Our Team


David Hope-Jones OBE

David Hope-Jones OBE

Chief Executive
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David joined the Scotland Malawi Partnership in 2008 and has since been heading up the office as the organisation has grown significantly.

He is responsible for the management of all aspects of the Partnership's work and is managed by the Board of Directors. Specifically, much of David's time is focused on the strategic development of the organisation, engagement with the respective governments, and external partnership working. He has long been interested in Malawi, having spent his earliest years in the region, and regularly returned since. Before starting with the Partnership, David managed the British Red Cross in the City of Edinburgh.

Although not originally from Scotland, David has lived in Edinburgh since 2001 and greatly enjoys all Scotland has to offer: he can usually be found of a weekend up a hill, on his bike, running or fishing. He was awarded an OBE in 2016, in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours List.


Kathy Wright

Kathy Wright

Member Services Manager
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Kathy joined the Scotland Malawi Partnership in June 2017 as Member Services Manager. She is working with our members to support, connect and champion all their many and varied links with Malawi. Kathy also supports Beata, Jackie and Grace in their roles.

Kathy has worked in a number of international development organisations, including SolarAid in London and the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in Edinburgh. Her first encounter with Malawi came when working for SolarAid which had one of its first programmes there. She was lucky enough to visit and was immediately won over by the warm welcome she received.

A keen cyclist, Kathy can often be found riding the many beautiful cycle routes in Scotland, and is hoping to one day cycle round Lake Malawi!


Jackie Farr

Jackie Farr

Media and Communications Officer
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Jackie is leading with media and communications for the Scotland Malawi Partnership and is responsible for increasing awareness and support for Scotland's links with Malawi.

Fresh out of studying for her Masters in Journalism at Strathclyde University, Jackie hopped on a plane to Malawi to intern with SMP Members, Mary's Meals. She spent nine months supporting the UK and Global Media and Communications teams and writing a blog for The Herald. Despite a personal battle with the monkeys on Zomba Plateau (!), she fell in love with the Warm Heart of Africa. She's a keen photographer and videographer and loves to travel.


Grace O'Donovan

Grace O'Donovan

Member Services Officer
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Grace joined the Scotland Malawi Partnership in September 2017 as the Member Services Officer. She is the first point of contact for all our members, provides support, and leads on the implementation of key SMP events, forums and member-related projects.

Grace's background is in international sustainable development and she has worked with a number of NGO’s, charities and member-led organisations, including the University of Edinburgh, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, and the Democratic Progress Institute in London. She studied International Relations at the University of St Andrews, completed an MSc Africa and International Development at the University of Edinburgh, where she focused on environmental sustainability in Malawi, and most recently finished her Law degree at the University of Stirling, focusing on Environmental Law.

While she was born in South Africa, and went to school in Canada, she has lived in Scotland for nearly 10 years and considers herself lucky to call Edinburgh one of her favourite places in the world! You can usually find her googling flights to different countries, doing road-trips around Scotland, and searching for off-the-beaten-path things to see and do.


Gemma Burnside

Gemma Burnside

Youth and Schools Officer
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Gemma joined the Scotland Malawi Partnership in June 2018 as the Youth and Schools Officer and is responsible for developing, supporting and maintaining the SMP's engagement of young Scots and its support for Scotland-Malawi school links.

Gemma studied French and Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh and after graduating, went on to work and travel in various countries across the globe including Canada, Zambia, and New Zealand before coming back to Edinburgh to work in student recruitment. In 2015, she followed her passion for education and worked with the widening-access programme LEAPS to raise aspirations and widen participation in higher education with pupils from schools across the South East of Scotland.

During her travels, Gemma also spent a few months in Malawi working with a small community-led business on Likoma Island, which left a lasting impression and a drive to get back to working with Malawi. Working with the SMP means getting to combine her interests in education, young people and Malawi.

In her spare time, Gemma is a keen sports person, having taken part in things like netball, polocrosse and figure skating in the past. Luckily an interest in sport counteracts some of the more negative side effects of her other favourite pastime - food!


Stuart Middleton

Stuart Middleton

Finance and Administration Officer
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Stuart joined the Scotland Malawi Partnership in 2018 as Finance and Administration Officer.

He is responsible for a number of the internal processes of the Partnership, in particular looking after the money. He has worked in the voluntary sector for more than 25 years, including environmental, caring & support, youth and homelessness organisations.

Outside of work, he is involved in Scouting and activities in the great outdoors!