Our team bring together a wealth of skills.
David Hope-Jones OBE
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 Scotland 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.
Deputy Chief Executive
Stuart joined the staff of the Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) in August 2018, having previously volunteered on the SMP’s Board for four years.
Stuart had worked with GALVmed (Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines) who support the Centre for Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases in Lilongwe to produce an effective and economically sustainable vaccine against East Coast Fever (ECF). ECF is a disease of cattle which impacts Malawi and another 11 African countries.
Stuart works to support David and the rest of the team, to champion the priorities of and be responsive to the challenges faced by SMP Members and to act as a bridge with other networks and sectors.
Stuart has a background in teaching, communications and journalism.
He is the author of Mma Ramotswe’s Cookbook and enjoys, cooking, reading, cycling, walking and learning the guitar.
Youth & Schools Officer
Chad joined the team in August 2022 and is available to respond to Youth & Schools related questions, projects related to school trips to Malawi, Teacher training/educational trips and enquiries concerning young people from Scotland volunteering in Malawi.
Chad lived in Malawi for twenty years where he taught primary school and later served as the head teacher until he and his family moved to Scotland in July 2020. While in Malawi, Chad was an active member of the Mountain Club of Malawi and the Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society.
Chad and his wife try to escape in their Madaza Bongo campervan as much as possible at the weekends in order to do some hiking. In April 2022, they completed the West Highland Way Challenge in four days for MacMillian Cancer Support. The blisters are almost healed and they are focusing on the next big walk!
Finance & Administration Officer
Alan joined the team in April 2020 as Finance and Administration Officer, having previously served on the Audit and Finance Committee for some years. Alan has been a chartered accountant for more years than he can remember, for almost 25 years in private practice in Dunoon, Argyll.
He has been involved in overseas development - primarily in Malawi - since 2007. Prior to that, he volunteered for many years with Abernethy Trust and Scottish Crusaders among others.
Media and Communications Officer
Jade joined The Scotland Malawi Partnership in November 2020 as the Media and Communications Officer. If you would like to share news and updates of your Scotland-Malawi link across the SMP’s channels, contact Jade.
Sharing the SMP’s values, Jade has a strong track record in third-sector volunteering and ten years’ of successful experience in media, communications and marketing, working most recently with the John Byrne Award.
In her spare time Jade is a member of The Edinburgh Samba School and volunteers with Rock Trust, Scotland’s youth homelessness charity. She enjoys all things music, cooking, walking and crafting.