MEET THE TEAM
Our team is spread across the globe, but we share a passion to help create a better future for women everywhere.
Murray and Ruth Larwill - Founders
Murray and Ruth have a passion for seeing young women reach their potential. In 2006, Ruth began travelling to Cambodia to conduct intermittent vocational training for young women who had suffered human rights violations. By 2008, Ruth and Murray were challenged with the belief that a full-time training program that provided the opportunity for employment was greatly needed. So in July 2009, the Larwills moved to Cambodia and the first BloomAsia Training Centre was established in Phnom Penh.
"To see a girl smile and understand that she was created for a purpose and with value is what BloomAsia is all about."
Dave Saxby, Country Director, Cambodia
Dave, along with his family, moved to Cambodia in 2012 to dedicate his life to the people of this nation. With a background in Psychology and Education, much of his career has seen him work directly with people in schools, community development programs, disability support and most recently, trauma survivors. He is committed to improving the lives of trauma-affected women and children, and was thrilled to join the Bloom family in 2016. Starting in the General Manager role of Bloom Phnom Penh, in 2018 Dave moved on to become the Country Director for Bloom in Cambodia.
"Since our move to Cambodia, I've been challenged, stretched and grown in my sense of justice and passion for people. Most of all, I'm incredibly thankful for the opportunity to make a difference in this beautiful country."
Sothea, General Manager, Phnom Penh
Sothea grew up in Battambang, in the northwest of Cambodia, and moved to Phnom Penh to study at university. She joined the Bloom team in 2011 as Assistant Administrator, before becoming the Administrator, then Assistant General Manager, and now she has taken on the role of General Manager, Phnom Penh.
Sothea's head for business and heart for people have made her a valuable asset to the Bloom team.
“I am very thankful to work and serve these amazing women. Seeing them learn to believe in themselves and giving them hope for the future is an honour”.