lives in East Devon, is happily married and has 4 children including 3 girls. He visited the Beehive with his eldest daughter Chloe in 2019 and hopes to return soon.

Alan Hutt, Founder

Alan was a French Polisher and antique furniture restorer, running his own business for many years during which time he diverted into specialist interior painting and effects. Furthermore, he became a youth pastor, leading the youth group at his church along with Jane, for 4 years.

In 2013 they moved to Uganda and spent several months working with children, young people and the elderly, before moving to Kenya. With Jane, he founded The Beehive in October 2014, where they have provided a home for 60 girls and their children over the past 8 years.

Jane Hutt, Founder and Trustee

Jane worked as Behaviour Support Manager in a local High School in Suffolk for almost 12 years. During this time she also led the church youth group. Having moved to Uganda in 2013 with Alan, she supported children, young people and the elderly.

In 2013 Jane moved to Kenya with Alan, where they founded The Beehive in 2014. They live and work alongside the girls and their babies and children, and support them holistically. Jane and Alan have 2 daughters and a son, and 2 beautiful granddaughters

Bruce Laws, Trustee

Bruce Laws is a retired former Chartered Company Secretary.
His working life was spent in and around local government primarily working with District and Parish Councils – latterly specialising in Ethics and Probity.

He has many years’ experience with Christian Youth Work and until recently was a long standing Trustee of the local church charity.

Pam Jenkins, Trustee and Safeguarding Officer

Pam qualified as a social worker in South Africa, and was employed in child care in a multiracial setting. Also, she worked in the fields of child care and mental health in England.

She currently volunteers with a Good Neighbour Scheme in Suffolk, supporting elderly and vulnerable people to remain in their own homes. Pam is married to Ian and has 2 sons and 4 grandchildren.

Annette Tindal

Annette Tindal, Trustee

Annette has had a heart for Kenya since first volunteering there thirty years ago. She was greatly inspired by the work of Jane and Alan Hutt at the Beehive when she first visited with her family in 2017 and has made many return visits to work with the girls and staff.

Annette lives in East Devon and is married with three children. She works in her local primary school teaching music.

Dorothee Double, Trustee

As a teenager, Dorothee regularly looked after children in a children’s home, ran a church club for girls and was a Sunday school teacher.

In 1985 she moved from Germany to England as a teacher for languages at secondary level. She took early retirement in 2014, partly due to feeling called to volunteering in Africa following a school trip to Kenya. Now, she spends 6 weeks annually teaching English at a Theological College in one of the poorest parts of Tanzania.

Dorothee is a licensed lay elder. After hearing about the Beehive through her former church, it has become a charity very close to her heart. She lives in Suffolk and is married to John.

Toyin Ashaolu, Trustee

Toyin is an accomplished legal practitioner and experienced company secretary. In addition, she has over 10 years’ expertise in corporate governance, board administration and company secretarial services with extensive background knowledge of the law.

Also, Toyin mentors teenagers and young adults through partnerships with schools for moral guidance, mental health and career development.

She enjoys fashion design, journaling and creative writing.

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The Beehive Children’s Foundation (Africa)
Charitable limited company registered in England & Wales, No. 12273506

Charity No. 1189893
Registered Offices: 10 Queen Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1SS