Our Team


David Hope-Jones OBE

David Hope-Jones OBE

Chief Executive
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David joined the Scotland Malawi Partnership in 2008 and has since been heading up the office as the organisation has grown significantly.

He is responsible for the management of all aspects of the Partnership's work and is managed by the Board of Directors. Specifically, much of David's time is focused on the strategic development of the organisation, engagement with the respective governments, and external partnership working. He has long been interested in Malawi, having spent his earliest years in the region, and regularly returned since. Before starting with the Partnership, David managed the British Red Cross in the City of Edinburgh.

Although not originally from Scotland, David has lived in Edinburgh since 2001 and greatly enjoys all Scotland has to offer: he can usually be found of a weekend up a hill, on his bike, running or fishing. He was awarded an OBE in 2016, in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours List.


Jackie Farr

Jackie Farr

Media and Communications Officer
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Jackie is leading with media and communications for the Scotland Malawi Partnership and is responsible for increasing awareness and support for Scotland's links with Malawi.

Fresh out of studying for her Masters in Journalism at Strathclyde University, Jackie hopped on a plane to Malawi to intern with SMP Members, Mary's Meals. She spent nine months supporting the UK and Global Media and Communications teams and writing a blog for The Herald. Despite a personal battle with the monkeys on Zomba Plateau (!), she fell in love with the Warm Heart of Africa. She's a keen photographer and videographer and loves to travel.


Emily Mnyayi

Emily Mnyayi

Youth and Schools Officer
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Emily joined the Scotland Malawi Partnership in October 2014 and works to support existing school partnerships, encourage new partnerships with schools and youth groups, and increase the Partnership's engagement of young Scots.

Emily first visited Africa as an eight year old and told her parents that she would move to Africa one day! She worked as a Primary teacher in England and then her wish came true as she moved to Malawi to work as a teacher trainer with VSO for two years. After her VSO placement she worked directly with a Primary school in Lilongwe as Acting Primary Head Teacher. When she returned to the UK she decided to move to Edinburgh as her family live here, and she thinks it’s a great city! Emily doesn't have much spare time (as she has a very energetic 3 year old daughter!) but when she gets 5 minutes peace she enjoys reading, arts and crafts, dancing and teaching Chichewa for the SMP.


Kathryn Chipperfield

Kathryn Chipperfield

Member Services Officer
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Kathryn first joined the Scotland Malawi Partnership as Member Services Officer (maternity cover) and has since remained with the team on a permanent basis. She is responsible for engaging and supporting members, which includes organizing events and forums as well as responding to member queries.

Kathryn moved to Edinburgh in 2015, following a Masters course in International Rural Development at the Royal Agricultural University. Her studies focused on sustainable agricultural systems and global food security issues. Kathryn enjoys curling with a local club and all the fantastic walking and climbing on offer in Scotland.


Olu Sodipo

Olu Sodipo

Finance and Administration Officer
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Olu is a qualified accountant with over 10 years experience working in different sectors including finance and not for profits. Olu is responsible for most of the internal processes at the partnership including finance.

She's lived in Edinburgh for over two years and when not at work, her little son keeps her busy! In her spare time Olu enjoys travelling, reading and watching a good movie.