Meet Our UK staff

Karl Hankinson – Founder and Director of Programmes

Karl founded the charity in 2007, and was one of the team who headed out to Uganda to set-up the first project in 2008. He now operates as Trustee and Director of Programmes.

Karl is a trained Clinical Physiologist and Sports Scientist (BSc Hons), who has gone on to achieve a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Development and has an advanced diploma in HIV/AIDS Prevention & Strategy.

Karl has also previously worked in South Africa and Ghana. In 2006, he co-wrote Africaid’s WhizzKids Life Skills Programme and Coaching Manual, and went on to project manage WhizzKids United Uganda. Karl also developed and project managed Africaid’s ‘On the Ball’ programme, which ran though football club community schemes across the UK in the build-up to the 2010 World Cup.


Anna Melvin – Co-Founder and Director

Anna is a Chartered Physiotherapist (MSc), with a previous degree in Anatomical Sciences (BSc Hons). She has five years of physiotherapy experience in the NHS.

As one of the co-founders, Anna was one of the team who headed out to Uganda to set-up the first project in 2008 and now operates as Trustee and Director of Projects. Anna has completed previous projects in Uganda in 2005, working with HIV orphans and teaching in primary schools. She is also a keen sports woman, competing to a high level in athletics, football and netball.

Rick Benfield – Co-Founder and Director

Rick has gained a degree in Business Administration (BSc Hons) and spent over five years at Accenture, a global management consultancy, before moving into the charity sector to apply his corporate sector experience with some of the biggest NGOs in the UK.

As one of the co-founders, Rick was one of the team who headed out to Uganda to set-up the first project in 2008 and now operates as Trustee and Director of Operations. Rick has played a vital role in moving the concept forward, forming cost strategies, developing business ideas and managing the charities operations.

Jeremy Katz – Marketing and Fundraising Manager

Jeremy is an experienced project manager, working initially as a project management consultant, but laterly as a project manager in the charity sector. Jeremy joined wannabeamazin as our Fundraising Manager having organised various fundraising events for various charities in recent years, raising over £20,000 in the process.

Since joining Wannabeamazin Jeremy has co-ordinated the Lands End to John O Groats cycle events in both 2010 and 2011. His new role also involves co-ordinating some of our Marketing activities including the development of our new wesbite.