Mark Topley
Mark is the CEO of Bridge2Aid (, and is responsible for delivering their strategy both in the UK and Tanzania. Since January 2006 he has been working and living in Mwanza developing operations in East Africa more extensively, and became CEO in January 2010.

As CEO Mark feels privileged to lead a talented and committed team. Working with both paid and unpaid staff in East Africa and the UK his job involves meeting the many volunteers and fundraisers who are part of the B2A family. Mark thoroughly enjoys his role as CEO is and feels very fortunate to have a job that makes a difference, achieving something he believes in and having the opportunity to live on the beautiful continent of Africa.

Entries by Mark Topley

World Oral Health Day: Billions Are Still Suffering - And Some Dying - From 'Tooth Decay'

(1) Comments | Posted 19 March 2015 | (21:16)

The annual World Oral Health Day comes up again this Friday.

If like me, you're not a dentist, your response may well be 'so what?' Given the level of other diseases we hear about, like ebola, that reaction is understandable. So why is oral health important, when there's...

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Voluntourism - Who Is Responsible?

(0) Comments | Posted 16 April 2014 | (11:54)

Last week a Blog Post on volunteering appeared in my Facebook feed which has had me thinking.

Whilst I don't agree with everything the author writes, it's a very thought provoking post, and one which strikes a chord with me in a number of areas. It's passionate....

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Surely People Don't Die From a Toothache?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 March 2013 | (23:46)

Dying from simple dental decay might seem impossible, but on the eve of World Oral Health Day Mark Topley points out that - in some parts of the world - it is all too common.

I run a British dental health NGO out in Tanzania....

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We Need Volunteers, but Not Knee Jerk Reaction

(1) Comments | Posted 4 December 2012 | (23:00)

Today is International Volunteers Day. An organisation like ours is almost entirely reliant on volunteers. Ever since I began working with Bridge2Aid, a dental health charity in east Africa which I joined in 2003 - doing almost every job imaginable - I've been amazed at how...

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Why We Need 'Intelligent Compassion' Overseas

(0) Comments | Posted 22 March 2012 | (10:47)

Too much aid, and volunteering in particular, is directed by simplistic sympathy and not enough intelligent compassion, argues charity boss Mark Topley

Time and again in the NGO world we face problems which seem to demand instant action - an "I must do something!" moment. All too often we rush headlong...

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