Our Team

New Routes Foundation - Board of Directors

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Storm Lindenberg

Storm is the Founder and Chairperson of NRF. He provides the strategic direction and vision to keep steering the organisation in line with God's purposes and will. Storm grew up in Africa and from a young age started feeling burdened to help other children without parents or families. At 10 years old, he started volunteering at a local orphanage near his school a few times a week. This was where he eventually met his adopted sister. His experiences at the orphanage were life-changing and gave him a deeply burdened heart for orphaned and vulnerable children. The Lord clearly called him to help orphaned children (in the midst of completing his Law qualification) and that is why he set out to start New Routes Foundation. His legal skills and qualifications have proved a significant asset to the NGO, and he continues to use it for the glory of God.

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Sophie Lindenberg

Sophie grew up in the UK and has had dreams about becoming a missionary in Africa since the age of 6. She regularly started going to Kenya from the age of 16, including stints of up to six months at a time. Sophie has a passion for special needs care and has taught boys who have experienced abuse and neglect in the UK. In Kenya, she has home-schooled a child (in Swahili and English) with severe developmental difficulties, and closely supported children with traumatic backgrounds. Sophie uses her Psychology degree for the benefit of the NGO – especially as all it’s beneficiaries are vulnerable young adults with histories of trauma and hardship. Sophie gained her vision to serve Kenya in 2014 while at a Christian women’s conference and is passionate about ensuring every student knows about the love of God.

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Phylis Mbugua

Phylis is the Managing Director of LEP Forensic Consultancy, a forensics company based in Kenya. She has several qualifications in the field of forensics including a MSc in Forensic Medical Sciences from Queen Mary University in London. Apart from her work, Phylis is passionate about community development since she believes that every person deserves a chance to a better life. To this end, she has volunteered as a primary and secondary school teacher, is a member of the Kenya Red Cross and has been running an empowerment programme for girls in her community. Phylis is privileged to be a part of New Routes Foundation because it presents another opportunity to serve and give back to the community.

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Alfred Otieno Achieng

Alfred is a lecturer at a prominent university in Kenya. Over the years he has interacted with many students and observed the drastic changes they tend go through during this period. He has seen many students make poor choices with irreversible consequences and believes this is often due to poor senses of identity and a lack of proper values. Alfred joined NRF primarily because it is founded on and run under Christian principles. He is particularly passionate about the mentorship and spiritual guidance aspects of our programme, which he believes will equip students with the emotional, psychological, and spiritual capacities to handle whatever the future holds for them; through their college years and beyond.

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Trish Farrelly

Trish is the headteacher of a large, diverse community primary school. She has a BA honours degree in Primary Education and a diploma in Psychology. She has been working in education for 20 years and has a passion for ensuring all children have an opportunity to reach their potential - no matter what barriers they might have. Trish has a special interest in children with learning challenges and set up an enhanced learning provision for children with autism in the UK. She is also dedicated to safeguarding and child protection. Trish loves being a part of NRF as it provides amazing opportunities for education and has Jesus at its heart.

New Routes UK - Board of Trustees

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Pip Wilford

Pip has 10 years experience of working in the Charity sector for both large and small charities, in International Development and UK focused organisations. She currently oversees all the Fundraising & Marketing activities for a small charity based in Myanmar (Burma), called Health & Hope UK.  From a young age, Pip had a dream to work in the Charity sector and is passionate about addressing the root causes of poverty and injustices that exist in the world.

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Dave Wyborn

Dave lives in Surrey with his wife, Karen and two children Reuben and Alexis. He has a heart for helping others and supports numerous charities and contributes to the local community.

He is delighted to part of the New Routes Foundation team and the valuable part he can play. He has 15 years’ experience working in finance with a range of organisations from small start-up companies to global organisations. His vast experience and expertise allow him to ensure sound financial governance for New Routes Foundation.

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Connie Engelbrecht

Connie was born and raised in South Africa before moving to the U.K. at the end of 2017. She now lives in the beautiful Surrey countryside with her five year old son. 

Connie is passionate about living life to the full and helping others, and believes that her heart for people is one of her spiritual gifts. She feels happiest and most fulfilled when she is serving and blessing other people, especially those less fortunate than herself. Connie feels privileged to have joined New Routes Foundation as she is especially passionate about the impact that education can have on a person’s confidence and life opportunities.   

Connie is an experienced global marketing professional with over 15 years of corporate marketing experience in the FMCG, beauty, and personal care industries. She is also a certified copywriter and believes her talent and love for writing is a God given gift which she wants to use to reach more people and spread God’s love wherever she can. Connie uses her marketing and copywriting skills to help New Routes Foundation with social media strategy and copy for all digital channels.

Staff Members

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Mercy Obala

Mercy is our Programme Coordinator. She is passionate about giving back to her community and is motivated by being able to serve God through her role. She has previously volunteered in a mentorship and discipleship capacity within high schools and universities through various programmes. She is an experienced administrator, accountant, and youth worker. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and has undergone training in Christian counselling to help her in her service. She believes that young people should be given the right tools for their future so that they can optimally contribute to their communities and the nations at large.