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The Transrural Trust Team


Gillian Rose

Gillian Rose Chair and senior project adviser

After graduating from York University, Gillian spent ten years in journal publishing before joining a civil engineering company working in developing countries. As Marketing Manager she was responsible for identifying opportunities, liaising with agencies, and co-ordinating proposals and document preparation.

She joined the Plunkett Foundation in 1992, transferring her skills and experience from the built environment to rural development. She helped to develop the Foundation's activities in eastern and central Europe, managing a series of projects in ex-communist countries during the 1990's, the decade of transition from a command to a market economy.

In Transrural Trust since 1998, she further developed programmes in eastern Europe, as well as widening her experience to include south Asia, as Projects Director. She has been involved Albania and Nepal, with responsibilities for environmental projects and the development of women's groups and women's enterprise; in Kosovo, where she managed a livelihood development programme for bereaved women; and in Romania, supporting a women's craft project. She has carried out training, advisory, management, monitoring and evaluation activities concerned with group development and small enterprise. Elected in 2009 as Transrural’s fourth Chair since its establishment, Gillian is involved in governance and programme development.



Trevor Lucey

Trevor LuceyExecutive director

Trevor has more than 30 years’ experience in rural development in Asia, Africa, and eastern Europe. The focus of his work has been the establishment and strengthening of rural organisations throughout the world, including agricultural co-operatives, farmers' associations, federations and groups. As Development Director at Plunkett Foundation from 1990-1997, he was directly involved in social enterprise and rural association projects in Eastern Europe (Albania, Poland, Moldova), EU member states (UK, France, Denmark), and developing countries (Burkina Faso, China, Mali, Uganda). Each project incorporated a strong element of participative training. From 1983-90, he held senior posts at the Paris-based International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) for seven years, responsible for advocacy and policy development through representative farmers' organisations in Africa, and Asia. Prior to this, he was responsible for ActionAid’s agricultural programme in Burundi.

Executive Director of Transrural Trust for the past decade, he currently has project advisory, training and implementation responsibilities for a project in Eastern Nepal. This role includes regular field assignments and institutional development. Since 1997, he has on occasion acted as adviser to the Department for International Development and the EU Commission, helping to shape support aid policy for sustainable rural development, drawing on field experience.




Rachael Twiss

Trevor LuceyBookkeeping and Administration

Rachael has 25 years' experience in bookkeeping and accountancy. She began her career in the publishing industry, before moving on to Oxfam GB, where she supported the international program and Trading division (Oxfam shops network) on all aspects of accounting. Rachael then sought a part time accounts role and worked for a small charity called African Books Collective, a worldwide marketing and distribution outlet for over 1,000 African scholarly, literature and children's books. After two years, Rachael decided to ‘go it alone’ and started working freelance for small/medium sized businesses.

Rachael joined the Transrural team in April 2009 and is responsible for the day to day bookkeeping and administrative duties in the office, as well as assisting overseas partners to maintain the highest standards of accounting.





Rebecca Mansfield

Communications and information
Rebecca has worked in public relations for over ten years and has a BSc in media and communication studies from Loughborough University. Her career to date has covered all aspects of internal and external communications in both the public and private sector. Since 2007 Rebecca has been working freelance, providing PR and communications support to various organisations and businesses in Oxfordshire and further afield.

Rebecca joined Transrural Trust in January 2010 and is overseeing our promotional material, press work and website development.