Our Board


Rev Prof Kenneth Ross

Rev Prof Kenneth Ross

Chair
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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 most recently Malawi and Scotland: Together in the Talking Place since 1859, (Mzuzu: Mzuni Press, 2013).


Claire Martin

Claire Martin

Co-Vice Chair

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.


Stuart Brown

Stuart Brown

Co-Vice Chair

Stuart Brown is the Assistant Director, Business Development GALVmed (Global Alliance for Livestock Veterinary Medicines), a Scottish-based NGO which seeks to improve the livelihoods of people living in poverty by enabling them to protect their livestock against disease. In this role Stuart works with multinational organisations, pastoralists and small-holder farmers, local NGOs, women's groups, co-operatives, research institutes, governmental representatives and international donors. Stuart and his GALVmed colleagues are working alongside the Centre for Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases (CTTBD) in Lilongwe to enable this leading regional laboratory to produce and commercialise a vaccine to provide protection against a disease which kills or reduces the productivity of 28 million cattle across eleven African countries.


Dr Isabel Bruce

Dr Isabel Bruce

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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.


Gillian McMahon

Gillian McMahon

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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 Strategic Partnerships and Policy 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.


Sam Riddell

Sam Riddell

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Sam’s involvement with primary healthcare in Malawi started in 2006  following  feedback from a nursing colleague who had taken up a post at Zomba College of Health Science, Sam is the Practice Director of Westgate Medical Practice in Dundee and in conjunction with a clinical colleague, in 2006 established a ‘twinning’ of nine Malawian clinics and Scottish General Practices.  Since that time Westgate has become a registered charity and the primary healthcare team and its patients continue to support colleagues at Zingwangwa Health Centre in Blantyre. Sam has visited Malawi twice to determine how best Westgate can best support its counterparts.

Sam’s first career was as manager in the Medical Branch of the RAF and recently has become an ‘ambassador’ for Scotland’s first Charity Air Ambulance based at Perth Airport.  Sam became a direct of the Scotland Malawi Partnership in 2012.  


Prof Andrew Goudie

Prof Andrew Goudie

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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.


Colin Reilly

Colin Reilly

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Colin is a postgraduate student at the University of Glasgow, currently undertaking research into language use and language attitudes within tertiary education in Malawi. Colin's engagement with Malawi began in 2011 when he volunteered with the student-led charity, Student Volunteers Abroad (SVA). The project involved working with the Malawian NGO, Nancholi Youth Organisation. In 2012, he went on to coordinate one of SVA's Malawi projects and in 2012-2013 he was elected as President of the charity, overseeing two projects in Malawi as well as other countries in Africa and Asia.


Malcolm Fleming

Malcolm Fleming

Born in Dumfries, Malcolm grew up in Clydesdale, is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and now lives in Leith.

His career to date has been a mix of politics and international development. He spend eight years working for Oxfam, specialising in communications, advocacy and campaigns. Based in Scotland he undertook regular overseas placements including numerous visits to Malawi. His work included a period as Regional Media Coordinator for Oxfam South East Asia, based in Bangkok, and also work as Emergency Media Officer and Spokesperson for Oxfam International in Sri Lanka after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

In 2011 First Minister Alex Salmond appointed him as a Special Adviser in the Scottish Government and in Autumn 2014 he became a Senior Special Adviser to the new First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, specialising in the international development, climate change, environment, energy and land reform portfolios plus others. His work included the establishment of Scotland's Climate Justice Fund, and the new Humanitarian Emergencies Fund, as well as the Scottish Government's partnership with the UN to support the role of women in peacemaking.

He is a former board member of Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and now works as Public Affairs Manager for the charity fundraiser, the People's Postcode Lottery.


Douglas Young

Douglas Young

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Douglas is the Rector at Beath High School in Cowdenbeath. His connection with Malawi began some nine years ago when, as a new Rector, he was keen to establish an international link to help widen the horizons of pupils at Beath. Beath chose Malawi for this link because of its historic connections with Scotland. A visit to Mendulo Primary in Mulanje in 2011 took their link to new levels and inspired Douglas to get far more involved in wider Scotland-Malawi connections. He caught the bug!

Beath's work continues to prosper in partnership with Mapanga and Njale Primary Schools. Under the banner 'Three Schools, Two Continents, One Goal. A Partnership in Action' the schools are undertaking some genuine joint curricular working in Music, Art, Drama and English. It is hoped to include more areas of the curriculum in the months and years ahead. In addition, there is a real sense of community about their work as people in Cowdenbeath and the surrounding area have been extremely generous in supporting the village of Chonde following the flooding early in 2015. This is also an exciting time for the partnership as 23 staff and pupils from Beath are currently in Malawi visiting both schools to further develop their joint working and maybe see a few young people catch that same bug!

Douglas enjoys running, mountain biking and rugby - although, being a season-ticket holder at Edinburgh, the rugby can be a wee bit challenging at the moment!


Ben Wilson

Ben Wilson

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Ben Wilson has been involved in Malawi development activities since 2007 through a number of student-run organisations. This has involved community work in a large southern township, agricultural development in northern villages and sociological research into the impact of people-to-people development activities. Ben has recently started to write for a PhD at University of Glasgow on civil society international development relationships. Ben has also worked in a variety of international volunteering organisations and has a keen interest in the impact volunteers can have in development, with a particular interest in young people's involvement.


Jeremaya Phiri

Jeremaya Phiri

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.


Heather Cubie

Heather Cubie

Professionally, Heather was a consultant Clinical Scientist in the NHS, based in Laboratory Medicine and R&D Director of NHS Lothian. These two 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. Heather was the first Director of SHPVRL, set up a Scotland-wide network of HPV investigators (www.shine. mvm.ed.ac.uk) and established a national sample archive, the combination of which has meant that Scotland is a world leader in vaccine effectiveness and HPV expertise.


Vincent Mzembe

Vincent Mzembe

Vincent is passionate about working with vulnerable communities both in Scotland and Malawi. As such he has been involved in establishing organisations such as Youth Watch Society, Mzuzu Leo Club, Scotmal Oral Health Aid; and also served as Vice President of City of Edinburgh Lions Club.

He have served on boards for The Chesney Trust and Scotmal Oral Health Aid.

Currently, Vincent is an Executive Committee member for diaspora led organisations Malawi Initiative for National Development(MIND) and Association of Malawians in Scotland (AMS).

He has played many roles in the organisations including Finance & Project Management and fundraising. Vincent have successfully implemented projects with USAID, UNICEF Malawi, UNDP, Danish Centre for Human Rights and also with the Malawi Government's Ministry of Agriculture 1998 Starter Packs Distribution project. 


Sadly Dr Jack Thompson, SMP Board Member and former Co-Vice Chair, passed away on Thursday 10th August 2017 in Edinburgh.