Our Team


Sonia Newhouse – Founder of Living Heart Peru

Sonia has led a small team in the initial years using her experiences in nutrition, organic gardening and business to create an innovative and successful NGO through collaboration, integrity and passion. Her previous experience in recognizing where there was a human need, researching, initiating and developing businesses has given her the required skills to set up a successful cafe and NGO. This, linked with her tenacity to make any project she starts a success is the reason Living Heart is recognized  across this area of Peru and growing worldwide, as an NGO with a difference.


                               Io Sophia Gillhuber – Executive Director of Living Heart Peru

In 2015 Io Sophia took over the leadership of Living Heart Peru and manages its projects with her  extensive   experience in the NGO sector, as well as in the fields of social work, rural development, natural resource management, public relations and international communication. Io Sophia, turned her focus to international development cooperation and has been committed in different NGOs and national and international organizations for 10 years. Her mission is helping people to help themselves, while always respecting their culture and customs,their self-identified needs, visions and desires. She believes in potential of the people in remote areas in the Peruvian Andes, first of all represented by its children and its unique knowledge, to overcome disparity.

Rita Año Olivera – Director of  Health

Rita has been an integral part of the Living Heart Peru team since 2008. She is a qualified nurse who specializes in nutrition and women’s sexual health. Born in the mountains and raised in the Sacred Valley, Rita boasts an extensive knowledge of natural remedies, local plants & herbs, organic gardening and harvesting – to mention but a few of her many talents. As a fluent native Quechua-speaker Rita is now Living Heart Peru’s primary liaison with the communities and instrumental in helping us to set up new projects and monitor progress.


Susanna Webber – Trustee of UK Registered Charity Living Heart

Susanna Webber is a key member of the UK Board of Trustees and helps to run our UK Registered Charity, Living Heart. Susanna is a professional photographer and actively helps to fundraise by selling her range of blank photographic greeting cards called andean images and trades as susanna price images.