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UK Senior Management

The UK Senior Management Team operates from Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Contact the UK team

Martin Realey - Chief Executive

Martin joined as Chief Executive in September 2017, bringing with him innovations and experiences from a distinguished career as a British Army officer and extensive work in the charity and health sectors.

During his service, Martin was deployed on numerous overseas operations over a 15 year period, most predominantly in Afghanistan and Iraq. He worked alongside DFID, USAID and other INGOs to deliver long-term projects including the Alternative Livelihoods Scheme and the Afghanistan Education Infrastructure Development Programme. As a liaison officer to the International Red Cross, Martin worked tirelessly to reunite children with their families post-conflict.

Martin’s commitment to charity is inspired by life experience, including the loss of a sister to cancer in the late 90s, and witnessing a lack of support for injured servicemen and their families. He is fuelled by a passion to address global inequalities and opportunities for children. Numerous visits to Africa over the last two decades and his own two primary school aged children are his inspiration to be at the forefront of Build Africa’s pivotal work.

Before joining Build Africa, Martin spent three years as CEO of Restore – a mental health charity providing employment coaching and training opportunities to those suffering from severe illness.

Michael Baah - Director of Finance and Resources

Michael joined Build Africa in March 2016. He has extensive experience within international development, having led finance functions at Christian Aid, Plan, CARE and Marie Stopes International. Michael has also lived in Kenya, Malawi and Senegal, and previously worked as Senior Director, Finance & Operations at Amnesty International (International Secretariat) in the UK.