The Team

Martin Chinga

Prior to coming to the UK, Martin was for over 10 years a Research Assistant at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD).

Educated at the University of Nairobi, Adult Education and Community Development 1998 from where he obtained a scholarship to study at the University of Manchester for a Master’s in Education (the field of Adult Education and Community based development and completed in (2001). His Further Professional training was @ University of Huddersfield, for Post Graduate Certificate in Education PGCE (2007.  After brief teaching at Hull College 2005-2017, Martin followed his passion to work in the community learning sector with disadvantaged communities in Myton Ward renamed Central Ward (Hull) 2006. He has contributed immensely in uplifting education standards of marginalised groups and he has to date continued to create engaging spaces for the deprived communities to learn new skills that provides a cohesive environment for people to live together,  share, interact and converse. He has helped to strengthen the fabric of the Hull local communities, through introducing new programmes. Martin with others pioneers the Hull  Black History Month Partnership and was its Chairman (2010 to 2015. The now famous Hull International Carnival  is his brain child which is enabling local people  making make new connections through Arts and Culture. Martin forte is  developing education and reaching disadvantaged people and giving them a second chance, language courses, basic ICT training, Job Search, Interview skills  and Employability Skills – Back to Work services and social Integration activities. He is a trained Information Advice and Guidance (1AG) & is an Employability Skills Tutor. Martin works part -time in Schools and Academies in Leeds – (14-19) years olds in Social Emotional Mental Health(SEMH) Setting. Martin has experience in engaging  people in education in deprived areas surrounded with highest density of houses where no one can speak English, and delivers projects in Arts and Culture and Healthy living activities that supports social and cultural renewal. Martin  is now on a flexible University of Arts, London, Central Saint Martin’s, Master of Arts and Cultural Enterprise 2019-2024 and has recently trained as a Arts Awards Advisor to encourage Young people participate in arts activities and improve their employability in the Creative Sector.

Peter Nicholls
Helping Lincolnshire Limited

Peter Nicholls is a retired environmental health officer, a Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Member and tutor. He studied Environmental Health at the city of Cape Town Technikon in South Africa and earned the National Diploma in Public Health and registration with the SA Medical and Dental Council. He worked in Cape Town before emigrating to the United Kingdom. As a British Citizen he worked for the London Borough of Redbridge whilst undergoing conversion training by the CIEH and was awarded the CIEH Diploma in Environmental Health (awarded once you have BSc and passed professional competence examinations and log book). He moved to Humberside and worked for Scunthorpe Borough Council which later became North Lincolnshire Council. He did a teaching course and became a CIEH tutor and taught both inhouse and at North Linsey College. His last local government posting was Barrow in Furness before retiring. During his working career he has done much charitable work and was a board member and secretary of the Forge Project Limited for 7 years before joining Voluntary Action North Lincolnshire as a board member. He currently holds directorships of two companies, Myton Community College and Helping Lincolnshire Limited.

Dr. Milton Obamba

(University of Leeds, United Kingdom)

Dr.Obamba holds the PhD in higher education policy and development from Leeds. He received his MPhil in international and comparative education from Bergen (Norway) before pursing further research training at the international level in various institutions, including University of Uppsala (Sweden), University of Amsterdam, University of Utrecht, and Leiden University (Holland). He is currently Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law where he teaches and conducts research on a range of topics related to education, public policy analysis, international development, and sustainable development. At Leeds, he is also the Academic Lead for Employability for the faculty, working with stakeholders within and outside the University to promote excellent student experience, graduate outcomes, and graduate employability.  Dr.Obamba has spent over 15 years researching and consulting on education system and development policy in developing countries, gaining an immense understanding of educational and development challenges in various developing world regions. A dynamic scholar, Dr Obamba has led orparticipated in several research and evaluation projects internationally, including across various sub-Saharan countries. In 2013, for example, Dr.Obamba provided leadership in a study commissioned by OECD to conduct a mapping of research and innovation systems and policies in Kenya, Uganda, and Ghana (see All the various research and evaluation initiatives led and completed by Dr Obamba demonstrate significant capacity and knowledge of systemic research, public policy analysis, and working with a wide range of development stakeholders and local communities to deliver impactful solutions and insights. Dr.Obamba demonstrates significant knowledge and skills in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, data analysis, and knowledge of analytic software. He is trained and well-practiced in the applications of SPSS™, NVIVO™, ATLAS, and EPPI Reviewer4™, as well as working knowledge of MS Project and PRINCE2™ project management system.

He also demonstrates working expertise in Multi-level Modelling and trained in MLwiN software in multilevel modelling at the University of Bristol Centre for Multi-Level Modelling. Dr.Obamba brings significant expertise and experience in educational and development sciences, pedagogy and training, project management, research and analytical functions, integrated stakeholder engagement and knowledge translation, as well as an in-depth understanding of student employability. All these attributes will be critical for ensuring high quality implementation and delivery of the proposed project.