Our Team

Geoff Winston Armstrong


Executive Director,

Board Member of Global Development Group since 2002, Geoff is an experienced Director and qualified Consultant. Geoff has over thirty years consulting experience within corporate, not for profit and Christian ministry sectors, advising on organisational structure, strategic direction and corporate governance. Since being a founder of Global Development Group in late 2002, Geoff’s strong emphasis on financial growth, accountability and continuous improvement has seen the organisation greatly expand

Emily Parsons

Board Member

Emily co-managers her own coffee roasting and hospitality business. She founded a charity that existed to include local communities and businesses to support development projects in Africa. In the past 6 years this has been specialised in WASH, specifically pioneering a rain harvesting water tank model in Uganda.

Stuart Manners


Board Member

Stuart was  born in England and gained an MA(Hons) and teaching qualification at Oxford University. He married his wife Sarah in 1970 and taught in England for 5 years before coming to New Zealand in early 1975. He taught in Auckland for nearly 20 years at King’s College before moving to the recently established Bethlehem College in 1993. He was an Associate Principal at that College for many years before moving into a part time role from the beginning of 2015. Stuart and Sarah have three grown up children Nicola, Simon and Clare. They became involved in aid and development work through their eldest daughter Nicola, who worked for a non-profit for six years helping to run a babies homes in Uganda.


Nicola Ssekajja

Nicola is a qualified Social Worker and has been working in that field for the past 20 years with front line experience in NZ and UK.  She spent 5 years living and working in Uganda supporting the work of an NGO as they set up their Babies Home.  This hands on experience of seeing development in action was an eye opener for the challenges aid organisations face in relation to global influences.  Nicola is currently the Service Manager for the Family Works Bay of Plenty office based in Tauranga.  This entails overseeing the social service provision of support to children and their families in the local community.

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