The RCSF is run by a dedicated team of British and Rwandan cricket and development enthusiasts, most of whom have been volunteering in Rwanda on social action projects since 2007.
Oli Broom – Managing Director
Oli was appointed as the RCSF's Managing Director in October 2011. He splits his time between London and Kigali.
Oli is a languages graduate of Durham University, and has an MA in Property Valuation and Law from London's Cass Business School. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, and worked for Knight Frank for five years until 2009. He is a former captain of the Berkshire Under 19 cricket XI, a member of the MCC and an Honorary Member of The Lord's Taverners.
In October 2009 Oli set off on a bicycle to explore the world through cricket, pedalling alone for 22,000 kilometres through 23 countries, all the way to Australia. He played and taught cricket with enthusiasts (and total beginners) in 20 countries: with the national teams of Serbia, Hungary and Bulgaria; with Sudanese nomads, Indian Google executives and Syrian refugees. After 14 months on the road he reached the Brisbane Cricket Ground at the start of the 2010/11 Ashes cricket series. The expedition raised £75,000 for The Lord's Taverners and the British Neurological Research Trust.
Oli is an experienced public speaker and writer. The book of Cycling To The Ashes will be published by Random House in the summer of 2013. Oli believes strongly in the ability of sport to unite and educate. During his journey, he was taken aback and inspired by the enthusiasm for cricket beyond the Test world in countries like Hungary, Serbia, Turkey and Indonesia. He is excited about turning his attention to Rwanda, and helping to make an immediate and lasting impact on cricket in the country.
Edo Mapelli Mozzi
Edo holds an MA in Politics from Edinburgh University. He is the founder & Managing Director of London-based Banda Property. His depth of knowledge of the construction and property industry will aid the RCSF in terms of land acquisition and design / construction of the ground. He visited Rwanda with Project Umubano in 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Charles is the President of the Rwanda Cricket Association (RCA) and joined the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation Board in March 2012. Having grown up playing cricket in Kenya and Uganda, he returned home to Rwanda after the 1994 genocide and, with some friends, founded the RCA. He has been the driving force behind the growth of cricket in Rwanda for over thirteen years and,although he has represented the national team in the past, is now concentrating on overseeing the continued growth of the sport. Charles runs a real estate company in Kigali and until recently hosted his own radio show in Rwanda. In his spare time Charles is often found in "The Dugout" bar in Kigali (owned by the national team wicketkeeper!) watching cricket.
Alby is a student at Newcastle University. An accomplished amateur cricketer and sportsman, Alby has taught football & cricket on Project Umubano for the past 2 summers. Alby's work experience has included spells as a sports journalist and owner-manager of a children's sports camp.
Alan works in the Press Office of Prime Minister David Cameron in 10 Downing Street. He is a keen cricketer, and started the Project Umubano cricket module in summer 2011. He captained the Conservative Party Cricket XI versus a Rwandan XI in 2010 and 2011.
Stephen Ogden is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has worked for KPMG, Price Waterhouse, Credit Suisse First Boston and Heineken Russia. He is a non-executive director of Volga Gas plc, a Russian oil & gas exploration & development company. He attended Project Umubano in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Stephen supports Bolton Wanderers, for his sins.
"Emma" is a former Rwandan all-rounder who is now the Rwanda Cricket Association Development Officer, as well as an ICC cricket umpire. He is responsible for the development of cricket amongst Rwanda's youth. He is particularly passionate about continuing to spread cricket amongst Rwanda's poorest communities, and works closely with Cricket Without Boundaries, who visit Rwanda twice a year. "Emma" can often be found hovering on the boundary at the Kicukiro Oval, keeping an eye out for Rwanda's next batting star.
Susan Brealey has been the Director of the MCC Foundation since February 2011. Her background was in the media - BBC Radio and commercial television - before she joined ShareGift, the share donation charity, of which she remains an Associate. Susan enjoys cricket hugely, but mostly from an armchair.
Always on hand to help the Board are a group of RCSF enthusiasts we like to call our 'Angels'. We'd really struggle without their enthusiasm and support:
Olivia Bloomfield - Olivia chaired our dinner committee in the early part of 2012 and continues to be an integral part of the RCSF team. Having spent much of her career as a fundraiser, Olivia now works for iCAP.
Rebecca Wakefield - Rebecca graduated from Newcastle University with a BA in architecture. She has since been working in the property industry and is currently employed at Banda Property. Rebecca is the project administrator for the Foundation.
Hamish Adams-Cairns - Hamish is a student of English Literature at Newcastle University and a former pupil of Ampleforth College. He is an accomplished musician and amateur sportsman. Hamish ran the 2010 London Marathon, raising over £9,000 for a children's hospice.
Daniel Dalton - Dan is a former professional cricketer who represented Kent, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire between 1996 and 2005. Dan works in the European Parliament and is based in Brussels. He was part of Project Umubano in 2011.
Natalia Mapelli Mozzi - Natalia is a trained nursery school teacher. She is helping to organise charity events for the Foundation, including the celebrity cricket match.
Jack Rose - Jack is a student and contemporary of Alby Shale and Hamish Adams-Cairns. Jack is an accomplished amateur sportsman. He volunteered on the Project Umubano sports module in Summer 2011.