The full round-up of who's who on the Board of Trustees and its Advisory Board.
Derek Chappell Foundation Trustees
Derek Chappell is the founder and a trustee of the Derek Chappell Foundation.
Derek left school at 16 to work for the NHS working his way up to senior management level in hospitals before moving to the private health sector as a CEO for an 18 year period.
He is qualified in Human Resources Management. Derek founded a company called Healthcare Scotland and won an Entrepreneur of the Year award and made the UK "Sunday Times Profit Track top 100" for two consecutive years.
Derek is now using his vast business expertise to create the Malek Academy in South Sudan and he has provided all the initial funding. His ultimate ambition is to see an extensive education system created for the whole of South Sudan.
Norman Flynn is an academic based at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the University of London.
Norman has known Derek Chappell for over 30 years and became involved in the project to rebuild the Malek Academy at the instigation of Majak D'Agoot who is a member of the Academy Board of Governors and a PhD graduate of SOAS.
Norman was the first person to visit the site of the Malek Academy to assess the feasibility of re-building it and has been responsible for recruiting and establishing the Advisory Board.
Peter Varney is a trustee of the Derek Chappell Foundation.
Peter is also Vice Chairman of the Charlton Athletic Community Trust. He was the Chief Executive Officer of Charlton Athletic plc for the period 1997-2008 during which time the football club enjoyed its' most successful period since the 1940s and 1950s.
Prior to that Peter was the Director of the Brain and Spine Foundation and established the charity as one of the most high profile national neurological charities with major fundraising programmes in England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. He has a solid business and charity background.
Advisory Board Members
Michael Brophy is the former CEO of the African Educational Trust.
He previously worked for DFID, The British Council and UNESCO as an adviser to Ministries of Education in Africa, Asia and South America.
In 2006 he was awarded the OBE for services to education in developing countries.
Jo Dibb is the headteacher of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School, a large multi-ethnic girls' school in London.
Many of the girls attending the school are from black and ethnic minority backgrounds and over 60 languages are spoken. The school has been rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted, the UK inspection body for schools.
Jo has worked in secondary schools for over 30 years and has a wide teaching experience both in the UK and overseas.
Malual Ayom Dor
Studied at United States International University Kenya, Makerere University Kampala Uganda and Kings College London. Hold several positions with the Sudan People's Liberation Army SPLA including being Director of Training, Director of Colleges and currently Director General Military Economic Corporation, Ministry of Defence and Veteran's Affairs, Republic of South Sudan. He is currently a serving Major General of the SPLA, the South Sudan Army.
Melvyn Roffe is Principal of Wymondham College in Norfolk, one of the country’s leading state maintained boarding schools.
He has also held a number of other appointments in education and the charitable sector and served as Chairman of the Boarding Schools’ Association in 2008-09.
Melvyn has previous experience of working to support the development of education in East Africa through a highly successful partnership with a school in Uganda which is now in its eighth year.
In South Sudan less than 5% of teachers have a university education and 40% finished school at 11. At Malek Academy, we ensure all of our teaching staff are university educated.
There are just 400 girls in the last grade of school in the whole of South Sudan