Our team in the United Kingdom is quite small, consisting of our founder and CEO, four trustees, and a handful of dedicated volunteers who step forward to help with various tasks and events.


On the ground in Moldova, we support a team of 14 who deliver the aid brought in from the UK throughout the country and work and play daily with the children in Phoenix Centre.


MAD-Aid was formed in 2012. Go to How It All Started to read the background story.


Founder and CEO


MAD-Aid’s founder, Victoria Dunford, was born and raised in the Republic of Moldova, rated by the World Bank as the poorest country in Europe.  After completing her undergraduate degree and then her Masters majoring in Analytical Chemistry in Moldova, Victoria had the opportunity to go work in the United Kingdom for a year. There she soon met her future husband and decided to stay. Yet Moldova remains her home country and her first love.


Awarded Civic Medal in 2015 by the president of Republic of Moldova.


Awarded British Empire Medal in the Queen’s 2017 New Year Honour list for services to children with special needs in northern Moldova.


Author of Get MAD! The Life and Times of a Madwoman


“Changing the world starts with every single one of us.”





MAD-Aid Trustees



 Ann Lewis


Chair of the board of trustees. Retired leadership coach and former human resource director in the non-profit sector.


“MAD-Aid makes a huge difference to many people’s lives in Moldova and elsewhere by getting just the right help to just the right people. I love being part of that work.”




Peter Lewis


A chartered engineer; played a significant technical role in bringing digital TV to Europe. CEO of Receiver Research Ltd.


“Moldovan people have suffered for centuries because of political interference and occupation by other countries. Moldova has now been a free independent democracy for about a quarter of a century but it has been a struggle for them to rebuild the social fabric that the people deserve. Those of us who can help, should.”


Iurie Bivol


Born in Moldova, moved to England in 2001. Founder and CEO of Ocavia Limited and TAX Ace.


“Since joining MAD-AID I have discovered that giving is probably the most rewarding act you can do in your life; it recharges the spirit within us, which is priceless.”





Ann Barnes


Retired midwife.


An active member of the community, volunteer of Heritage Centre East Cowes and member of Isle of Wight.


A crazy idea to send redandant aid to those who need it, involved all us with good will and proved that worked.






The team in Moldova

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