Jared is the vision bearer of the AndGate Foundation. An aircraft engineer with immense contribution to the world of aviation. Other than the AndGate foundation, Jared is a board member in the International Federation of airworthiness and the organization's vice president for the African region "My dream for AndGate was a unique one! In my quest to further my education, I ended up getting help from people who could not even pronounce my name.
I met Professor Roger Wootton at the City University of London who helped shaped my life to date. My first contact with Roger was along the stairs to the main reception at the university, it was my first time and I asked him if he could guide me to the administration office where I could make inquiries on aircraft engineering courses. He gladly accepted and took me through an almost 200 m walk to the administration office. Little did I know that the man walking with me was actually the course director that I needed to ultimately see. He humbly ushered me to the administration office, where I found a queue of 2 people ahead of me. When my turn came, two admin ladies, Chloe and Kate broke into laughter and Chloe told me, "you just walked in with him, do you want to see him one more time?" I said yes! I met Roger finally in his office, he struggled a lot to pronounce my surname and the laughter continued. He took me through the course requirements and I got admitted and that was the beginning of life-changing moments with him. Roger instilled a winning mentality in me. When I was almost giving up at the university due to school fees, he made me apply for the AJ Walter scholarship which was an open advert worldwide essay writing competition. I wrote the best essay thanks to Roger and I won the sponsorship!
During the award ceremony at the Company’s new Group headquarters near Gatwick Airport in London, Boris Wolstenholme, CEO of AJW Aviation struggled to pronounce my surname, just like Roger did. My university fee was paid by people who couldn’t even pronounce my name, let alone knowing me or any of my family members! Roger made me pick on my list of favorite thesis topic, and it became my best, that was Roger Wootton ! When I went to thank him for his support on the scholarship, he told me not to thank him but to instead pass on the baton. This is how AndGate foundation came to be. May the soul of this great scholar, mentor and personal friend Roger Wootton rest in peace! In his spirits we have AndGate foundation today, so long live Roger Wootton!"
Julian is a Board Member of the AndGate Foundation. He has previously been a Management Consultant for 8 years when he focused on making positive change for Energy, Water and Infrastructure companies, and is now the Co-Founder of GoBoat London with the mission to make the waters accessible to all.
“I am committed to making the world a better place through education and the work of the AndGate Foundation. Whilst growing up I was fortunate to have had excellent education through School and University. Along the way, I learned from some fantastic teachers and met some wonderful people who continue to inspire me. Education can sometimes be taken for granted by some, but for others, it is elusive and unaffordable. When I met Jared, his story and aspirations inspired me. To help fund education for children who would otherwise be unable to afford it is a great cause. Many of us have been supported in our own lives through education, and to be able to pay it forward onto the next generation is an honor and of great importance. The work of the AndGate Foundation changes the lives of children, their families, and generations to come and is an incredibly valuable investment for our future.”