The Derek Moore Foundation was founded by the three Trustees - Derek Moore, Andy Toms and Rene Siva. They are ably assisted by fellow trustee Chris Rowles and two Project Advisors Lyn Hughes, and Fiona Jeffery who work closely with the Trustees to evaluate proposed projects. All of us have extensive travel experience and know personally, many of the countries where our projects are located
Meet the team
Founder, Director and Trustee
Working in, or visiting, over 120 countries provided fun and adventure but also brought home a realisation of the needs and hopes of the many communities he travelled through.
Director and Trustee
Rene began his working life as a commercial pilot, working in the USA, but on his return to the UK he started a life in travel. From the beginning of his travel career he gravitated towards the world of pilgrimage travel,
Director and Trustee
At the age of eighteen Andy became a driver and tour leader on a Trans African Expedition - and fell in love with travel and with the African continent.
Director & Trustee
Born in the UK, Chris grew up in Holland, before returning to the UK to attend University, gaining a degree in Environmental Science. Following graduation, however, he moved into the Travel Industry,
Lyn is something of a legend in the travel business. In 1993 she, along with her late husband Paul, started a small travel magazine, working from their back bedroom. In the 25 years since then Wanderlust has grown ...
A graduate of Edinburgh University, Fiona has had a long and prestigious career in travel and tourism. Her career highlights include running the World Travel Market from 1986 to 2013, during which time she became Chairman.
After graduating in Economics, John spent 3 years backpacking funded by a mixture of English teaching in Syria, taking trucks to Iran and credit-controlling in Reading. Always a fan of journeys, his travels took him from Maidenhead to the Chinese-Pakistan border and back, all round the Middle East and an extended journey from New York to Bolivia.
Co-Founder and Director of award-winning specialist tour operator McKinlay Kidd, Heather traces her roots in the travel industry back to the 1980s as a graduate trainee at Thomson Holidays. Professionally, Heather’s focus is on future planning and marketing, taking an analytical as well as creative approach. This means she is well-versed in assessing and evaluating information prior to decision-making. Such skills came in handy during ten years as a Justice of the Peace in Glasgow, sitting in Europe’s busiest court.
Kate has had an expansive career in the industry of almost 30 years with special interest travel, tourism destination marketing and development being particular passions. Most notable roles have included communications manager EMEA for Tourism Australia (1989-2005), executive director at AITO, The Specialist Travel Association (2008-2019), a consultant in travel and tourism development (2019-2021) and non-executive board member and managing director of the Africa Travel & Tourism Association (2020-2022).
GUATEMALA – Midwives
In the Quetzaltenango area of Guatemala are many rural communities where the Mayan dialect called Mam is spoken and few people speak Spanish. This lack of Spanish means…Read more
ZIMBABWE – Village Investors Programme
In Zimbabwe, the village Investors Programme (VIP) economically empowers parents and guardians of vulnerable children in the Mutari district of the Easter Highlands through community-led savings and loans…Read more
UGANDA – School Library
The NPB Nursery and Primary School in Nsambya, Kampala was founded in 1978 with just 5 pupils. Now run by the daughter of the founder, it has grown…Read more