The Team

Paul Dowding – Trustee & Chairman

paul-dowdingPaul has 3 sons (mid-teens and early twenties) and lives in Somerset with his wife. Paul brings 25 years of business experience and for the past 12 years has been running his own successful Leadership and Management Development business. Before this Paul worked for one of the UK’s largest direct marketing agencies for 7 years as Client Services Director.

Paul founded Alive & Well in December 2008. Along with a clear vision of the shape, structure and life saving work of the charity, Paul brings entrepreneurial drive and energy with which to steer it. Paul is committed to direct action to relieve suffering.

Kim Findlay – Trustee


Kim is married to Sarah and has two children Holly 18 and Fred 16. The family lives in Wiltshire. Kim has had a varied career initially as a journalist and commercial film producer and more recently as a Business Development Consultant. 

Kim has extensive business and project management skills and brings an enthusiasm for getting stuck in and making things happen. Kim helped run another local charity for 7 years and has served as a Parish Councillor. In 2008 Kim raised £5,000 for various charities by travelling across India on an old Enfield motorbike. He even managed not to fall off much.

Kim says that “helping set up Alive & Well and establishing our programme in Sierra Leone has been one of the most daunting but rewarding challenges of my life”.

Jonathan Sugden – Trustee

jonathan-sJon was a founding partner and Managing Director of one of Worcestershire’s largest and most successful independent property management companies, established over 20 years ago. Over the last 15 years he has travelled extensively across Europe, parts of Africa, Asia and the sub continent of India by motorcycle and has witnessed much poverty, deprivation and need in many of those areas.

He is now committed to making a difference, to physically helping at least some of those who do not have the basic essentials of life and who are not able to help themselves. Jon has been with his wife Cindy, a Professor of Biostatistics at the University of Birmingham, for 25 years.

Barnaby Elphick – Trustee & Secretary

Barnaby-ElphickBarnaby lives outside of Bath with his family. Educated to post graduate level, Barnaby started off as a teacher and has spent the majority of his career in the learning and skills sector, working at senior management level for both regional and national organisations. He currently runs his own business providing consultancy services in both the private and the public sector.

Barnaby has worked successfully in a voluntary capacity for a number of charities and is committed to taking the work of Alive & Well forward to make a significant positive difference to people’s lives.

Will Hancock – Trustee