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John Cotton Chairman of Trustees

I first came across Karibuni’s work through my local Methodist church. Subsequently my wife, Sheila, and I got to know Bill, Joy and Corinne Murphy, who happen to live nearby.

Soon after my retirement from full-time employment in 2005 I helped to run a strategy workshop for the charity’s Trustees and subsequently joined a work party trip to Kenya in 2007. Later that year I became a Trustee and in September 2009 I took over from Bill Murphy as Chairman.

Most of my working life was spent with Barclays Bank where I undertook a mixture of roles ranging from Regional Director for West London, Group Human Resources Director and Group Property Director. I am married with three grown-up children and three grandchildren. Apart from enjoying the role of Grandpa, my hobbies include gardening and walking. In 2009 with another Trustee, David Welsh, I completed the 500 mile pilgrim trail across the northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela.