MEET the team
The GECCO Board of Trustees is composed of staff members and friends of the Hadland Care Group who have so generously volunteered their support for this very worthwhile cause. Their voluntary collaboration has made it possible to establish this charity; I extend my deep appreciation to them and to the organisations that have so generously provided assistance.
As a result of the generosity of those around us, GECCO has no staff to pay, and no premises to upkeep, so the vast majority of funds raised can be invested directly into sustainability education, campaigns and the environment.
Cheryl Hadland is the Managing Director of Hadland Care Group, the umbrella company for Tops Day Nurseries, Aspire Training Team, and founder of GECCO,
Cheryl is an avid diver with many years of experience and has seen first hand the damage that plastic can cause in the ocean. After learning about how dangerous the consequences of our everyday actions can be, Cheryl founded GECCO in 2017; she went on to complete a course in Sustainable Leadership at the University of Cambridge and has been working hard to educate staff, parents, children and the community on how to become more aware of the impact of our decisions and activities.
Micah Faure is Legal Director at Hadland Care Group.
“I come from a family with strong social consciousness and values. Both my parents were very politically active in the anti-Apartheid struggle in South Africa, and they were members of the African National Congress (ANC), at significant risk to their own safety and even possible imprisonment. The desire to make the world a better place and fighting for what is just and right is deeply rooted in me and my siblings. From a young age, I was always fascinated by the natural world. Growing up in South Africa, I had the privilege of seeing and experiencing nature in its purest and untainted form. There was nothing I loved more than to visit game reserves, to see this first hand. But as I got older, I also experienced first-hand the negative impact globalisation. I have studied with interest the rise of globalisation in second and third world countries, and how it is driven the hunger for natural resources and giving us pollution in return. It is truly remarkable that I can find affordable flat pack furniture from IKEA- a Swedish company- in Southampton. But, explore convenience and affordability a little bit more and what you find are rapid deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest, exploitation, modern-day slavery and even child labour. If you consider that more than 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest (and is often called the “Lungs of the World”), it seems like we have lost perspective of what is more important. The same goes for issues such as plastics in our oceans and seas or the extinction of wildlife through poaching and trophy hunting. I used to think that my interest in the environment was just a hobby, but when I started taking courses in environmental science at university, it opened my eyes to what a terrible state our environment is in. I realised that if people like me with passion and ambition do nothing, then the environment doesn’t stand a chance. My long term goal is to be a leader in the conservation sector and use my skills and influence to achieve sustainable, positive change and being part of GECCO I genuinely believe I can accomplish this and more. GECCO started as an idea, a collaboration between the current Trustees. Many different charities do many different and wonderful things, but at GECCO we saw that many of these charities often focus on the solution rather than the cause. We also noticed that many charities are not set up in ways that include the donor in the pool of beneficiaries of their work. We set GECCO up to address these two gaps. This different way of thinking about social and environmental issues is the reason why I joined GECCO, and I am proud to be on the panel of Trustees.”
Magda Zuber is passionate about environmental issues and sees becoming part of GECCO as a great opportunity to be able to do ‘her bit’ in making our planet greener.
Magda’s background is in childcare and she is currently working in a childcare centre in Hong Kong, so she looks at all possibilities to educate the youngest generation about looking after the planet. Magda feels very emotional about the deforestation of rainforests and the animals disappearing from the earth and would like to be able to make more people aware of those global issues.
“I am a very active person, my free time is always filled with cycling, long walks or other activities. I am also passionate about vegetarian cooking and I try to grow my own, potatoes and tomatoes being the biggest success so far!”