Founders and Directors

In Peru

Ruth Pacheco and Julia Crellin founded Achkiy more than 15 years ago in Lima, Peru.  

While Julia is now involved in running Achkiy in the UK, Ruth is responsible for overseeing operations in Lima. This involves training, product development, purchasing, quality control and managing the workshop, as well and looking out for the wellbeing of the women involved in Achkiy.

Ruth’s experience, enthusiasm and attention to detail ensure that Achkiy’s products continue to be of the highest quality and that they evolve to keep up with market trends.



In the UK

Julia Crellin lived in Peru for 12 years and is the co-founder of Achkiy. She is passionate about the "trade not aid" philosophy, having experienced first hand the difference that dignified work makes to people's lives. Now living in the UK, she brings a deep understanding of the challenges faced by the women in Peru.

Mark Rayner, our company secretary, has worked for 17 years as an accountant, most recently at the BBC.  Although not normally interested in jewellery, he is committed to making sure that Achkiy returns maximum profits to Achkiy Training and Development and  that it is complying with demands from all the relevant bodies.

Ruth Adams was Chief Executive of a national charity for 20 years, during which time she travelled all over the UK, motivating women to get involved in their communities and start making a difference. It was largely thanks to Ruth that this charity adopted Achkiy and pioneered the party network. Her passion, experience and vision are a great asset to our board.

Naomi Herbert spent six months working with Achkiy in 2001 and has visited several times since then. Originally trained as a metalsmith at Camberwell College of Arts, she went on to do a MSc in International Development and now oversees literacy programmes all over Africa for an international charity. Her hands on knowledge of Achkiy and her experience in overseas development are invaluable.

Rachel Lesiter visited Achkiy in Peru several years ago and has maintained an interest in the project ever since. She used to run a publishing company in London and has extensive experience in managing people and in keeping a vision alive. Rachel is becoming more involved in the day-to-day running of Achkiy and her business experience and clear thinking are already proving to be hugely beneficial.