Margaret Sentamu

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Born and raised in Uganda, East Africa, Margaret Sentamu read Literature in English at Makerere University, Kampala and taught for a short while before coming to the UK in the early 1970s with her husband, John Sentamu. "She took time out to raise the family (they have four children), and worked on a voluntary basis mainly in the church and church-related mission agencies.

"For a number of years she was on the staff of the Archbishops' Council heading up the Recruitment and Selection process for trainee clergy. From there she was appointed Principal Consultant and Head of Diversity at Odgers & Berndtson, an International executive search firm. Margaret is currently working freelance as a diversity management and recruitment consultant in the private, public and third Sector, helping employers to embed diversity practices in their organisations.

"Margaret brings a breadth of experience from serving on various governing bodies and councils and as a trustee of a number of charities, including Traidcraft plc. She is patron of a number of charities and President of Mildmay International (HIV/Aids charity). She is interested in and understands what makes for good governance and effective leadership, and the benefits of embracing difference and enabling full participation at all levels.

"Margaret's interests are mainly in the areas of health, education and alleviating poverty, particularly in the Global South. Both she and the Archbishop are enrolled members of the Mothers Union which is about demonstrating the Christian faith in action by the transformation of communities worldwide through the nurture and support of the family in its many forms. She has an MA in Adult Education with Theology and is keenly sought out as a public speaker." [1]


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  1. Margaret Sentamu, organizational web page, accessed November 20, 2013.