Our Board and Policies
STEKAskills is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) and has charitable status under the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (charity number SC048889). Here's our constitution
If you'd like to get involved with STEKAskills, please let us know. Anyone who shares our aims and values is welcome. You don't have to give up much time - just come along to events or share our stories; or if you'd like to do an event, we'd be delighted to help and provide resources.
We take our safeguarding and equal opportunities very seriously . To see our policies please click here:
Our report and accounts are here
Emma Wood (Chair) first visited STEKA in 2016. Engaged by the knowledge, capability, energy and vision of Godknows and Helen Maseko (STEKA’s founders and parents) as well as the high self-esteem, ambitious and positive outlook of the STEKA young people, she started to campaign to support the STEKA vision to build a Centre for Vocational Skills and Community Enterprise. STEKA resident, Sandra Ndale, lived with Emma and her family for 6 months in 2017 so she could take up a scholarship at QMU; and Gift Thompson will live with them for 8 months each year until until May 2022 whilst he studies on a QMU scholarship.
Dr Lisa Carter (Secretary) is Associate Clinical Director of Lothian Unscheduled Care Service (out of hours GP provider) and Primary Care Lead for Quality in NHS Lothian.
Gary Zoltie (Treasurer) originally trained as a Chartered Accountant and after qualifying joined a large international brewing company working in senior finance roles over a period of 18 years. He then worked as Finance Director for several other businesses in the FMCG food and drinks sector. He now runs his own property investment and development business in Edinburgh. He is also a mentor to young entrepreneurs setting up in business and is Chairman of the Finance Council at St John The Evangelist Church in Portobello.
Sally Hinchliffe and her partner built their own business from scratch (Bondgate Bakery in Otley, Yorkshire). Sally was inspired by her visit to STEKA in 2016 and has supported STEKAskills ever since.
Dr Blessings Kachale is part of a Malawian diaspora group in Edinburgh, her PhD is based on the experiences of young and marginalised groups in Malawi (and she works with NGOs in African countries and Scotland).
Lisa Luhanga, is a Lecturer in Nursing at QMU, she worked for 5 years with VSO in Malawi, lecturing student nurses and midwives at Mzuzu University, working in Mzuzu & St John’s College of Nursing, she has strong connections with the Malawian diaspora and her husband’s family lives in Malawi.
Godknows and Helen Maseko are STEKA's inspirational founders and parents. They are described in more detail throughout these pages,
Gift Thompson (21) joined the STEKA family when he was 14. He is now studying QMU's BA(Hons) Public Sociology which focusses on community capacity building to bring about social change. He will graduate in July 2022 when he intends to take a leadership role for the STEKA Centre for Vocational Skills and Community Enterprise to help ensure future succession.