28 Too Many is a registered charity in England and Wales (1150379), established in 2010 by Dr. Ann-Marie Wilson to undertake research and provide knowledge and tools to those working to end FGM in the countries in Africa where it is practised and across the diaspora worldwide.
Our vision is a world where every girl and woman is safe, healthy and lives free from female genital mutilation.
28 Too Many effects change by:
1. Collating and Interpreting Data (Research)
We present data in a number of ways, primarily through Country Profile Reports and Thematic Papers, and with additional research products as required. To support our aims, we make this research available globally.
2. Influencing Influencers (Top-down approach)
Using the data we have collated, we engage key influencers, encouraging them to advocate for change (of policy, legislation, etc) within their spheres of influence.
3. Equipping Local Organisations (Bottom-up approach)
Based on our research, we develop and distribute advocacy materials and training tools that local organisations can use to bring effective change at a community level.
Ultimately change happens when policy and legislation (top-down) aligns with community action and education (bottom-up). Our approach is to play a catalytic role in both and to base our interventions on solid research.
Dr. Ann-Marie Wilson – Founder/Executive Director
A psychologist and training consultant with 30 years’ experience, Ann-Marie has a background in corporate life and her own not-for-profit consultancy firm specialising in charity projects. Since 2004, Ann-Marie has worked in full-time aid work, holding positions for eight overseas relief, rehabilitation or development agencies in 18 countries.
Sean Callaghan – Operations Manager
Sean brings over 25 years’ experience in international development, including a decade in coaching social entrepreneurs and facilitating leadership development. He has consulted for numerous businesses and not-for-profit organisations across Africa and the Middle East, the UK and the United States. Sean has a diverse and comprehensive background, along with expertise in coaching, mentoring, facilitating and training.
Amy Hurn – Research Manager
Amy has experience in both planning and project management, working in the education and transport sectors. She also has experience in the voluntary sector, including organising fundraising events. Her passion for education and child rights helped her to recognise the significance of working to end FGM and the importance of offering her skills to 28 Too Many to develop research products that can be used throughout the sector.
Emma Lightowlers – Communications Manager
Emma has a background in communication and research and over 20 years of experience in a number of different sectors, including education and working with refugees. She has a strong interest in women’s health issues and is currently studying for a Masters in Global Health. Emma is an active volunteer and is also part of the UN Online Volunteers network.
Yemi Garuba (Chair)
Yemi began her career in the financial services sector and has a wealth of public sector knowledge, having held senior roles within the NHS and, more recently, within Public Health England as head of operations. Yemi brings to the table a background in governance, operations, business planning, and change management. She has a heart for justice matters and women’s rights and welfare and actively volunteers through her local church, working with women and prisoners.
Mark is currently based at All Nations Christian College (ANCC) where he teaches on Poverty, Justice and Development Studies and Leadership. From 2009 until 2016 Mark served as Executive Director of the United Mission to Nepal (UMN) based in Kathmandu, Nepal. Before that he worked for the International Nepal Fellowship (INF) based in the Mid-West of Nepal in a number of different programme focused roles. He has also lived and worked in East Africa, where he grew up. He has a keen interest in linking theology and community development and seeing the local church act as an agent of change in society. Mark is married to Liz who is re-training as a GP and has 2 children Joshua (18) and Miriam (16).
Rev. David Mayne (Treasurer)
David is a Baptist minister currently leading a Baptist church in Shoeburyness, Essex. A passionate advocate for gender justice issues, David also serves nationally with the Baptist Union of Great Britain. David has experience with governance, management and strategic planning in the charity, voluntary and education sectors.
Sharmistha is a barrister at Drystone Chambers where she practices criminal and immigration law. She spent much of her career in the public sector where she first came across the FGM when working as a lawyer dealing with asylum appeals. She has a strong commitment to gender issues and pro bono work.
Tanas Al Qassis
Tanas is the Regional Manager for the Church Mission Society for Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Tanas has the vision to change the way the West views the Middle East and the way the Middle East views the West, he has a passion for education and media and the firm belief that the only solution for the Middle East is Jesus Christ. He worked for World Vision in Jerusalem for nine years as the Finance/Administration Manager and has also worked in Romania as the Grant Manager for World Vision Romania. Tanas has also been very involved with Musalaha, serving both on the Board, and as a leader of Desert Encounters. He served as the Chairman of the Arab Vision Board, a trustee of Embrace the Middle East, Middle East Concern, and has also served with ACTdev in Tunisia. Tanas is in the process of finishing his Doctorate in Ministry degree concentrating on Leadership.