Our people

Sue Hennessey — Country Director, Borneo

Sue

Sue joined Raleigh in 2016 as Country Director for Borneo, having originally started as a Volunteer Manager in Borneo two years earlier.

Before joining Raleigh Sue worked with young people on livelihoods and employability initiatives with Oxfam in the UK, was head of programmes for Big Lottery Fund, and managed community based grant programmes with Voluntary Action Manchester. For the last ten years, she has worked as an independent consultant supporting organisational change and skills development within the voluntary sector, gaining exposure to a wide range of different projects, programmes and approaches. She has developed a personal commitment to supporting and inspiring young people, through taking civic action as a foster parent, school governor and community volunteer.

Christine Gentles – Country Operations Manager, Borneo

Christine

Christine is responsible for the huge amount of planning that goes into every expedition. She’s in charge of health and safety for all Raleigh programmes in Borneo, and ensures operational viability of everything done in-country.

Christine’s Raleigh journey began in 2014 when she was a Volunteer Manager in Tanzania. She went on to become Deputy Operations Manager to take her stay in the country to eight months. After spending two months in Ghana working more widely in youth development, she touched down at Raleigh Borneo in August 2015. She’s been here ever since; starting as Country Expedition Manager before becoming Country Operations Manager in June 2016.

Prior to Raleigh, Christine has 7 years’ extensive experience in the travel industry, dealing with everything from ash clouds and earthquakes to volcanoes and blizzards.

Eliz Fung Nuk Yee – Operations Coordinator, Borneo

Eliz

Eliz supports the long-term operational logistics of expedition, and ensures everything runs smoothly by communicating with partners and suppliers. She also works in monitoring and evaluation, and returns to sites a year after a project finishes to ensure their longevity and sustainability.

Eliz first experienced Raleigh as a venturer in autumn 2015, before coming back as a Logistics Volunteer Manager in spring 2016. She joined the permanent staff in autumn 2016 and is now instrumental in the running of expedition.

Kirstey Selva Kumar – Project Coordinator SALY-B, Borneo

Kirstey

Kirstey is dedicated to the day-to-day implementation of the Sustainable Alternative Livelihoods for Youth in Borneo programme (SALY-B). She concentrates on operational logistics, community sensitisation, recruitment and selection of youth participants in each cluster. Kirsty also liaises with and provides support to expert trainers and state department representatives.

Kirstey first joined Raleigh as a venturer in autumn 2013, has been a Logistics Volunteer Manager twice and Photographer once. After four expeditions, Kirstey finally joined the permanent staff in summer 2015. She now focuses on the SALY-B programme, working as a field operative.

Alicia Mikhaila – Finance Officer, Borneo

Alycia

Alicia joined Raleigh Borneo in 2015, after previously working in finance for a large firm in Kuala Lumpur. She holds the keys to the safe and is the master of the expedition finances.

Ivy Jessica Liew – National Volunteer Coordinator, Borneo

Ivy

Ivy joined the Raleigh staff in autumn 2015. She’s responsible for recruiting and guiding Malaysian volunteers through their expeditions, including Host Country Venturers, Volunteer Managers, and SALY-B Volunteer Facilitators. She is also the main contact to support and communicate with the Sabah Society and Raleigh Kuala Lumpur.