New man at helm of charity group

Bakewell-based charity group Village Aid has a new man at the top.

Taking over as Chief Executive Officer this month, is 36-year-old Kemal Shaheen who has worked as the group’s Africa Programmes Officer since January 2011.

Village Aid was launched over 30 years ago by former Lady Manners student, Andrew Kingman, with support from Bakewell Rotary Club. It currently operates in West African countries – Cameroon, Ghana, The Gambia and Sierra Leone, and concentrates its efforts on villages, building schools, community centres and wells, in addition to setting up adult literacy and business training schemes.

Kemal who is married and lives in Belper has previously worked for Christian Aid, the Race Equality Council in Norwich and Skillshare International in Leicester.

He takes over as the group’s Chief Executive Officer from Nuhu Salihu, who has decided to stand down after an 11 year stint with Village Aid.

To celebrate his time with Village Aid, Nuhu will give a presentation on a project dear to his heart – an orphanage in Sierra Leone called the Masallay Academy. This will take place at the Medway Centre on Friday, April 20, at 5pm. Anyone wishing to find out more about Village Aid is welcome to go along.