Our Team


Sonia Newhouse – Executive Director 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.



Rita Año Olivera – Director of  Project Coordination

Rita has been an integral part of the Living Heart 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’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.