Our Team


Dean Buchanan

Ba BArch MSc - Architect

Dean Buchanan established his architectural practice in London in 1987. Over thirty years he designed a series of major buildings including commercial offices and luxury hotels. In 2004 he and his family witnessed first-hand the effects of the Tsunami in Sri Lanka. This roused his interest in trying to help poor and vulnerable children which led to establishing DATUM FOUNDATION. In 2016 Dean took early retirement to allow more time to work on the charity’s projects. As Trustee he has used his experience in building design and project management to construct schools and clinics across SE Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Stephen Bishop

LLB Law - Solicitor

Stephen Bishop founded Bishop & Sewell LLP Solicitors, a Central London law firm,  in 1979.  Having met Dean Buchanan some 25 year ago through business contacts and was privileged in being asked to become a Trustee of Datum Foundation and being able to contribute to the charity with his legal experience and contacts. Stephen is passionate about providing education and health care to poor and disadvantaged children in the world.

Elsa Buchanan

Ba Ba - Journalist

Elsa Buchanan is a multilingual news reporter and communications professional who has reported from dozens of countries in the Middle East, South America and Africa. Previously on Newsweek Media Group's Africa news desk, Elsa now helps deliver successful awareness campaigns for the NGO sector to promote awareness of security, human rights, and health issues in Sub-Saharan Africa among the public, social institutions, NGOs, and governments. Having been involved with DATUM since its launch, Elsa uses her cross-cultural context experience to work with staff throughout the world to ensure effective collaboration and successful delivery of projects, including awareness campaigns and coordinating emergency responses.