Steve is the Country Director for MAF Uganda, leading a team of 70 staff, including 18 International Staff, most of whom have their families based with them in Kampala – our last estimate was 45 children in programme!
MAF’s Uganda program operates Kajjansi Airfield which is Kampala’s general aviation airport. The team flies to remote areas in Uganda and also across the borders into neighbouring countries, including South Sudan andthe Democratic Republic of Congo.
Philippa and Steve have been working internationally for over 20 years and bring a depth of experience and commitment to the leadership role.
Our MAF journey
Our first posting with MAF was to Tanzania in 1993, running the sub-base at Mbeya in the Southern Highlands, then moving to Dodoma for Steve to be Chief Pilot. At that time, Philippa acted as MAF’s Training Advisor and was responsible for overseeing the design and delivery of all non-aviation training. Our daughters Jessica and Rebekah were born in 1995 and 1996.
We moved to Uganda in 2003 for Steve to take up his role as Country Director; the team has more than doubled since then, and he has also led extensive building projects of a new Hangar and now an Office at Kajjansi Airfield. Since 2006, Philippa has been working as an independent Leadership and Organisation Development Consultant, although she continues to provide training for MAF’s team globally.
Having been entirely raised in Africa, our daughters are now back in the UK and thriving. Jessica is studying Biomedical Science at Oriel College, Oxford and is Captain of the University 2nd Volleyball team; Bekkie is studying for an Art Foundation Degree at Loughborough University and is a talented artist.
Despite the separation from our lovely daughters, we both feel committed to supporting the MAF Uganda team as they work under constant pressure to meet many demands. They share our passion for bringing God’s love to people in geographically remote areas. In some isolated communities in Uganda, average life expectancy is as low as 39 years; the Sesse Islands has one of the highest mother & infant childbirth mortality rates in the world. It is an ongoing challenge to bring relief into these remote places, but we are committed to doing so.