Medsin's National Committee comprises students from across the UK who help facilitate the functioning of the network. They are elected annually by the Medsin network at the Spring General Assembly and meet at least four times a year, as well as at Medsin's Conferences and General Assemblies. Minutes from previous National Committee meetings can be found here, and check out the events calendar for upcoming NC meetings which can be attended by any branch members.
If you would like to get in touch with anyone see below for more information about each individual member and their contact details. If you’re unsure of who to contact, email our secretary (Owen) on firstname.lastname@example.org and he will forward your query to the appropriate person.
National Directors: Felicia Yeung (LSHTM) & Lucas Scherdel (UCL)
Hi everyone, Lucas and I are delighted to be your National co-Directors this year. Our vision for this year is to ensure the sustainability of the network, particularly from a financial and human resources perspective. As we are sharing the role, Lucas's main areas of work will be on external representation, finances and our international operations; and I will be focussing more on the internal network operations and development. Alongside our Medsin duties, Lucas is also doing a part-time Masters in Philosophy, Politics & Economics of Health at UCL, and I'm doing part-time research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. If you have any questions for us at all, please feel free to pop us an email!
Director of Branch Affairs: Nathan Cantley (Belfast)
Hey everyone, my name is Nathan (or Cantz depending on who you ask). This year my aims are mainly to try and get us all more aware of what is happening around the network, to give you guys the tools and support to help you develop your branches, as well as co-ordinate a comprehensive review of all of medsin's day-to-day activities to be able to produce lovely pretty inforgraphics that you guys can use at your fresher's fairs next year!! My other job will be to support your regional coordinators to help them help you to the best of their ability. I look forward to meeting you and if you have any questions don't hesitate to send an email to email@example.com.
Director of International Affairs: Abi Deivanayagam (Newcastle)
Hi! My name is Abi and I'm the Director of International Affairs this year. I'm in 4th year studying Medicine at Newcastle uni. Most of my experience is in international advocacy in the field of LGBTQ+ health, and I'm now working as part of a students' Ebola campaign. My role is to encourage members to engage with Medsin's international work and increase access to international opportunities (e.g. through fundraising). Some international opportunities include attending international conferences, WHO internships, writing policy and joining international working groups. Any questions? Drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org
Affiliates Coordinator: Anelise Rosa (UCL)
Hi everyone! I’m Anelise and when I’m not coordinating our amazing affiliates I am attempting to make it through my third year of Natural Sciences at UCL. This year I want to ensure the maximum efficacy and potential from the relationships between Medsin and our Affiliates, including that no affiliated organisation is left struggling without Medsin support. I also want to cultivate as much hype at branch level about who Medsin’s Affiliates are and the awesome things that can be achieve through collaboration at all levels!
Global Health Education Director: Natasha Matthews (York)
My name is Natasha and I am the Global Health Education Director. I am passionate that education on global health issues is fundamental to creating real health and social reform that improves global health equity! My role is to support local Global Health Education Officers as well as manage the Global Health Education Operational Team. I will also be leading the Medsin Electives Project starting in January. There are lots of exciting new global health education projects and campaigns coming up over the next year so please email me on email@example.com if you’d like to get involved!
Policy and Advocacy Director: Gemma Bowsher (KCL)
Hey, My Name is Gemma and I'm Policy and Advocacy Director at Medsin. Policy and Advocacy is a huge part of what Medsin does in branches and nationally, so my role is to coordinate the two and make sure that we're keeping up with trends in Global Health. This can range from attending meetings at Parliament, launching a stunt for a branch campaign or writing an article for an NGO. There a loads of opportunities to get involved in this work so if you're keen then please get in touch with me.
Communications Director: Alexandra Oti (Barts)
Training Director: Stefanie Gissing (Sheffield)
I'm Stef and I'm the Training Director this year. I'm a fourth medical student at Sheffield currently intercalating in the Masters in Public Health and loving it! I love Medsin because of our members; I am constantly being inspired by the enthusiastic and talented people in the network and wanting to aid their empowerment is why I became Training Director. This year I will be building on the fantastic work of my predecessors by continuing to expand the Medsin Training network. More training will be available for Medsin and affiliate members, and likewise more training will be delivered. I will do this via advertising of training opportunities, the development of new trainers via Training New Trainers (TNT) courses, organising training at Medsin events, and offering on-demand training to those who request it. If you have any questions or enquiries about what training can do for you, your committee, your branch or your region then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Secretary: Owen Thomas (York)
Hi everyone! My name is Owen and I am the secretary for Medsin’s national committee. My role for the committee is primarily two-fold: supporting / being nosey about the National Committee in its communications and information-storing, whilst also communicating regularly with the network in close coordination with the communications director. Within the National Committee, the Secretary produces the minutes of National Committee meetings and ensures their availability to the network.
If anyone has any questions or wants to know more about anything I do, please drop me an email at email@example.com.
Finance Director: Alvin Li (Cambridge)
Alvin used to be a medical student at King's College London, but left Medicine after pre-clinicals to change the world through global social entrepreneurship, investments and nonprofits. He completed his Finance degree at Cass Business School, and is now completing his Masters in Management at the University of Cambridge
National Exchange Officer (Outgoing): Victoria Bakare (KCL)
National Exchange Officer (Incoming): Jessica Lugsdin (Newcastle)
Research Exchanges: Ben Nuttall (Newcastle)
Website Manager: Yuxuan Zhang (St Andrews)
South-East: Layth Hanbali (UCL)
My top priority is that South East branches are empowered to develop sustainably and carry out the activities they want. To achieve that, I will be keeping in touch with branches, helping branches develop through training events, and other forums where branches can share best practice, and by representing the interests of branches to the National Committee. Any questions or suggestions about my work,southeastcoordinator@medsin.
South-West: Laurence Wright (Cardiff)
I’m Laurence, Medsin’s South West Regional Coordinator for 2014/15 and a 4th year medical student at Cardiff University. This year we have a strong branch in Cardiff which I want to see host a regional weekend to train other branch committees to enable them to run events like the ‘global health short course’. Some branches in the South West have been struggling for a while now and training like this is part of the solution in reinvigorating these branches.
Midlands: Vishal Chauhan (Warwick)
Northern: Jessica Overton (Liverpool)
Scotland & Northern Ireland: Sam TWEED (Aberdeen)
I'm a fourth year medical student at the University of Aberdeen and this year's Regional Coordinator for the Scotland & Northern Ireland Region. Stepping into the role from being Branch President at Medsin Aberdeen, I hope to see our fantastic branches grow and develop this year by learning from one another as well as engaging nationally and internationally.