Meet Our Team
Our International Management team is committed to continuing Link's legacy throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Please find out more about our team below.
Fiona joined Link Community Development in February 2014 as Finance Director and is now CEO responsible for the strategic management and operations of the group of charities, supported by a Senior Management Team based both in our Edinburgh Office and Internationally.
Fiona is a chartered accountant with international experience of working in the public, private, and third sectors. Fiona is passionate about improving the life chances of vulnerable children and young people everywhere. In her spare time Fiona enjoys reading, singing and hiking with friends.
"It is an honour to have the opportunity to work with such dedicated and talented people across the Link Community Development family. Link has demonstrated the effectiveness of working with communities and government in sub-Saharan Africa to improve the quality of education and I am delighted to be leading Link as it begins a new chapter."
Dr Samantha Ross
International Programme Director
Samantha originally joined Link Community Development in 2011 as Scotland's Programme Director. She's now expanding her role as our International Programme Director, responsible for strategy, implementation, and reporting on our international programmes.
Samantha has 15 years’ experience in the international development sector working with organisations such as Save the Children in Sierra Leone, and the World Food Programme and Haki Elimu in Tanzania. Samantha has a PhD in International Development from the University of East Anglia and has taught for ten years in Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan and Japan. She fell in love with Africa whilst driving trucks full of tourists from Nairobi to Cape Town and has lived in Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa. Samantha is passionate about equality and giving children the opportunity to change. In her spare time she enjoys yoga, cycling and playing with her daughter.
"Link Community Development's work is truly sustainable and it is a privilege to be part of a team that can transform the lives of thousands of children by supporting the provision of better quality education through real collaboration with governments and communities."
International Programme Manager
Kate Sykes started working for Link in 2009 and moved to Malawi as International Programme Officer and then Acting Programme Director in 2013. She is now International Programme Manager based in Edinburgh with responsibility for supporting programme development and management in sub-Saharan Africa and facilitating monitoring, evaluation and learning across the group.
Kate has an MA in History and Politics and an MSc in Development Management. Before joining Link she worked for a grassroots human rights organisation in Cameroon.
“I work for Link because I believe our approach to improving education quality is effective and sustainable. We build the capacity of government to make realistic improvements and we support communities to demand their right quality to education. This makes lasting change a reality.”
Caroline joined the Link team in September 2016 and is responsible for growing funding to support the core organisation and priority projects in Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana and Malawi, in addition to managing the stewardship and retention of existing donors. Hailing from the Isle of Mull on the west coast of Scotland, Caroline has specialised in major donor fundraising in the NGO sector for over 8 years, with a focus on trusts and foundations. She’s helped to build major income for charities such as WWF-UK, RSPB and The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and has successfully funded complex projects such as the capital build of a new education centre in Edinburgh as well as international sustainability, community and education projects.
Caroline is passionate about the positive change that can be achieved for people and planet through international development, and enjoys travelling and exploring new places in the sun and the snow through trail running and racing, hiking and mountaineering.
“Link is a truly fantastic and nimble charity which is addressing real and urgent needs on the ground in Africa, and achieving tangible impacts for young people and communities. I’m excited to be on board and help them grow their funding so they can deliver even more.”
International Programme Finance Manager
Susan joined the Link International team in March 2017 and oversees all programme finance in the UK and Africa. Susan was born and brought up in Gauteng, South African and has been resident in the UK for 30 years. She brings to Link a wealth of practical and hands-on financial experience gained across public, private and charity sectors, and prior to working for Link she was a financial accountant with NHS Education for Scotland. Susan loves to travel and has a strong connection to Southern African countries, where most of her friends and family reside. She is passionate about playing a role in improving the lives of Africans through her work and discovering different cultures further north on the continent. Outside of work, Susan enjoys music, dancing and going to the cinema.
Knowledge and Impact Manager
Chris joined Link as Knowledge and Impact Manager in 2018 to work closely with teams across the Link family to strengthen monitoring, evaluation, and learning processes and practices.
Having studied International Relations and International Development, Chris has worked for several education focused INGOs conducting project level monitoring, impact assessments, and facilitating training sessions. He particularly enjoys working closely with staff to build their knowledge and skills in M&E.
Technical Advisor - STAGES project
Sandra joined Link in February 2018 as interim Programme Director for our STAGES programme in Ethiopia after 8 months became the STAGES Technical Advisor.
Sandra has 15 years of experience in the international education and development sector, managing education programmes for Save the Children in South Sudan and Sierra Leone, providing technical assistance as a Consultant in Ethiopia and Malawi, and latterly over 6 years to the DFID-funded Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria focusing on community engagement, voice and accountability. Prior to that she taught in Edinburgh for 12 years before deciding to volunteer with VSO Nepal, where she volunteered for 3 years as a teacher trainer. Visiting schools to support teachers in the remote hill areas of eastern Nepal was a great training ground for all that was to come, and a fabulous way of keeping fit! Sandra is passionate about and interested in improving education to include all children, and in her Master’s Degree focused on development studies, gender, inclusion and education. Walking the Scottish hills, a love of photography and all things nature are life-long themes which help to maintain and restore balance in a travel-often lifestyle.
“It’s a privilege to join an education-focused INGO and great team which focuses not only on supporting all children regardless of background to benefit from quality education, but which does so with sustainability at the heart of programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation”.
Dr Fritz Kadyoma
Malawi Programme Director
Dr Fritz Kadyoma joined Link as Malawi Programme Director in April 2015. He brings with him a wealth of expertise from over 20 years with the Malawi Institute of Education, where he was responsible for curriculum design and teacher development, and as a literacy specialist in the NGO sector. Fritz has authored several books for the national curricula at primary and secondary school levels, and trained hundreds of education professionals on many subjects including gender and education, human rights, Life Skills Education and school management.
Fritz has a Doctorate of Education from the University of Massachusetts and an MPhil in School Reform and Teacher Professional Development from Cambridge. He gained a BA in Education from the University of Malawi and spent a number of years teaching in secondary schools.
Fritz is looking forward to "working in an institution that can directly support Government of Malawi's strategy and policy on education through innovative strategies and practices that influence change at the grassroots level."
Dr Kennedy Quaigrain
Ghana Executive Director
Dr Kennedy Quaigrain is the Ghana Executive Director for Link Community Development. Kennedy joined our organisation in Ghana in April 2002. He is an education practitioner and has been involved in educational development and research for the past fifteen years in Ghana and the United Kingdom. He holds doctorate degree in Teacher Education and Education Assessment from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
Before joining Link, Dr Quaigrain was a lecturer in Teacher Education, Educational Assessment and Research at both University of Cape Coast and University of Education, Ghana for over 10 years and also pioneered the establishment of Distance Education Institute (IEDE) at the University of Education in 1994 of which he was the coordinator. Dr Quaigrain has published several articles in Teacher Education, Educational Assessment and Distance learning
He has extensive experience in organisational capacity-building supporting district capacity-building events, facilitating strategic review and participatory planning, building local and district education department capacity for information-based decision making, program implementation and evaluation in decentralized systems. Dr Quaigrain has facilitated the development and expansion of a truly innovative method of monitoring and evaluation that builds accountability at decentralized levels and promotes community participation in education and encouraging stakeholders’ active commitment to improvement strategies.
Kennedy has recently supported the implementation of DFID funded Complementary Basic Education (CBE) and Comic Relief (UK) funded girls’ education project called ‘Tackling Education Needs Inclusively’ (TENI).
“My thirteen years of working with Link Community Development in Ghana has been an enriching experience. In this period, Link Community Development Ghana has been supporting change processes which occur at the district, school, and community levels. This is mainly due to the close interaction and interweaving of Link’s systemic approach at the District Education departments and the transformation that emerges as the interventions of Link are interwoven with improved management and school effectiveness ensuring that all aspects of the chain of accountability are activated at all levels of the education ladder.”
Uganda Programme Director
Josephine has 16 years’ experience managing and implementing programs in the development sector in the areas of education, health, human rights, disability, advocacy and community empowerment. She previously worked for Sense International (U), Plan International (U), Actionaid Uganda, and Population Services International and as a human rights activist with the African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of torture victims.
Josephine is a development professional, with a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, a postgraduate diploma in project planning and management and is currently writing her thesis for a Master’s in Business Administration. She has practical skills in strategic leadership, project planning and management.
She has engaged with projects at a grassroots level that combine both service delivery and development work. She has a passion for programs with a quick eye to identify gaps, challenges and subsequently design potential solutions.
Ethiopia Programme Director
Taddesse joined Link Community Development as Programme Director, Ethiopia in January, 2019. Taddesse is a result oriented professional with 18 years of practical work experience in leading & managing Education, Early Childhood Care & Development (ECCD) & other public development Programs & Projects in NGOs including ChildFund Ethiopia, Christian Children Fund of Canada (CCFC) and Child Development & Transformation (CHADET), implementing partner of ChildHope. He has also served in the education system of Ethiopia as a teacher and school principal.
Taddesse has hands-on technical expertise and applied experience in managing multiple sectors such as Education & Early Childhood Care & Development (ECCD); Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) & Emergency Responses; Child Protection & Gender Based Violence (CP-GBV Prevention; Girls' Education; Girls' Education Challenge Transition (GEC-T); Gender-Social Inclusion-Safeguarding; Water Sanitation & Hygiene (
"I am proud to work with Link Community Development family who focus on improving the quality of education to kindle future generations."
Communications and Administration Officer
Lyndsey joined Link Community Development in July 2017 where she is responsible for communications and administration. She is the first point of contact for all enquiries, and provides support to the team and programmes.
After graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a degree in English Literature, her career since has spanned a range of admin, project support, and communications roles across the third sector. In her spare time, Lyndsey enjoys running, circuit training, singing, and music.
“I am inspired by the work that Link does to change the lives of so many children and communities.”