Meet the team

Anne Edmondson, Chairwoman

A passionate educator, Anne has done 14 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.

Jay Daga, Finance Director

CFO Jay, is our Finance whiz, helping us keep all our figures in order and advising us on our budgets and costs. When he’s not working with numbers, he enjoys yoga and is a keen runner and cyclist. Jay has peddled his way across Laos and trekked in India.

Nabil Habbouche, Challenge Director

Nabil currently sits on the Board of Directors as Challenge Director as well as dedicating his weekends to running G4G's hiking programme in the UAE as Lead Hiking Guide. Nabil is also the Founder of Adventure Quest, a UAE based adventure company. He has done three Gulf For Good Challenges and has been involved with Gulf For Good since 2007.
His passion is spending time outdoors away from the rat race by sharing his passion for anything outdoors with others, including his two boys. He has a love for adventure travel, a yearning to learn about other cultures, in both knowledge and taste. When he's not spending time in the mountains, you can find him outdoors, near the water, teaching kids how to swim, or engrossed in the daily news.

Elaine Kelly, Charity Director

I love that G4G is helping people have an impact on the lives of children in need.  Since my first challenge the fact that we get to meet the children who we support is a unique and life changing experience. I love working with such a diverse and committed team.  Professionally, I was the CSR lead for Microsoft  for 3 years and have a degree in International Development. I currently run my own wellness business in the UAE and Canada.

Caroline Leon, Events & Training Director

Caroline Leon is the co-founder of A life of Education and a Australian born health and fitness enthusiast who holds a BA. Med. Sc.and a  Grad Dip. in International Health. An avid climber, hiker and all things related to the outdoors, Caroline completed her first Gulf for good challenge in 2012 trekking Mt Kilimanjaro followed by the alternative Inca trail to Machu Picchu. On the eve of her third challenge in 2015 to cycle Uganda, Caroline fell over 7 metres from an outdoor rock-climbing wall in Dubai. After fourteen surgeries, twenty-three blood transfusions and two years of extensive rehabilitation Caroline regained her ability to walk. This year Caroline attempted a Guinness World record to summit all the Mountains in the Middle East in the fastest possible time a feat never attempted before. 

Kat Kearsey, Corporate Partnerships 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 6 months”. Fifteen years, a husband and 2 kids later she’s still loving the desert and the opportunities it brings to see the rest of the world.

Milly Larmer, Operations Manager

Milly loves just about any activity that will get her outdoors and pushing her limits. Having trekked across the Indian Himalayas, travelled the world, and taken on the role of Trek Leader for the Women’s Heritage Walk, a 125km 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!

Tazmin Walker, Corporate Relations Manager

Walker by name and Walker by nature, Tazmin loves to get those hiking boots on! She and hubby recently trekked 192 miles (309 kms) across England with their 3 children (all budding ‘Walkers’!) Taz is passionate about travel including having 5 Gulf for Good challenges under her belt and aspires to travel to over 100 countries.

Emma Taylor, Marketing & Communications Manager

A total outdoor enthusiast, Emma has led a life of adventure since she was a teenager summiting Mt Meru at the age of 17 and going on to complete Mt Kilimanjaro, Everest Base Camp, and the Annapurna Circuit well before the age of 30. With a background in business management, marketing and event management, working for Gulf for Good and assisting with the weekend hikes in the UAE is an absolute joy combining work with passion, whilst helping children in need.

Louise Holk, Corporate Partnerships Manager

Newest member of the G4G team but not unfamiliar with the importance of humanitarian aid. Louise comes with a background in corporate fundraising where she’s been involved in projects helping people all over the world. When Louise has the chance she travels. And when not travelling she’s sure to plan for the next one.

Jennifer Sault, Founder of Thrift for Good

Seriously addicted to mountains and fundraising for children's charities, Gulf for Good is Jen's favourite thing. 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 G4G charity projects. Check out thriftforgood.org.

Ambassadors

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, recently a new dad and is still managing to find the time to be one of our Ambassadors and lend us his expertise.

Alanna Turpin

Alanna often finds it hard to accept the status quo, having been involved in humanitarian, environmental, and animal rescue work since arriving in Dubai in 2009. Being no stranger to adventures, she’s planned three Gulf for Good corporate challenges, trekked to Everest Base Camp, cycled across Asia, and undertaken five half Iron Mans, in the last five years alone.

Gerry Gabriel

Architect, photographer, explorer and Gulf for Good challenger, Gerry has been living in Dubai with his family for the past 11 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 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”. 

Nathalie Nassar

Nathalie, originally from France, has lived and worked in Dubai for the last 15 years. She is a Marketing and Communications Manager by profession and loves fitness in her spare time! You can usually find Nat on a Gulf for Good activity most weekends. When not working or working out Nat likes to play squash to relax.