Meet the team

We are hiring!

Administration Assistant

Gulf for Good is a UAE not-for-profit organisation and UK registered charity having recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Our mission is to raise funds for children around the world whilst giving back to the community. 

We are looking for an Administration Assistant to join our small but dynamic team. We are not a
big corporation, and cannot offer such packages, however we can offer the opportunity to work in a fun, flexible environment.

If you like travelling and the great outdoors, even better! Working with us is not about doing a job,
its about living a passion. If you have a social heartbeat and are interested to find out more, we'd love to hear from you.  

https://www.gulf4good.org/

For this particular role, we are looking for a candidate who is a self-starter, able to work independently with the following skills:

- Excel (able to use formulas and run reports) Word and PowerPoint
- Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
- Excellent organizational abilities
- High level of attention to detail
- Able to multi-task

Applicants need to be self-starters and familiar (ideally proficient) with the following:

 Managing phone calls and daily correspondence
 Creating and updating records, the website and database 
 Preparing reports/presentations and proposals
 General office duties

Candidates should be flexible and prepared to support campaigns and attend events which sometimes run outside regular work hours. 

It is largely remote working with a requirement to attend weekly team meetings, bi-monthly Management meetings and an Annual Strategy weekend.

A full-time role of up to 40 hours per week (Monday to Friday) with a monthly compensation of up to AED5,000 commensurate with experience and skill set relevant to the role. Plus, an annual flight allowance of AED2,700 (after one year of service), Medical cover and 22-days Annual Leave.

There will be a six-month probationary period. References will be required.

Please apply to [email protected] with your CV and cover letter on or before 31 January 2022.

Anne Edmondson, Chairwoman

A passionate educator, Anne has done 16 challenges, including Everest Base Camp in 2015 (when the earthquake occurred), where she saw first-hand the heart-breaking devastation caused to so many communities. When not in the classroom, stair climbing or beach hiking, Anne loves cooking, baking and feeding people – after all, she is Irish.

Brian Wilkie, Co-Founder & Honorary Chairman

Serial entrepreneur, Brian started Gulf for Good in 2001 when he and his friends recruited 49 people to trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro to buy ambulances for use in Namibia. Brian is an adventurer, born in India and traveling since, Dubai became his home in 1976. Enviroserve, Universal Express, and Ductac are some of his companies.

James Berry, Co-Founder & Legal Director

Born in East Africa, Barrister Jim runs his own practice in Dubai, where he has been living since 1989. A founder member of the Board, Jim has done several challenges in Tanzania and Morocco. In his spare time, Jim can be found working with Larchfield Children's Home, one of our main charities, of which he is the Founder.

Kat Kearsey, Strategy and Events Director

Kat began her Gulf for Good journey in 2007 with the phenomenal Everest Base Camp challenge. She was bitten by the challenge bug and has since ran a cross country Marathon in Ethiopia, raced Tuk-Tuks around Sri Lanka and summited Kilimanjaro. Originally from the UK, Kat moved to Dubai in 2005 “for six months”. over 15 years later, with a husband and two kids she’s still loving the desert and the opportunities it brings to see the rest of the world.

Mohammed Bin Kuwair, External Affairs Director

A sustainability promoter and environmentalist who works in the environment protection industry as international business and partnership development. An advocate for changing community behavior to keep Mother Earth clean and healthy for future generations. Mohammed Bin Kuwair, or MBK in short, is a strong believer of partnerships, there is no better way to solving challenges than the famous saying "two heads are better than one”, hence, his role is to support Gulf for Good to build stronger partnerships in the UAE.

Chris Orrell, Finance Director

Passionate about the interplay between corporate strategy, operations and finance to achieve goals, Chris sits on the Gulf for Good Board as Finance Director. Chris grew up in Zambia, South Africa and the UK before moving to the UAE in 2006.  He has a love of adventure travel which spans over 50 countries. He has trekked to the base camp of K2, raced tuk-tuks across Ski Lanka and Cambodia, sea kayaked in northern Madagascar, cycled the Cape Epic for Médecins Sans Frontières and cycled the entire Tour de France for the William Wates Memorial Trust.

Lana Alrichan, Marketing Director

Passionate about combining strategy and marketing, Lana has held numerous management positions in the UAE. Her resilient history in marketing and advertising has led her interest in Gulf for Good which combines her love for both kids and fitness. Lana believes that leaders should create change beyond the four walls of an organisation, building vigorous communities that fabricate real world impact. Travelling to over 55 countries, you are most likely to find Lana watching a sunset somewhere in the world. 

Jennifer Sault, Director - Thrift for Good

Founder of Thrift for Good and on the Board of Directors of Gulf for Good. Seriously addicted to mountains and fundraising for children's charities are Jen's two favourite pastimes. She previously worked in the Operations Manager role and left it to start Thrift for Good, Gulf for Good's sister social enterprise reselling preloved items. Profits are then donated towards Gulf for Good charity projects. Check out thriftforgood.org

Sean Burgess, Challenge Director

Growing up in the UK but with a keen sense of adventure, Sean spent many years working in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, before he and his wife moved to the UAE in 2013 and have happily built their lives here ever since.

A keen adventurer, in the last few years he has climbed Kilimanjaro, swum from Asia to Europe, and in 2021 broke the Guinness World Record for “the fastest crossing of the UAE by foot”, proudly raising funds for charity partner Soft Power Education. 

As Challenge Director, Sean is excited to put together challenges that help people complete extraordinary achievements, travel the world and raise vital funds for charity.

Nick Haston - Corporate Partnerships Director

Nick grew up in West Africa and has lived throughout the Middle East and in Hong Kong. He first came to the UAE in 2009 and has raised three children here. Having spent 16 years in the British Army, Nick enjoys both adventure and a challenge. He has a broad corporate reach and a kaleidoscope of experience to bring to the Board. He has witnessed first hand the plight of children in a number of countries and has an enduring passion to try and leverage his network and life lessons to empower more people to do more good for the lives of children.

Tazmin Walker, Corporate Relations

Walker by name and Walker by nature, Taz loves to get those hiking boots on! With Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp and Machu Picchu all under her belt she looks forward to plotting her next challenge. She is also no stranger to long distance trails having trekked 309 kms from East to West completing England's Coast-to-Coast. Taz is passionate about travel; she has done seven Gulf for Good challenges and aspires to travel to over 100 countries (currently at 85).

Milly Larmer, Partnerships, Charities and Operations Manager

Milly loves just about any activity that will get her outdoors and pushing her limits. Having trekked across the Indian Himalayas, travelled to many parts of the world, and taken on the role of Trek Leader for the Women’s Heritage Walk, a 125 km hike across the UAE desert, Milly is super excited to channel her competitive spirit to help others around the world as part of the Gulf for Good team!

Ambassadors

Elaine Kelly - Ambassador for Charity

Elaine is Canadian although she lived in Dubai for twenty five years and recently moved to New Zealand. A chance meeting with one of the co-founders in 2001, led to her signing up for Everest Base Camp in 2002.  Since then she has completed 12 challenges, one as a rep. She was the Charity Director from 2018-2021.  With a degree in international development she spent 15 years in corporate real estate and now runs her own wellness business including health retreats around the world.

Martin Hope

Motor racing expert Martin has spent much of his life in the Middle East. As well as running his own motor sports company in Dubai, Martin is also a keen mountain biker. Martin did his first challenge with Gulf for Good to Mongolia in 2014 and hasn’t looked back. Formally a Board member, a dad of two and is still managing to find the time to be one of our Ambassadors and lend us his expertise.

Gerry Gabriel

Architect, photographer, explorer and Gulf for Good challenger, Gerry has been living in Dubai with his family for the past 12 years.  As the GM of a successful survey consultancy in the UAE, Gerry is passionate about working with charity organisations as well as exploring new countries and learning about their cultures.

Gerry did his first challenge with Gulf for Good to Tanzania where he summited Kilimanjaro in 2012 and has done a few since, including Bhutan in 2016 with Marco, his 16-year-old son.  Gerry is looking forward to his new challenge as a Gulf for Good Ambassador.

Patrick van Ijzendoorn

Patrick, originally from Holland, has lived in Dubai for over 25 years and runs his own interior design firm. He has two teenage daughters and you can find him in Showka or Hatta most Fridays with his mountain bike team 'MTB Fridays'. Given his passion for two wheels unsurprisingly Patrick completed two cycling challenges with Gulf for Good: “Revolutionary Road” and “The Road to Mandalay”. 

Yasmeen Bhat

Yas, originally from Kashmir, came to the UAE over 15 years ago, with a background in Marketing, PR, Comms and Media, eventually setting up her own Advertising Agency company YAS Media Group in 2010. Yas prides herself on customer service and always has a winning smile! When not busy running her business Yas enjoys nature and the outdoors, having climbed several mountains with many more still on her to do list. 

Martin Bond

Martin is an outdoors enthusiast and a self-confessed challenge freak. Originally from the UK, Martin has lived in the Middle East since 1998 and has been involved with Gulf for Good since participating in the very first Gulf for Good ascent of Kilimanjaro in 2001. Martin has completed and led six Gulf for Good challenges, and has spent several years on the charity's Board of Directors. Martin is an all-round sports enthusiast but devotes much of his time to endurance cycling and swimming activities, including numerous Ironman and long-distance triathlon events around the globe. In 2021, Martin completed an ‘indoor English Channel’ event, a continuous swim of 33 km in a pool in Dubai in aid of the Lebanese Red Cross. Martin is a devoted father to his six-year old daughter Amelia, who will soon be out-running, out-swimming and out-biking him!

Andy Jackson -

Andy moved to Dubai from the UK with his family in 2002. As an Audio and Communications expert, he has worked on some of the largest events in the region & successfully ran his own business for over 15 years. Having participated in 2 overseas challenges in Uganda & Vietnam/Cambodia, he manages to balance his hi tech and adventurous lifestyles perfectly. Andy is regularly spotted Mountain Biking and Hiking during the winter months with Gulf For Good.

Dawn Franklin - Ambassador for Corporate Partnerships

Dawn moved from the UK to Dubai 12 years ago and spent 9 of those years as a Senior Financial Planner. Loving a challenge on every level Dawn then decided to set up under her own consultancy licence to broaden her opportunities. Dawn supports the Gulf for Good family as an Ambassador for Corporate Partnerships. An outdoor enthusiast who you would usually find on horseback Dawn has been taking part in Gulf for Goods local training and challenges including hiking the Ski Dubai slopes and is ready and eager to book her first life changing international challenge.