Aquinoe Learning Centre

The Trustees

The Trustees

Jean Thompson – Chair

Jean now works on a part-time basis as a teacher for children with visual impairment in East Sussex. In the summer of 2004 she went to Kenya to do some voluntary work at the Aquinoe Learning Centre, and was struck by the needs of the children and the very basic facilities at the school.

She dreamt about setting up a charity to give support to director and staff at the school, but knew that this was not possible on her own. With the help of her sister and a friend, the charity was set up in the months following her return, and registration followed in June 2005.

Tina Panton – Secretary

Tina became involved with ALC after her sister, Jean, travelled to Kenya. The reports she returned with were very moving, and Tina wanted to provide whatever help she could.

Tina’s strengths are in administration, and she has designed ALC’s forms and spreadsheets to record details of all donations and sponsorship. She took early retirement from a firm of consulting actuaries, and moved to Crieff, Perthshire in September 2006. She continues to support ALC from Scotland.

Lynne Buddle – Treasurer

Lynne has enjoyed careers in publishing and accountancy, before setting up her own gardening business in 2007.  She has been a long-term supporter of ALC and is looking forward to helping Jean and Tina in a more practical and involved way.



Clive Buddle – Trustee

Clive had a long and successful career in banking in both the West End and the City of London until 2008.  He is now an Operations Manager for the National Trust working at Chartwell, one of their flagship properties.  Also a long-term supporter, he now has more time to devote to ALC.