Starfish Asia (UK)
Mike and Kerstin Wakely – Founders
Mike and Kerstin Wakely worked in Christian voluntary service in Pakistan for ten years. In 2003 they founded Starfish Asia in response to the urgent need to provide education and hope for Pakistan’s Christian children. Mike is the Executive Trustee pro tem, and will soon be recruiting further leadership to take the charity into the future.
Kerstin was originally the only administrator and treasurer but has gradually transferred responsibilities to Margaret Robson (Mags). She continues to communicate with our supporters and also writes the monthly prayer bulletin.
Mags Robson – Administrator
Mags was born in Lahore, Pakistan, and grew up in Karachi where her father established and ran Zor Engineers for many years. She came to Britain in 1983 to go to University and then worked as a civil engineer for ten years, before taking a break to raise her family.
She volunteered to help with the administration in January 2017 and become an ever more vital part of our small team, working closely with Kerstin. She is retiring from Starfish Asia in October 2020 and her place will be taken by Mrs Liz Ellis.
William Ottinah – Accountant
William Ottinah (ACCA Affiliate) joined us in 2011. He supports us every month to make sure that our accounts are kept in good order.
William came from Ghana in 1999 and passed his ACCA final exam in 2015
Starfish Asia (UK) Trustees:
Mr. Devin Scobie (Chairman), Scottish Public Affairs professional – Caledonia Public Affairs Limited.
Ms. Marjorie Murphy, former Director of Mission & Evangelism in the Anglican Communion
Dr. Stephen Curran, Education Director of AE Tuition (https://aetuition.co.uk)
Mr. Michael Wakely, Starfish Asia founder and Executive Trustee
Mr. Rob Bavington, Community Social worker, based in Bradford.
Mr. Colin Wrigley OBE, Former Principal of Karachi Grammar School, Pakistan
Starfish Asia (Singapore) Ltd
Starfish Asia (Singapore) Ltd is a registered company limited by guarantee that manages funds given for educational projects in Pakistan.
Geraldine is a teacher by profession and worked for many years in early childhood education in Singapore.On retirement she developed her interest in the plight of Pakistan’s children, with a special focus on the value of education to reduce poverty. Starfish Asia (Singapore) Ltd is a registered company limited by guarantee that manages funds given for educational projects in Pakistan. She lived for several years in Pakistan as a voluntary Christian worker and is familiar with the needs.
Starfish Asia (USA)
Starfish Asia (USA ) is registered in the State of Ohio, and tax exempt under section 501(c)(3). The main office is in the State of Georgia.
Starfish Pakistan was registered as a Trust in Pakistan in 2003, and operates completely independently from Starfish Asia
Starfish Pakistan is based in Lahore, and is run by Anser Javed, the Chief Executive Officer of Starfish Pakistan. He is supported by his wife Kashi, and a staff team of around 7 dedicated and hardworking individuals.
Anser and Kashi Javed
Anser became Director of Starfish Pakistan in 2012. He was born in Karachi (Pakistan’s southern coastal mega-city) in 1978, son of a family of labourers. His mother was a street sweeper and his father worked in the sanitary department cleaning drains. Thanks to the sacrifice of his mother, the help of the Salvation Army hostel, where he spent much of his childhood, and his own ambition, he gained a BA and went on to pursue a degree in school management at the Agha Khan University, Karachi.
After 8 years as Administrator of the Holy Shepherd School in north Karachi, during which he increased student numbers from 200 to 650, he was invited to become national Director of Starfish Pakistan.