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 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.
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.
Member Administrative Officer
Craig joined the Scotland Malawi Partnership in October 2019 as the Member Administrative Officer and is the first point of contact for members, responsible for handling member data and overseeing events admin.
Craig’s background is in membership services, having worked briefly with Volunteer Midlothian and then spending over six years with the Chartered Banker Institute.
While with the Institute, he was similarly the first point of contact and was responsible for a range of membership processes. He was closely involved with process improvements, using feedback to develop and enhance the membership experience. He is always on the lookout for new ways for members to get the most out their membership.
In his free time, Craig loves film and discovering new recipes and places to eat in Edinburgh.
Youth & Schools Officer
Luisa joined the Scotland Malawi Partnership in October 2020 and works to engage young Scots in Scotland-Malawi links via schools, youth groups and the SMPs Youth Committee.
Luisa worked most recently for Changing Faces, developing and delivering school assemblies around Scotland in Face Equality. She also supported a Youth Action Group to share their individual stories of ‘visible difference’ with the media and children’s sector, to encourage societal change around the stigma of looking different. Before this, she worked across national programmes at Youth Scotland, helping to grow participation and amplify youth voice.
As a violinist, Luisa has been lucky enough to travel around the world, living in Sweden and Chile, and working with intercultural exchange projects through Ethno World in many countries in between. Ethno’s strong working model of ‘everyone is a teacher, everyone is a learner’ has been a lifechanging for her, and she endeavours to promote this ethos within everything she engages with.
In her spare time, you can find Luisa playing fiddle in local Edinburgh pubs sessions, eating lots of cake and trying her best to get into jogging...
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.