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The Team

We are a dynamic team with vast experience working with charities and development organisations. We have extensive local connections in Jamaica and Tobago and we are committed to providing the best experience and service for our volunteers.​

We work closely with our partners and volunteers through a process based on shared principles, collaboration, mutual trust and respect for the environment. We make a positive contribution to the communities served by our programmes at every stage.

We also have local staff in both Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago who work with us whenever our programmes take place.

 

Meet the team

Jade Whyne

Founder & Managing Director

Jade, having Caribbean roots, has always been determined to give back to the region. She has a BA in International Development and an MA in Caribbean and Latin American studies. Jade has experience working with NGOs and charities creating and delivering programmes concerned with preventing violence, sexual health, and teaching life skills to local communities and target groups. She is responsible for the overall management of the organisation, with direct involvement in locating new projects and overseeing volunteer recruitment.

Diane Watkins

Communications Advisor

Diane has extensive experience in the field of communications and oversees the V2 website and publicity material. Through her employment with Salford University, she worked on economic development projects within Greater Manchester. Most recently, Diane has worked for Microsoft, providing content for internal and external communications.  She sees her role with V2 as an opportunity to give back globally.

Yvette Allen

Projects Manager

Yvette has dual citizenship with the UK and Trinidad & Tobago. She has extensive experience in education and is currently pursuing a doctorate in the field. Her portfolio includes school-based work, youth intervention programmes and parents training programmes. Yvette’s role in V2 is an extension of the work she has started in establishing and developing links between the UK and Trinidad & Tobago.

Lauren O’Donnell

Marketing Officer

Lauren is currently studying for an MSc at University College London whilst working for V2.  She is interested in ethical and sustainable development in the Caribbean and Latin America and the relationship between mass tourism and inequality.  She is also passionate about education and spent two years working as an English teacher in Madrid, and one day wishes to develop educational outreach programmes in the Global South.