Meet our Operations and Administration Staff
Tina Hall, Director of Operations
Tina volunteered with Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation for several months before joining the staff full-time as Director of Operations. She has worked for a number of not for profit organizations in both England and Australia. Tina has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and Marketing from the University of East London and has worked for over 15 years in event and office management. She is committed to ensuring that the Foundation's vision of providing a better future for the children of Phuket is fulfilled. You will find Tina at the Foundation's office in Kamala during the week. On Monday - Thursday afternoons between 3.50pm and 4.40pm she is at Kamala School at the Coconut Club with the residential students.
Graham Haslam, Events and Fundraising
Graham has lived in Phuket for over 7 years during which time he has been a dedicated volunteer with Phuket Has Been Good To Us. He organised Phuket’s first charity Pro-Am golf tournament to raise funds for the Foundation and currently, he is often the MC on pub quizzes and auctions held for the foundation.
He hopes that he can help to raise much-needed funds for the Foundation through his passion for golf and contacts he makes on the 19th hole!
Arporn Nortip, Office Administrator
Arporn is a local Thai and lives in Phuket near Kamala. She joined the Foundation in July 2013 and brings a wealth of experience to the Administration position. She has a University degree and has spent many years as a teacher and as ground service staff and sales manager in the airline industry.
She is appreciative of the staff, the teachers, and the volunteers who come from all over the world and work hard to help the underprivileged Thai children in having a better quality of life. Once she was aware of this, she decided she wanted to help in the best way possible. Her position is to support the overseas staff and to translate Thai to English and English to Thai when necessary, and do office administration work.
Erin Grout, Office Fellow volunteer, Marketing and Communications
Erin joined Phuket Has Been Good To Us as a full-time Volunteer Office Fellow in August 2016. She has an MA in Politics and the Mass Media from the University of Liverpool and a BA in Political Science and English from the University of Vermont. Her interest in non-profit work and her passion for traveling and living abroad led her to PHBGTU. Erin enjoys working with the Foundation’s small but dedicated staff and feels she has already gained diverse and practical experience with marketing and communication, grant writing, fundraising events, and more. Erin hopes to continue to work for non-profit organizations, specifically advocating for human rights, and knows that the experience she is gaining here, in Phuket, will be invaluable no matter what her next adventure is. For now, she is thoroughly enjoying Thailand and the opportunity to advance her skills while working for an important cause.
In her free time Erin enjoys running, reading, listening to good tunes, eating good food, befriending elephants and cats, and soaking up the sun.
Lea Schumacher, Office Fellow volunteer, Projects and Fundraising
Lea joined the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation in March 2017. She has a Masters’ degree in European Studies with a specialization in International Relations from the University of Maastricht and prior experience in working for and with children. While working for a non-profit organisation in Brussels, she gained experience in fundraising, project development and event organisation which will help her with her various responsibilities in coordinating projects and raising funds for the Phuket Has Been Good To Us Foundation. She is especially looking forward to getting to know the children at Coconut Club and learning more on CSR, marketing, and project management. The experience at PHBGTU is a great chance for Lea to work on topics she is dedicated to while gaining hands-on experience in the running of a local charity and implementation of local projects. After work, Lea enjoys discovering Thai culture and environment, swimming in the ocean and learning Muay Thai.
Julia Landers, Office Fellow volunteer, Fundraising, Campaigns, and Human Resource
From São Paulo, Julia joined the Foundation on September 2017. She previously worked with NGOs dedicated to marginalized children in Uruguay, Paraguay and Brazil, and with a social learning project for semi-literate adults in her hometown. Since her BA in International Relations, she has been shaping her career in the community development field focusing on marketing, communications and media. During her MA in Peace and Conflict Studies at Uppsala University (Sweden), she did an internship at a community radio station in Ghana, assisting a local women’s association in their struggle to access natural resources. She also worked in a grass-roots organization in Nepal, which focuses on the protection and promotion of child and youth rights. All these experiences increased Julia’s strong interests on the boundless power of art & culture as tools to mobilize and empower, which is why she is already in love with Coconut Club’s activities. At PHBGTU, she is mostly excited to develop her skills on Project Coordination and Fundraising Events. Outside the office, Julia hopes to deepen her photography experience and her cuisine abilities, besides exploring the island when possible.
Annie McArdle, Office Fellow, Social Media and Donor Relations
Annie joined the Foundation as a full-time volunteer October 2017. Hailing from chilly Canada, she received her B.A in History and Political Science focusing on International Relations and Law at the University of Toronto. Upon realizing she could make a greater impact in people’s lives through social enterprise she studied International Development at Humber College.
She has previously worked with organizations dedicated to building adequate housing within Canada and globally, as well as volunteers with community events. After learning more about working with charitable organizations she hopes to continuing working with people to further Human Rights for the socially disadvantaged.
While still getting used to the heat, she enjoys traveling the Island, swimming in the ocean, seeing new things and learning about Thailand. Playing and learning from the kids at Coconut Club is the highlight of her day. Her goals are to learn a bit of Thai and to gain experience running events and implementing projects as a local charity.