Our staff

Our team bring together a wealth of skills.

After almost 15 years of brilliant leadership as Chief Executive, David Hope-Jones has moved on from the Scotland Malawi Partnership. For any enquiries, please contact Interim CEO, Stuart Brown: stuart@scotland-malawipartnership.org

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Stuart Brown

Interim 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 previously worked for almost 10 years 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.

As Interim CEO, Stuart is providing continuity whilst the SMP’s Board plan a competitive recruitment process. In the meantime, Stuart is leading and supporting 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 English Teaching, International Development Communications and BBC Radio Journalism.

Married with one daughter, Stuart is the author of “Mma Ramotswe’s Cookbook” and enjoys, cooking, reading, traveling, cycling, and walking.

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Chad Morse

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!

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Alan Laverock

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.

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Jade Stein

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, reading, cooking, walking and crafting.

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Dorothea Nelson

Administration and Membership Officer


Dorothea joined in January 2023 as Administration and Membership Officer having worked in various administrative roles for several charities and latterly as office manager at Christ Church Morningside.

Not originally from Scotland, Dorothea has lived and worked in South Africa, Germany and Switzerland before coming to Scotland over twenty years ago. Growing up in various countries and speaking different languages has emphasised for her what links us rather than what keeps us apart.

After a house move Dorothea is delighted to now have a garden to design and grow flowers and - hopefully - vegetables in.

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Henry Kadzuwa

Forestry Analyst & Admin Support

Henry joined in February ’23 having just submitted his PhD in GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. As well as supporting across the team, Henry is producing a report on the potential of commercial forestry investment in Malawi which does no harm, is ethical, fits into a Malawian setting, is climate friendly and has potential return on investment. A summary of his findings will be shared openly. Henry supports Manchester United.