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Meet the Team


On the Ground

Lindsay Cessford


Chief Executive Officer

Lindsay comes from an Events and Marketing background and after being made redundant in 2017 found her home in the world of NGOs where she has been ever since. Overseeing various projects in South Africa and Nepal.

She has extensive experience in a wide range of consumer

facing roles as well as managing a number of large builds, including being the first solo female and first international to be chosen to design and build the main art piece for AfrikaBurn in 2019. Project managing the build from design to construction. Lindsay is confident, tenacious and has a large amount of experience working on big projects delivering them on time and within budget.

A great people person who is not afraid of hard work and working in challenging communities.


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Centre Manager

Malany is the heart of our youth centre, blending her natural affinity for children with a wealth of experience in community outreach. Her infectious enthusiasm and genuine connection with the youth make her a beloved figure, fostering an environment where children thrive and feel valued.

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The Board

Kyle Hutchinson



Kyle is passionate about systems change and social impact through inclusive, innovative and sustainable solutions.

He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the project, having worked with donors, governments and NGOs in the international development and global public health sectors.

He is a former healthcare professional with a strong background in sport, having studied a B.Sc degree in Sports Science and an Honors degree in Biokinetics.

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Director / Community Leader

Hilton Luddick is an Inspector with local government law enforcement and a highly respected member of the community. A strong Community Leader and one of the founders of Lavender Hill Football Club, (LHFC).

A passionate Manchester United fan, he is actively involved with the youth of Lavender Hill and can be found most evenings between 5pm - 7pm on Blode Street working with the coaches and the kids during football training. He assists in as many projects as he can and has actively been involved with Rise Above since the start.

Hilton Luddick

Hilton brings a wealth of knowledge, not only about the community where he lives, but also about the needs of the kids in this beautiful community and he is passionate about creating a better brighter future for the youth in Lavender Hill.

Adele Campbell

Community Director

Adele Campbell our newest member to the board has deep roots in the Lavender Hill community, where she has resided since 1970. With a wealth of administrative experience and a commitment to community activism, Adele is a respected figure known for her involvement in various local initiatives. From serving as the Chairperson of the Wicht Court Association to representing tenants on the Ward Forum, Adele demonstrates exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills. programmes.

Michael Wright


Finance Director

After completing his articles , Michael opened his own successful accounting practice. An entrepreneurial accountant having owned numerous businesses in the past , from a gym to a franchised Renault workshop. He has also worked with and helped set up various NPOs and has been involved in fundraising and administration. Michael's role is to help RAD navigate through the minefield that is South African NPC and NPO law and ensure that all of our accounting processes and governance is in place. He will also assist with valuable fundraising efforts and the implementation of RADs sustainability plan.

Heart & Hands
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