Ewan Edwards

Finance & Resources Officer

Ewan brings experience from working in schools and educational charities in India, Spain,  Sierra Leone and west London. He has a MA in African studies from SOAS and a BA in Literature and History from the University of Leeds

Lily Assefa

HR Officer

After completing her MBA in Marketing, Lily worked as a Business Analyst and later on as a Product Manager for First Rate Travel Services (a joint venture between Bank of Ireland and The Post Office). After taking few years to look after her son, she worked for the National Institute for African Studies as Programme Manager/Administrator.


Mariana Ferreira

Office Manager and Executive Assistant

Mariana is an experienced executive assistant and management professional. She has worked in management roles in the private and in the non-for-profit sectors in Brazil, Portugal and UK. Most recently, she worked as the Executive Assistant for the CEO and Board of Directors of a community foundation that tackles poverty in the East End of London. Mariana has a Management degree from Surrey University and is qualified PRINCE II project manager.


Sam Kendall

HR and Finance Manager

Sam is a qualified solicitor with over 15 years’ experience in private practice. She joined WLZ after a career change into Finance and HR. She currently works part-time for WLZ while completing an Advanced Diploma in Accounting.