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Ann Gover

Ann was married to Mike, a mathematician, for 49 years until he sadly died in 2010.
When first married they lived in Ghana for nearly three years, Mike being seconded to the University and Ann, a teacher, set up the new University Nursery School. After returning to the UK and Yorkshire for 7 years, and now with two daughters, Catherine and Jane, they went to Malawi for two years where Ann was deputy Head of a school there.
In 1984 they moved to Lothersdale, N Yorks, where they met Derek and Mary Wood, and later Mary asked for Kath and Ann's involvement in what was Nyakabungo Girls Scholarship Fund. Having lived and worked in Africa Ann was very aware of the immense value given to education and also the plight of women there.
When not working as an Oxfam volunteer or supporting the activities of the church in Lothersdale Ann likes to spend time with her family and two grand-daughters in Oxford and Wokingham. Any spare time is involved with travelling, reading and all kinds of needlework.

Clare Ramsden

Clare has been married for almost 43 years. She has three daughters and 6 grandchildren.

After living overseas for 34 years with her civil engineering husband, Oliver, they have now returned to the UK and are enjoying the next stage of their lives as a retired couple.
She has lived in the Middle East, the Far East and also Nigeria and travelled to many other countries on holiday.

She is a Christian who firmly believes that it is important to encourage and help those less fortunate than herself. She is able to put this into practice with her involvement within the Mary Wood Trust in Uganda, helping young people, and girls in particular, to get a good education.
Her annual visits to Kanungu are an opportunity to show commitment, express love and follow in her mother, Mary Wood’s, footsteps.

Kathleen Smith


Kathleen is a retired Headteacher. She is married with a grown up family and four grandchildren.   She lives in Yorkshire with her husband Cliff where together they run a small business caring for animals. 

She has been a trustee since 2002 when the charity was first formed, by Mary Wood. ( It was then known as Nyakabungo Girls Secondary School Scholarship and Development fund. )

She was head of schools in Manchester and Bradford Diocese.  They were in areas of social disadvantage in multicultural environments. The opportunity to visit schools in Uganda  reaffirmed her conviction that if girls are given an equal chance the whole of the country benefits. She believes that the MWT really makes a difference.

Kathleen enjoys travelling, walking, cooking and spending time with her  family and friends dotted around the planet.  


Peter Wood

Peter is Mary and Derek Wood’s  youngest son. He is married to Gill, and they live in Chelmsford, Essex, They have four grown-up daughters and two grand-daughters. Peter qualified as a doctor at the Middlesex Hospital, London, in 1983, and then trained to be a GP in Steeton, West Yorkshire. From March 1989, Peter spent seven years working as a doctor, in SW Uganda, and for the last 3 years of which he was Medical Superintendent.


He worked at a Church of Uganda Hospital, Kisiizi Hospital and was supported by Ruanda Mission/ Mid- Africa Ministy (CMS).  Following his return to UK in 1996, Peter returned to UK to work as a GP in a Christian General Practice in Chelmsford.

However, due to Ill-health, he retired on health grounds in 2010. Peter now spends part of his time working as a volunteer at the local Citizens Advice Bureau, and is an active member of Tile Kiln Church in Chelmsford. His other interests include gardening, photography, bird-watching, and DIY projects around the home, as well as spending time with family and friends.



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