Build Africa are proud to announce Martin Realey as our new Chief Executive.
Martin officially joins Build Africa today after three years as CEO of mental health charity Restore, bringing with him experiences from a distinguished career as a British Army officer and extensive work in the charity and health sectors.
He replaces Linda Edwards who, after more than two years in the role, will be leaving Build Africa to take up a new opportunity and be closer to her family.
Martin is fuelled by a passion to address global inequalities and opportunities for children. Numerous visits to Africa over the last two decades and his own two primary school aged children are his inspiration to be at the forefront of Build Africa’s pivotal work.
During his service, Martin was deployed on numerous overseas operations over a 15 year period, most predominantly in Afghanistan and Iraq. He worked alongside DFID, USAID and other INGOs to deliver long-term projects including the Alternative Livelihoods Scheme and the Afghanistan Education Infrastructure Development Programme. As a liaison officer to the International Red Cross, Martin worked tirelessly to reunite children with their families post-conflict.
Martin’s commitment to charity is inspired by life experience, including the loss of a sister to cancer in the late 90s, and witnessing a lack of support for injured servicemen and their families.
Martin, Build Africa’s new Chief Executive, said:
“I am delighted to be joining Build Africa at such an exciting time for the charity. I anticipate that 2018, our 40th year, will be our busiest to date. Having already visited some of our field staff and projects in Uganda, I take huge pride in leading an organisation that is having such an impact on the lives of African children and their communities.”