Andrew Macnaughton joined Onaway in 2013 after a full career in the Army from which he brought experience in governance and project management. Has has been privileged to travel through jungles in central America and Borneo, across the Sahara and Sahel, and in the Arctic. He values the the light tread of indigenous peoples on the earth and their right to walk their own path. He believes the richness of their cultures adds greatly to the texture and vividness of life. As we drift further away from a connection with the earth, he believes that we cannot afford to lose those who have an ancient and distinctive understanding of our relationship with the environment.
Andy Breslin sees the acculturation of indigenous peoples as nothing less than bullying by the dominant, western culture. Believing that all people have a right to exist on their own terms, Andy engaged with Onaway in 1975. He worked as a volunteer during the first five years of the charity’s foundation; researching and visiting projects - during which he lived with traditional people and took part in many of their sacred ceremonies - writing articles for the Onaway newsletter, and using his communication skills to promote Onaway causes to audiences in the U.K.
With a masters degree in communications, Andy rose in the communications profession to become the creative director of a leading advertising agency and, subsequently, a recognised consultant on branding. However, Andy continued to support Onaway and in 1990 he was invited to become a trustee of the charity - a position he has been proud to hold ever since.
David Watters has worked with The Onaway Trust since 1995. He has visited Palestinian refugee camps and North American Indians tiospayes - extended communities, as well as many regions in India. He began as a Trainee Trust Administrator then was quickly promoted to Trust Administrator due to his hard work and tireless dedication to our cause.