About

Board of Trustees

Medsin-UK has been a registered charity since 2005 (Registered Charity Number 1111824), and is hence legally obliged to have a Board of Trustees. Initially, the National Committee served as the Board of Trustees, but in 2010 the Medsin Network voted to appoint an external board, comprising professionals with experience in finance and law as well as a wide range of global health expertise. Our Board of Trustees now works closely with the National Committee in overseeing the running of the network. Alongside being legally accountable for Medsin’s work to the Charity Commission, the board has three main priority areas: governance, sustainability and mentorship. If you have any queries for the Board of Trustees, please contact them on trustees@medsin.org

Graham Lister, Interim Chair

I am Visiting Professor in Health and Social Care at London South Bank University and a Senior Fellow of the Graduate Institute, Geneva. I have served as Chair of the College of Health, a member of the NICE Partners Council, Buckinghamshire Health Authority and the Health Protection Agency, Global Health Technical Sub Committee. I have worked with Medsin since 2002 and currently teach global health diplomacy and advocacy to IFMSA representatives to the World Health Assembly.

A sample of my work is available at building-leadership-for-health.org.uk. I have lived and worked on aspects of health policy and management in Africa, Asia and Europe for 40 years.

 

Varuschka Nagesar

I am a South African lawyer currently working in London for a global IT consulting company specialising in contract management.  My previous work experience consists of being a research clerk to Justices in the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitution Court of South Africa, practicing corporate law in a global law firm and in-house counsel for a big South African Bank. Before moving to London I completed a social entrepreneurship diploma which gave me a deeper perspective on the challenges faced by the non-profit sector and the need for creating more self-sustaining practices within organisations.

On a more personal note, I am enjoying discovering the different things that London and the UK has to offer from the great arts & culture to the beautiful places and people.  

 

Charlie Jones, Treasurer

I am a Chartered ACA Accountant and have worked in finance since beginning my career at PricewaterhouseCoopers twelve years ago. I now run a financial recruitment business which aims to bring a higher level of accountancy knowledge to the traditional recruiting process.

My role as Treasurer on the board of trustees is to oversee the finance process in the charity, to advise on the preparation of accounts and forecasts, and to mentor Medsin members who have responsibility at all levels for the management of money in the organisation.

Outside of work I enjoy long distance running; a great excuse to get away from everything and spend some time in the quiet.

 

 

David Webber

In my day job I am currently between roles, having most recently been the Director of HR, Finance and Internal Services at the Workers’ Educational Association.  In this capacity I worked closely with members, volunteers and trustees and was involved in many funding bids.

Since my training as a teacher and through my work in HR and change management I have been committed to enabling people. This is evident through my many roles relating to personal and organisation development. I was delighted to be appointed as Trustee of Medsin, where I hope to use my skills and experience in building the organisation’s sustainability and am also a Trustee of the village Community Association, which promotes organisations committed to education.

In my personal life I’m married to Diane and we have four children with ages ranging from 22 to 14. I’m a Manchester United supporter and my other interests range from quizzes to bird watching. I’m also heavily involved with my local church.

Layth Hanbali, ex-officio

I am a Foundation Doctor working in South West London, having graduted from UCL where Medsin became a way of life for a few years. I was National Director for 2015/16, and was in previous years Regional Coordinator for the South East and Branch President at UCL. I studied a Global Health BSc in the middle of my medicine degree and intend to work in global/public health in the future.

Jamie Scuffell

I am a foundation doctor at working in hospitals in Surrey for the next two years. I studied Medicine in Sheffield, and did an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I became involved in Medsin in my second year of study, as a committee member locally and nationally, and as the national coordinator of Crossing Borders UK, a migrant health student organisation, for several years. I am looking foward to contributing knowledge of the Medsin network to the Board, and working to support the National Committee.

In my spare time I enjoy cycling, walking, playing the piano, and computing projects.

Karthick Selvakumar

I am currently a junior doctor working in Royal Blackburn Hospital. Since my first week of medical school, Medsin’s motto, at that time, when I heard it, "A world where health is a universally realised human right" made me wonder why inequalities exist and we can solve health inequalities all together. This sparked the start of journey into international health that I will take, without a doubt, for the rest of my life. I’m hoping to do international health work through working with NGOs before, during and after my GP training here in the UK.

As a trustee, I hope to be a mentor for anyone who needs support after had many roles in Medsin, spread the enthusiasm Medsin brings to people in areas of global health through writing out of couple of policies myself and tell more people about the different projects that go on in Medsin. In my spare time, I like to spend time with nature, meditate, read, travel and do some running.

Daniela Valdes

Daniela currently works for the NHS in the development of Population Health Strategies for Health and Social care in London. With a background in Development Economics, and studies in Global Healthcare from Harvard School of Public Health, Daniela has worked for Deloitte, the World Bank and Academia, both nationally and internationally. She acknowledges the revolutionary element behind the belief of healthcare for all and healthcare as a right. She has seen first-hand how solving health problems can lead to socioeconomic development and greater welfare for those who deserve it the most. Conversely, she is aware of how the socioeconomic determinants of health, together with the configuration of health systems, might lead to unnecessary loss of life.

Stephen Matlin

I am an Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, London and a Senior Fellow in the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. I have worked in academia as a Professor of Biological Chemistry, in the Commonwealth Secretariat as Director of the health and education division, as Executive Director of the Global Forum for Health Research in Geneva and in diverse roles in non-governmental organizations concerned with health, development and equity.

As a Trustee, my aim is to use my knowledge of global health issues and experience of working in international settings to help Medsin develop as an organization and to expand its reach and impact.

I live in London and my wife and I fill our spare time with travel and enjoying the theatre, art, architecture and our grandchildren.

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