Who We Are

TradeRelief was founded in the UK in 2006 and consists of trustees, volunteers and partners. Details of the trustees are given below. More information on our partners can be found on our Partners page. If you are interested in becoming involved with TradeRelief please contact us via info@traderelief.org.

TradeRelief Trustees

Julius Famaks

Julius Famaks is a Chartered Accountant. He has worked in many senior roles within the NHS developing business cases and negotiating procurement of healthcare services from various external providers. He was also a member of ACCA’s public sector technical issues panel which focuses on accountability and transparency in public sector. He recently stepped down as the UK District Chairman of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and as well as acting as a TradeRelief trustee, he is currently working to raise funds for the refurbishment of two buildings in his alma mater in Ibadan, Nigeria.

Ben Hampson

Ben Hampson is a Strategy Manager in Diageo Plc, where he focuses on developing business in emerging markets. Prior to this role, Ben spent a year helping Palestinian businesses working as a Director in the largest business consultancy in the West Bank. He has also lived and worked in India and Russia. Ben has a Bachelors degree in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.

Jake Lomax

Jake Lomax is currently completing an MRes in International Development at the University of East Anglia, specialising in the microeconomics of conflict. From 2007 to 2009 he was based in the occupied Palestinian territory. His last job there was at Birzeit University, researching conflict and development for the UN and managing a project to introduce SMS-based job search services to students across the West Bank. In 2005 he spent six months working with community projects in Kenya, founding TradeRelief on his return to London. Jake also worked at Save the Children UK for 18 months after graduating from the University of St Andrews with a BSc in Management.

Richard Palmer

Richard Palmer graduated from the University of Warwick in Sociology and Gender Studies, but it was his first business at university that paved his future career. Now serial entrepreneur and digital marketeer, Richard has several businesses and is very used to working with small startups with insight into creative business strategies to help insure success. Richard currently spends most of his time in London as the Managing Director of Infozure, a digital marketing company with clients including Jimmy Choo Couture, Aviva Health, The Ritz, Hamleys of London, Debenhams and Teepol.

Gordon Ross

Gordon Ross is a 55 year old FCA, previously with Dell Computers as a Finance Director. Working in South Africa 2003-2004, he realised that there was more to life than the corporate “rat race”. Since retiring in 2005 he has been very actively involved in the charity sector including as Trustee of two charities in Reading and a payroll giving consortium. In addition he works with a small British development charity, linking UK schools with Kenyan ones. In this capacity he is a regular visitor to Western Kenya, where he also developed the governance structure for TradeRelief partner NGO the Upendo Foundation.

Caroline Tulloch

Caroline Tulloch is an Associate at Bridges Community Ventures, an investment fund that aims to achieve social or environmental goals as well as returns for investors. She previously worked with the Ernst & Young Commercial Advisory Services team, and undertook commercial due diligence for transactions, analysing historical and forecast company performance in light of the market environment and competitive landscape. She has a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

Ben Wynne-Simmons

Ben Wynne-Simmons is an Investment Director at Barclays Infrastructure Funds. He works with both the public and the private sectors to appraise, negotiate and develop social and economic infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, emergency services, roads and renewable energy projects. Prior to Barclays Infrastructure Funds, he worked in Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services team as well as the Jaipur Virasat Foundation, an Indian charity promoting and maintaining Jaipur’s heritage and culture, and in South Korea as an English teacher. Ben holds a Masters in Engineering Science from Oxford University and a CA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

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