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, firstly to Mags and now to Liz Ellis. She continues to communicate with our supporters and also writes the monthly prayer bulletin.
Rob Bavington – Chief Executive Officer
Born and brought up in Pakistan, Rob Bavington joined the Starfish Asia team in January 2021. We invited him to join us four years ago, when he was living in Sweden, but circumstances meant that it was not possible at that time. He now lives in Bradford and, having worked part-time with a local charity serving the homeless, felt it was time to move on from that to focus more on Starfish Asia. Over the years Rob has worked with Youth For Christ, and spent 17 years in Sweden where he was involved with Church Planting and working within the Swedish school system. His childhood in Karachi made a big impression on him and he has never been able to shake the desire to be involved in a country with so many possibilities yet so many challenges.
Elizabeth Ellis – Administrator
Liz Ellis has taken over as our new administrator. She grew up in Beckenham and now lives in Sevenoaks with her husband, three young daughters and Leo the Labrador. With her IT skills, experience in administration and a degree in Graphic and Media Design, Liz is an invaluable member of our team.
After nearly four years voluntary service as our administrator, Mags retired from her post on 16th October 2020. She remains with us in an advisory capacity for which we are very grateful.
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. 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 was recently taken over by Danishmand Wasti. He replaces Anser Javed as Chief Executive Officer. Anser and his wife Kashi offered 9 years of incredible service and we are grateful for their tireless contribution to so many. There is also a staff team of around 7 dedicated and hardworking individuals supporting the day-to-day running of the Pakistan office.
Danishmand and Jasmine Wasti
Danishmand became Director of Starfish Pakistan in 2021, with the support of his wife Jasmine. They have both been members of the Starfish Pakistan board, Danishmand as Chairman for five years. He served as Training Director in Campus Crusade in Karachi for 8 years, working with young people, before becoming Director of Scripture Union in Lahore. He has been in Christian ministry for 35 years and was recently ordained in the Church of Pakistan.
Jasmine is head of the Matriculation Department in a Christian school. As most of the
students are Muslims, her special passion is to support the Christian girls.