The PAW Trust in the UK

The idea for PAW was first formulated when Gaynor Asquith travelled to Malawi in 2003. PAW was registered in the UK as a not-for-profit company in 2004, and as a charitable trust in 2005. 

The Trust has a legal agreement, called a concession, with the Government of Malawi and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, to deliver conservation, eco tourism and poverty reduction programmes at Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve. The UK Trust fundraises for the conservation work in Malawi, promotes sound conservation principles and also organises an education programme.

We promote conservation and fundraise across the world, mainly in English speaking countries, but we also have volunteers and friends in a number of other countries and are always keen to hear from new ones!

We have a small group of Trustees made up of representatives from our sponsor companies and volunteer fundraisers. We are always looking for people who can give significant time to our work.

Current vacancies as Trustees

If you are interested and have skills in fundraising, in marketing and PR or in conservation in Africa, please contact  our UK Director for more details and an informal discussion.

Get Involved!

If you'd like to get involved with PAW in the UK , or help us from your home country, have a look at the different ways you can help and learn about conservation at the same time in our Getting Involved pages.

The PAW logo

Our logo was designed by Dave Midgley in 2004 and updated in 2008. It is trademarked and if you would like to use it please contact us to discuss.


Gaynor Asquith

Gaynor Asquith

Gaynor Asquith is co-founder of PAW and the PAW Trust. She has travelled extensively in Africa, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and is committed to saving a small piece of African wilderness before it has all disappeared. Gaynor leads the PAW Trust fundraising campaigns and is a UK spokesperson for PAW. Like all the Trustees her time is given on a voluntary basis.

Gaynor is a co-director of arc4, the housing and regeneration company based in the UK that supports PAW with office and marketing facilities.

Jim Battle

 Jim Battle

Jim Battle is a Mancunian and Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council. His career background before becoming a full time public servant and politician was in social housing.

Jim is keen to see links created and maintained between the northwest of England and southern Malawi, and to encourage local and national environmentally based regeneration companies get more involved with worldwide conservation.

Pauline Davis

Pauline Davis

Pauline has worked in the public sector as a teacher, and school governor, in public health education and in housing and regeneration. She has been a Councillor, is an Honorary Member of the Faculty of Public Health, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing. She is currently Director of a Housing market renewal agency and a member of the Guinness Northern Counties Housing Association Board.

Pauline has visited Mwabvi and met the people there. She is keen to support education and community development programmes having seen the difference they make for herself in the UK and Malawi.

Dave Midgley

Dave Midgley is a freelance IT consultant who first visited Africa in 2002, and discovered PAW as a result of that trip. He went on to be our very first volunteer, to design the original PAW logo, create the first PAW website, and was the first to visit Chipembere Camp when it was nothing more than a workshop in the blazing heat. He has been a staunch supporter of PAW ever since, making many more trips to Malawi, and publishing travelogues of all his adventures on his own website at .

He planned to spend the whole of 2010 in Malawi as a volunteer, but to his great disappointement this was cut short after six months by a nasty bite (from an insect, not a lion cub!). Neverthelass as volunteer co-ordinator he continues to encourage volunteers to go to Mwabvi, and fully intends to go back himself in the near future. 

Kate Mitchell

Kate Mitchell has a background of working in the criminal justice system, working with offenders, developing multi agency partnerships, and commissioning drug and alcohol programmes.  Since 2008, Kate has worked freelance as a consultant and trainer with public and voluntary sector organisations, specialising in multi agency projects, business planning, and training managers; and works with children's services, developing services and recruiting foster parents. 

Because she believes people and environment are co-dependent, Kate is interested in the relationship between the communities around Mwabvi and the wildlife reserve.  She is committed to helping PAW to develop the communities alongside its conservation work, so that  basic needs such as a water supply, nutrition, primary health provision, education and skills, are met, and the people of Mwabvi will be in a position to maintain the reserve, providing its future workforce and ultimately becoming independent.

Larry Gold

Larry Gold

Larry is an unsung hero. He is a Director of Trafford Housing Trust and provides free accountancy and finance advice for PAW Trust through his team. Trafford Housing Trust are proud of their record in helping small not for profit organisations and in return for training and involvement with our projects, Larry ensures we get a professional service of high quality.

Pete Flynn 

Pete Flynn

Peter is an experienced marketing professional with a career stretching

back over 25 years. He is director of the marketing consultancy It's Just Possible , which he founded in 2011 and

is currently working as a mentor with Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

offering support to individuals looking to come off benefit and establish their

own business. Pete says "PAW's work in Mwabi is making a huge difference to the environment, conservation and the economy in this region of Malawi. Their achievements to date are astonishing and inspirational and I'm hoping to use my skills and experience to build on these successes in the future."


Fiona Allen Fiona Allen

Born close to Manchester, actress and comedienne Fiona Allen is best known for the series Smack The Pony. She has also starred in Coronation Street , Dalziel and Pascoe, and Goodness Gracious Me.  Fiona and her family are very interested in our plans to bring back the black rhino.

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The Rt Hon the Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale 


Jack McConnell MSP was the longest serving First Minister of Scotland before he took his seat in the House of Lords on 28th June 2010. He is keen to promote the Scotland Malawi Partnership and has helped with school twinning, being particularly interested in our education and training work.

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Stephen TompkinsonStephen Tompkinson


Stephen Tompkinson is our newest PAW ambassador. He has featured in many TV shows, notably BallykissangelDrop The Dead Donkey, and Wild at Heart . He starred in The Revenger's Tragedy at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre and further series of Wild at Heart in 2009 and 2011, as well as completing a hot air balloon flight over Africa in February 2009. This trip demonstrated his love of all things African and he is very interested in our environmental protection work.

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Helen Brzozowski Helen Brozozowski

Helen Brzozowski is also a Director of arc4. Her work as a Trustee is based around her desire to help people to help themselves, to support families and to see the environment put to best use for everyone now and in the future.

Helen's background is in social housing and social enterprise and she is also keen to see Mwabvi used as a fundraiser and economic opportunity both for conservation and the rural economy.

Katy Scholfield

Katy Schofield

Katy Scholfield is a PhD student based at Manchester University and in Rwanda. She has studied the funding programmes worldwide for conservation organisations and is now researching for her PhD within the conservation environment.

Katy is keen to make sure that we are aware of current conservation techniques and understand the research and work of our colleagues in Malawi.

Dave Start with Kate


Dave Start is an archaeologist by profession and has both worked with and led teams discovering and recording historic sites across England and the Orkneys.  Dave is currently Director of the Heritage Trust for Lincolnshire, member of the Institute of Field Archaeologist and trustee of a number of historical societies including the Joseph Banks Foundation and Vice Chair of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.  The author and editor of a number of books on his subject, Dave is passionate about our heritage.  He is enthusiastic about the opportunities for Africa where he believes a remarkable heritage remains largely unrecorded.  Dave believes archaeology is primarily about people and when he travelled to Mwabvi in 2010 he most enjoyed meeting the local people, and returned an enthusiastic supporter of PAW's work there.

Julie ' Blondie' Howlett 

Julie 'Blondie' Howlett is a 53 year old who fell in love with Africa and conservation many years ago.  She is passionate about wildlife in its natural state.


Every year Blondie holds a sale and collection for PAW in her local village.

David Cumberland

1949 - 2010

David Cumberland

David Cumberland died on 3rd October at home after being diagnosed with cancer in July.


David was the third of the arc4 Directors involved with PAW and the Honorary Secretary and Treasurer.


As an economist David was keen to see PAW use a business like approach, to offer transparency and accountability for the Trust's work and to maximise the amount of funds that go to Mwabvi.


As well as being a staunch supporter of PAW David was also a keen birdwatcher, and to honour his memory the new observation hide currently being constructed at Mwabvi will be named after him.


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