Meet the team

Sinatra Matimelo – CEO


Sinatra is based in Pietermaritzburg and is E3’s CEO. He is very hands on in managing and supporting our partnerships. Sinatra developed and is leading E3’s Church and Community Transformation training programme, and he regularly visits our partners and helps with project design and development. He is currently a PhD candidate and his research on “the contribution churches can make to improve the health and wellbeing of communities” led him to engage in community-based research in Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, Lesotho and the USA.

Before E3, Sinatra was a banker and then went on to serve as Scripture Union Travelling Secretary for Northern Zambia. He then pursued his Bachelor of Theology Degree, and then served as a Church Pastor in Zambia for seven years. In 2002, Sinatra moved to South Africa to study a Masters Degree in Theology and Development. He served as School Principal of Gateway Christian School in Pietermaritzburg for six years. Sinatra is currently on the Pastoral Team at Kings Community Church. He is married to Audrey and they have two children.

Sharon Swartz – Assistant

Sharon was a School Principal’s Assistant for the past 26 years. She has always enjoyed whatever roles God has placed her in, and is now assistant to Sinatra Matimelo (E3 CEO), based in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. She loves being part of E3 and testifies to what a blessing the Back to School programme is to many children. Sharon is married to Greg and has two daughters, one of whom is married with two children, Amy and Alonso. 

Sarah Smith – Marketing and Fundraising

Sarah works part-time for E3 Initiative, developing our offline and online marketing activities. After studying International Business with French at Aston University, she worked in Marketing at Bible Society, and has since also worked for Redcliffe College, Habitat for Humanity and SAT-7. Sarah has a passion for making a difference through her work and specialises in charity marketing. She is actively involved in her local church and is a Traidcraft distributor. She is married to Matt and has two sons.

Trevor Finlay - Chairman

Trevor was brought up and lives in Northern Ireland. Having graduated from Queen’s University with a BEng Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering, he spent 9 years working in the manufacturing sector before founding his own company, Vision Asset Finance, in 1999. In 2006, Trevor travelled to Kenya to see the work of E3 Initiative in action, and has been an advocate and supporter ever since. He is also a board member of New Irish Arts, a Christian charity seeking to present the gospel through music and the arts. Trevor is active within his local church at Causeway Coast Vineyard, is married to Sonya and has two grown-up daughters.

Dr Monique Andersson - Founder

Monique is a medical doctor who specialises in virology and HIV medicine. She has worked in the UK and South Africa where she was born and raised. Monique has seen the devastating impact of the HIV and AIDS pandemic on her native continent and co-founded EngageHIV Foundation (now E3 Initiative) to help provide an integral Christian response to the problem of HIV.

Andrew Davisson
 - Treasurer

Having graduated with a BSc First Class Honours in Statistics from The University of Bath, Andrew started his career with the global investment bank Salomon Brothers. He spent 17 years in the world’s financial markets as a trader and investor and co-founded Strategic Asset Management Ltd (SAM), a Bermuda-based investment management company. In 1995 Andrew left SAM to pursue personal interests. He was the Founder and Chairman of Entrust Foundation (now E3 Initiative). He has been married to Monique since 1994 and they have two daughters.

Andy Fearon


Andy is Cumbria born and bred and for many years he worked in the family business of market gardeners. Andy became a Christian in a Night Club in Carlisle at the age of 19. He went on to train at both Capernwray Bible School and International Christian College in Scotland. Andy has been involved with different aspects of Christian leadership for around 20 years. When working on staff at Causeway Coast Vineyard Church, Andy first met Tre, Trevor and Sinatra. His first trip to South Africa was in September 2013 and Africa is certainly now part of his heart. He leads Carlisle Vineyard with his wife Rhoda and they have two children.

Richard Meryon


After 30 years in the Royal Navy, during which he became a Christian, Richard was then called in 1999 to leave the Navy and head up Christian Vision for Men (CVM), encouraging and modelling outreach to men across Britain. In the years that followed, his experience and expertise enabled this charity to grow twenty-fold. After ten years, Richard felt it was time to move on from CVM, and with his wife, Rosalind, then directed the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem, an important historical and spiritual site. From 2015, they are back in the UK, seeking God’s plan for their next chapter. They have three grown-up children and one grandchild.

Tre Sheppard

As the front man of the Christian rock band Onehundredhours, Tre founded EngageHIVAIDS.com in partnership with E3 Initiative. Tre is an advocate for the work and a fundraiser, as well as serving as a Trustee. He is a well-known speaker at events, including Soul Survivor, Summer Madness and New Wine. Based in Northern Ireland, Tre works as a producer/songwriter from his studio and is part of the leadership team of Causeway Coast Vineyard. He also works as a strategist and consultant for various clients in the music industry and business sector. Tre is married to Tori and they have a son and a daughter.

Matt and Karen Glynn


Following a trip to South Africa and Kenya to see the work of E3 in 2011, Matt and Karen felt called to play a part and help direct the North American arm of E3 Initiative. Matt serves as Chair of the US Board. Matt and Karen own an electrical contracting firm that is known for integrity and quality work in Plymouth Ma, and they attend the Calvary Chapel of Cape Cod where they have been active members in leadership for over 12 years. Many of their interests lie in organizations for children. Matt has been teaching young people at church for over 10 years and before that worked with Lutheran children. They are also very involved with the Boys and Girls clubs of Plymouth, where they live. They have been married for over 30 years and have one son, Joshua. Matt and Karen are avid Boston Red Sox fans!

Tori Sheppard


Tori Sheppard came to the UK with her husband Tre in 1993.  Based in Northern Ireland since 2006 with Tre and their two, Tori delights in leading the Women’s Ministry for Causeway Coast Vineyard, which also includes overseeing the not-for-profit shop, ‘Hope and Gloria Emporium’, in Coleraine. Having been one of the founders of the Factory Community with ‘Youth with a Mission’ England and toured worldwide with the band, Onehundredhours, for 12 years (singing and song writing), she has spent much of her life in ministry and mission. Tori especially loves to empower women to step into a life of all that God has for them.

Tre Sheppard


EngageHIVAIDS.com in partnership with E3 Initiative. Tre is an advocate for the work and a fundraiser, as well as serving as a Trustee. He is a well-known speaker at events, including Soul Survivor, Summer Madness and New Wine. Based in Northern Ireland, Tre works as a producer/songwriter from his studio and is part of the leadership team of Causeway Coast Vineyard. He also works as a strategist and consultant for various clients in the music industry and business sector. Tre is married to Tori and they have a son and a daughter.

Andrew Davisson - Chairman

Having graduated with a BSc First Class Honours in Statistics from The University of Bath, Andrew started his career with the global investment bank Salomon Brothers. He spent 17 years in the world’s financial markets as a trader and investor and co-founded Strategic Asset Management Ltd (SAM), a Bermuda-based investment management company. In 1995 Andrew left SAM to pursue personal interests. He was the Founder and Chairman of Entrust Foundation (now E3 Initiative). He has been married to Monique since 1994 and they have two daughters.

Dr Monique Andersson
 - Founder

Monique is a medical doctor who specialises in virology and HIV medicine. She has worked in the UK and South Africa where she was born and raised. Monique has seen the devastating impact of the HIV and AIDS pandemic on her native continent and co-founded EngageHIV Foundation (now E3 Initiative) to help provide an integral Christian response to the problem of HIV.

Elisabeth Ling


After 14 years as a GP in the UK, Lizzie moved to South Africa in 2004 to establish E3’s work on the ground, developing partnerships with local organisations and helping to shape E3’s identity in the early years. In 2011 she passed the baton to Sinatra who has so successfully developed what Lizzie began. Now back in the UK, Lizzie is a member of St Ebbe’s Church in central Oxford where she is also part of the staff team, overseeing Women’s and Children’s Ministry.

Benson Okyere-Manu


Benson is currently the Director of Newfrontier AIDS Trust (NAT) that he founded in 2005 and Director of the Community Care Project (CCP) which he co-founded in 1999, both with whom E3 has partnered in the past. He has worked in the field of HIV and AIDS since 1997 and also helped co-found the ESSA Christian AIDS Programme (ECAP) in 1998. He motivates churches, schools and communities around the world to get involved in the fight against the HIV pandemic. Benson developed the Development Track of the Evangelical Seminary of Southern Africa (ESSA) in 1998 and became the Development Studies Coordinator and lectured in the track from 1998 to 2004 and in 2011 became a visiting lecturer. Benson holds a BSc. Chemistry (Hons) (Ghana) and LTh, BTh (Hons), MTh, PhD (Theology and Development) (South Africa).

Sinatra Matimelo – CEO
Sharon Swartz – Assistant
Sarah Smith – Marketing & Fundraising
Trevor Finlay – Chairman
Andrew Davisson – Chairman & Treasurer
Tre Sheppard – Trustee
Tori Sheppard – Trustee
Dr Monique Andersson – Founder
Richard Meryon – Trustee
Andy Fearon – Trustee
Matt & Karen Glynn – Trustees
Elisabeth Ling – Trustee
Benson Okyere-Manu – Trustee