Our Board of Directors
Summary Board Minutes:
As part of our Year of Governance Strengthening initiative, we are proud to share a summary of our recent Board meetings:
Professionally, Heather was a consultant Clinical Scientist in the NHS, based in Laboratory Medicine and R&D Director of NHS Lothian. These senior positions meant she acquired a wide range of relevant skills from training of scientists to diagnostic virology, from change management to employee relations, from financial management to research facilitation. Heather has always appreciated the strengths of the Scottish NHS and promoted a collaborative culture for better outcomes. She lobbied for a national HPV Reference Laboratory to complement national introduction of HPV vaccine and changes to the cervical screening programme. She founded a national HPV reference laboratory, set up a Scotland-wide network of HPV investigators and established a national sample archive, the combination of which has meant that Scotland is a world leader in vaccine effectiveness and HPV expertise.
She is currently a Senior Advisor to the Global Health Academy and Honorary Professor in University of Edinburgh and also actively involved in the Scottish Global Health Collaborative as a champion for volunteering from retired healthcare staff.
Since retirement, Heather has been actively involved in cervical cancer screening and treatment in Malawi, which has one of the highest incidences and the highest mortality of cervical cancer in the world. A Scottish Government grant from 2013-2016 allowed her and colleagues from the University of Edinburgh and across NHS Scotland to establish a same day ‘screen and treat’ programme in NKhoma CCAP Hospital, which reached 17,000 women who had never been able to access cervical screening and led to 70% of women with early lesions receiving same day treatment.
She is passionate about the respectful and truly reciprocal partnership developed with Nkhoma, in keeping with SMP partnership principles and which led to close involvement with the SMP through membership of the Board which she saw as an effective mechanism to advance valuable links and develop lasting friendships. She has just started her second term and will continue to be an active contributor to Board activities and a member of both the HR and Audit & Finance sub-committees.
With her colleague Dr Christine Campbell as lead, she has been awarded a new Scottish Government grant (2018-2023) to expand the successful Nkhoma programme to other regions of Malawi, together with development of a mentoring programme which should result in a sustainable national network of screening providers.
Claire works as an accountant within the corporate advisory team at Grant Thornton, and is a graduate of the University of Glasgow with a first class degree in Law and Business Economics.
A Director of the Scotland Malawi Partnership since September 2011, Claire was strongly involved in the establishment of a Youth Steering Group for the organisation, which led to the adoption by the membership of a new Youth category of membership of the Scotland Malawi Partnership to encourage engagement of those under 26 with the charity.
Claire has been involved with Malawi-related projects since 2006. In 2008, she travelled to Blantyre with her secondary school where, along with 22 other pupils and members of the local community, she assisted in the building and renovating of classrooms. Whilst at university she co-founded the Glasgow University Mary's Meals Group, a society that promotes and fundraises for Mary's Meals, a charity with a strong presence in Malawi.
Claire was elected Vice Chair of the Scotland Malawi Partnership in October 2014, and is also a member of the organisation's Audit and Finance Committee.
Jeremaya is a member of the Malawian Diaspora community who moved to the UK in 2003. Before this he was a Social Worker with the Government of Malawi, volunteer groups, and international charities, specializing in children and families welfare.
Today Jeremaya lives in Aberdeen and works for Aberdeenshire Council as a Team Manager for various Social Work Teams, again focusing on children and families.
He is also actively involved in various volunteer development activities in both Scotland and Malawi, including as Executive Director for a Scottish charity which focuses on coordinating and enhancing diaspora-led initiatives with Malawi.
Douglas currently works as a marketing consultant for Orbis Expeditions, one of our members, who specialise in delivering bespoke visits to Malawi. He is also involved in initial teacher education as an Associate Tutor at the University of Glasgow.
His connections with Malawi began a good few years ago when, as Headteacher of Beath High School in Cowdenbeath, he was instrumental in establishing a link with a school in Malawi to help, amongst other things, widen the horizons and global awareness of his pupils at Beath. Over the years and with the advice and support of the SMP this link became a real partnership - one that continues to thrive and prosper.
Retired now, Douglas is delighted to be a lifetime member of the Beath Malawi Partnership where he continues to work alongside former colleagues as well as enjoying many personal links with Malawi.
Douglas has been involved with the SMP for many years and was chair of the Education and Schools forum before becoming a Board member. Now that he is retired of course, as well as having more time for his mountain biking and running, he is enjoying having more time to give in support of the SMP.
Fiona was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, but lives in Dunblane, Scotland, with her family. She is a Head Teacher of a medium sized primary school in Falkirk Council.
Fiona has had a connection with Malawi for over 15 years both through her teaching career and her personal life.
She has taken part in successful British Council funded reciprocal teaching projects and is also one of the Trustees of The Dunblane-Likhubula Partnership. Through her involvement in both programmes she has seen first hand the impact of effective and meaningful collaborative working in communities both here in Scotland and in Malawi.
Fiona has also been involved in leading groups of 15 young men from the Boys' Brigade to work to build and repair classrooms together with the charity Classrooms for Malawi in 2016 and 2019.
Fiona has been an avid supporter of the Scotland Malawi Partnership through her various links to Malawi and engaged in a range of activities and events to support the work of the charity.
She is passionate about promoting the UN’s Global Goals for Sustainable Development and global citizenship as a whole, not only in Scotland and Malawi but across the world through her love of travel and adventure.
Charlie has over a decade of experience working within the international development sector in Scotland – at the Scottish Parliament, for Scottish NGOs and currently with the University of Edinburgh's Mastercard Scholars Foundation Programme.
Through these opportunities, Charlie has built experience influencing decision-makers in the Scottish Government, with MSPs and Scottish MPs, on issues relating to visas and immigration, gender equality and climate change.
With six years experience working as a member of staff for the SMP, Charlie also has strong relationships with a diverse range of Scottish and Malawian partners which has given her unique insight into some of the common challenges and opportunities related to the bilateral relationship and the power of a membership organisation to represent a collective voice.
As a young child Charlie lived in Zomba, Malawi with her family.
Dr Isabel Bruce
Dr Isabel Bruce has extensive experience of delivering nationally and internationally and has strong public, higher education and charity sector experience at Executive and Non-Executive levels.
She is currently - with a strong Malawi relevance - Chair of the David Livingstone Trust, a Trustee of the National Museums Scotland, Trustee of the National Museums Scotland Charitable Trust. Previously she has been Chair and Vice-Chair of Higher Education Institutions and a Board member of the Enterprise Development Company in her home town of Hamilton.
Isabel is currently working on three health related projects in Malawi - maternal health and cancer related; and was awarded an OBE in the 2009 New Year Honours List for services to Higher Education in Scotland and Malawi.
Chimzy Dorey says she is 'proudly Malawian, but also proudly British', having lived, studied and worked in Scotland and England during the past eight years.
Chimzy grew up in Malawi until the age of 16, where she was taught from a young age about the great friendship between both nations. She considers herself lucky to have experienced life as a young adult in both countries and her experiences of the two countries have helped shape the person she is today.
She is very keen to foster the strong bond that already exists between her two countries, and it is her goal to be able to make a difference to both of the nations which have nurtured her.
Now retired, Moira's professional background is Social Work Education. She has also worked as a qualitative researcher, which has given her a good understanding of the need for data collection and analysis.
Working as a Co-convenor and Trustee of the Mamie Martin Fund (MMF), she has seen at first hand some of the challenges of evaluating 'soft' outcomes when data are not as robust as we – sitting at an Edinburgh desk with permanent electricity, phone connection and internet – might wish.
She brings to the board of the Scotland Malawi Partnership her understanding of a small charity working in Malawi, having visited Malawi five times as an MMF trustee and once, before that, on a personal holiday.
She brings some learning from the relationships made and nurtured over those years, in the context of a charity whose links with the MMF's main partner (Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Synod of Livingstonia) go back to the 1920s.
Supporting girls' education and empowerment is Moira's passion and one which she is privileged to pursue as a trustee of the Mamie Martin Fund.
Prof Andrew Goudie
Professor Andrew Goudie is currently employed at the University of Strathclyde as Special Adviser to the Principal and Visiting Professor. Andrew was educated at Queens' College, University of Cambridge, UK (BA Econ., MA; PhD); and the Open University, UK (BA Maths and Stats). He was awarded an Hon. D.Litt. by the University of Strathclyde and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Andrew's career has included a wide range of roles in national and international public service: including at the University of Cambridge (Research Officer, Department of Applied Economics; Research Fellow, Queens' College; Fellow and Director of Studies, Robinson College); the World Bank, Washington (Senior Economist); the Scottish Government (Senior Economic Adviser); the OECD Development Centre, Paris (Principal Economist); the Department for International Development, UK Government (Chief Economist) and, most recently, in the Scottish Government from 1999 - 2011 as Chief Economic Adviser and Director-General Economy.
Nicholas Gubbins is founding chief executive of Community Energy Scotland, a Registered Scottish Charity established in 2008, dedicated to supporting communities on sustainable energy development. He was Chief Executive of the Highlands and Islands Community Energy Company, CES’ predecessor.
Before that, he was Head of Community Regeneration at Highlands and Islands Enterprise, focused on supporting community-based development, the voluntary sector and social enterprise.
Between 1982-2000 he worked for the Nature Conservancy Council and Scottish Natural Heritage. He is a Trustee of The Highland Hospice in Inverness and the Pebble Trust, a small charitable trust working for a more sustainable and equal society.
Nicholas was very closely involved in the establishment of Community Energy Malawi, a constituted Malawian non-profit and social enterprise that focuses on the development of community owned off grid energy systems. He continues to have a close engagement through joint project initiatives and mutual exchange of experience and skills between CES and CEM.
Gillian has been committed to working in international development throughout her career. She has a Masters in Development Studies and has specialised in programmatic work, alongside policy, research and funding, previously working for VMM, SCIAF and the Big Lottery Fund.
Gillian is currently Director of Supporter Engagement and Income with Mary's Meals and has played a key role in the strategic growth and development of Mary’s Meals' large-scale school feeding programme in Malawi since joining the organisation in 2010.
She is passionate about supporting organisations working to improve the lives of vulnerable people living in Malawi and believes that the Scotland Malawi Partnership has an important role to play in mobilising Scottish and Malawian civic society to have the greatest possible impact towards this goal.
Tione is a professional engineer and energy specialist with over 15 years of experience in the Electricity Industry in Malawi and the United Kingdom. He also has eight years experience in Rural Electrification in Malawi.
He is passionate about community development primarily focusing on clean energy access and economic empowerment. He has leadership experience both in his professional work as well as community and served both as a deacon and church elder in his congregation in Malawi.
Tione was also a board chairman for three years for the Multipurpose Church Hall, which was a fundraising arm of the congregation.
Rachel Phillips was born in Lilongwe Central Hospital in 1984 to Irish and Scottish parents who lived in Malawi from the 1960s to the 1990s. Rachel left Malawi when she was 11 but, like many displaced diaspora, became passionate about her original home and has travelled back 11 times.
Rachel's continued interest in Malawi, sub-Saharan Africa and politics, led her to take a couple of years out from medical training in Edinburgh, and between her second and third years she undertook an intercalated BSc at University College London where she was awarded First Class Honours in International Health.
Later on, before her final year, she spent a year in South Africa volunteering for Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) – the largest NGO in South Africa that campaigned for a national roll-out of anti-retroviral medication in the public sector during a period of governmental AIDS denialism.
She is now a GP in Edinburgh with an interest in medical education and postgraduate training in primary care.
Denis enjoyed a 40-year career with International Healthcare company Johnson & Johnson serving in senior management positions with responsibility for their Medical Device business in Africa and the Middle East.
Latterly as Director of African Affairs, he managed a portfolio of Corporate Social Responsibility programmes directed at improving the skills of health workers serving the most disadvantaged in the community.
Denis volunteers as a Health Advisor to organisations addressing Women’s Health issues and access to surgery in Africa. He is a Director of the Fistula Foundation and an Honorary Fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA) and the West African College of Surgeons (WACS).
He leads a twinning partnership with his home town Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders and Thondwe in the Zomba district of Malawi.
An active Rotarian, Denis also enjoys many outdoor activities such as running, hill walking, wild swimming and watching rugby.
Rev Prof Kenneth Ross
After teaching at Chancellor College in the University of Malawi from 1988 to 1998, Ken continued his Malawi involvement during his years as General Secretary for World Mission at the Church of Scotland (1998-2009).
From the early 2000s, he was much involved in the inception of the Scotland Malawi Partnership and has chaired its Board from 2004 to 2006, and 2010 to the present.
He has published many books and articles on Malawi, including Malawi and Scotland: Together in the Talking Place since 1859, (Mzuzu: Mzuni Press, 2013) and most recently ‘Friendship with a Purpose: Malawi and Scotland for Sustainable Development’ (2018), which sets out the historical context and distinctive features of the Scotland-Malawi friendship.
Ken served as SMP Chair until June 2019, when he moved back out to Malawi with the Church of Scotland.