It is with great sadness that we learnt that Murdoch Gatward had passed away on Monday the 16th September, after a long period of illness.

Murdoch had retired from his role as Director at Imani Enterprise Ltd and CEO of the Imani Development Foundation, but left a strong legacy at Imani.

He spent over 27 years managing different development programmes in Eastern and Southern Africa. Murdoch was instrumental in leading the design and implementation of the Cafédirect producer support and development programme for producers in Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Upon his return from Africa, He set up Imani Enterprise Limited in Oban in 2003 and continued working with UK buyers and NGOs, and developed markets and livelihoods expertise which the team continues to use today.

A registered social auditor, Murdoch was passionate about SMEs and fair trade as tools for development and poverty eradication. He supported the development of the Social Enterprise Academy in Africa, which is thriving. He was a mentor for many throughout his career, both directly and through his programme work.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to wife Carole, his children Iain and Helen, his grandchildren and extended family. We have lost a great leader and a dear friend here at Imani Development.

In memory of Murdoch Gatward, his commitment to social enterprise and his passion for development in Africa, Social Enterprise Academy Africa, a partnership between the Social Enterprise Academy Scotland and Imani Development, has established the Murdoch Coaching Fund.

For more information on how to make a contribution towards this, please get in touch here