I admire the vision Christine has and the people that share that vision...who are making a difference through education.

Siobhan Lynch, Woman's Team 2017

Meet the team

Dr Christine Burnett


Christine is our inspirational CEO and Founder.


Christine is passionate about bringing young people from N. Ireland and India on Transformational Journeys where they discover their own value and worth and that they can change the world through working together.

Her greatest joy is meeting with girls from remote tribal communities who, though the Saphara Girl Champions programme, realise their unique God-given potential. 

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Jo Holland

Education Director

Jo brings a wealth of international teaching experience to her role as Education Director, having taught secondary English in Scotland, England, Australia and Bahrain.

Eight years of working with Saphara on a voluntary basis has confirmed her passion for working with disadvantaged children in India and giving Northern Irish students the opportunity to use their skills to enhance the life experiences of these young people.  

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Flo Adair

Financial Controller

Flo is our financial controller, having joined us in 2012 after working in PwC and the BBC.


She is passionate about the plight of girls in India and seeing them being released into their full God-given potential. She loves sharing this passion with teams of Irish women as she leads them on their own Journey with Purpose. 

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Paula Stronge

Education Executive

Paula is our part time Education Executive, who joined soon after beginning her own Transformational Journey in October 2017. She is also an English teacher in a local secondary school where she has worked for 20 years.

Paula feels strongly about the power of education and loves to see young people discover new talents and grow in confidence as part of a Saphara team.

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Encounter. Transform.


7 Demesne Avenue
Holywood, Co. Down
Northern Ireland
BT18 9ND

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Charity no. 104977

Created by Graham Richardson for Saphara 2019