Our Team

School Club Zambia is run by a small team of dedicated staff and volunteers in London (UK), Livingstone (Zambia) and rural Sinazongwe (Zambia) where our head office is based. We currently have only one part-time member of staff in the UK who works remotely from her home. In Zambia we operate out of our office for free on Zongwe Farming Enterprises’ property (at Lake Kariba) due to the company’s generous CSR programme.




Lois Cochrane (Director of Operations) co-founded the School Club Zambia in 2011 at the age of 26. Lois has an MSc in Development Studies from SOAS and over 12 years of experiences in the not-for-profit sector including working for Concern Worldwide and African Revival.

Lois can be contacted via email at Lois@schoolclubzambia.org


Vicky Copeland (Country Manager) joined the team in 2017 after working for 5 years in Zambia as a lead Project Coordinator at African Impact. Vicky is AAT qualified and alongside her experience in the not-for-profit sector has worked for over 10 years in the finance industry in London.

Vicky can be contacted at Vicky@schoolclubzambia.org


Poppy Gilbert (UK Programme Manager), joined the team in early 2018 on a short term Fundraising and Partnerships role in Zambia but in 2019 became our first member of staff in the UK. Poppy who has worked for Village Aid, ChildHope and Marie Curie leads the team in diversifying and expanding our income streams.

You can contact Poppy every Thursday on Poppy@schoolclubzambia.org


Sunny Siabukandu (Zambia Programme Manager) has been volunteering and working in youth development for over 10 years including working for the Southern African Aids Trust. Sunny, who is a trained organic agriculture practitioner joined our team in early 2015 and has a passion for ending youth unemployment.

Sunny can be contacted via email at Sunny@schoolclubzambia.org


Alice Simakala (Gender and Youth Officer) is in charge of mainstreaming gender and youth issues into all of SCZ's programmes. Alice has been involved in youth entreprenurship projects since her school won the People's Prize in Teach a Man to Fish's School Enterprise Challange in 2011. We are yet to meet a more motivational speaker on the rights of youth and love her fresh perspectives on mobilising school resources.


Chewe Mwangilwa (Enterprise Committee Training Officer) has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Namibia and over 6 years of experience in delivering credit product solutions to small scale farmers with Finance and Investtrust Bank in rural Zambia. Chewe who previously worked for Restless Development as a trainer leads in the development and delivery of our entrepreneurship programmes.


Nchimunya Siamunsila (Programme Intern). Nchimunya joined the team in September 2017 as an Innovation Ambassador at Siansowa School where she worked to develop Zambia’s first meal worm project in a school. Nchimunya will be staying on to help with the programme until December 2019 whereafter she will be starting a degree in Humanities at the University of Zambia.


Sue Sharp (UK Volunteer Office Administrator)


UK Board


Hesther Levy (UK Chair)


Trish Corzine


Hannah Kerrigan (Secretary)


Neelan Santhirarajah (UK Treasurer)


Abeer Itrakjy


Zambian Board


Muftau Ibrahim (Co-Founder)


Patrick Malanji


Peter Nel


Gill Staden


Charlene Bangwe Chama