Our team

Current staff team

David Wightwick, CEO

David joined UK-Med in January 2018 as the new Chief Executive of the organisation. He has a background in senior roles in the humanitarian sector, having previously worked as a Senior Adviser in emergency response with WHO, as Global Operations Director for Merlin, Health Director with GOAL, Director of Operations Management at Save the Children International and as a Country Director with IMC.

Professor John Simpson, Medical Director

John joined UK-Med as Medical Director at the end of 2016. He originally trained as a medical doctor working in Accident and Emergency and General Practice before undertaking public health training and becoming a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control and later working as a Regional Epidemiologist. Since 2003 he has worked in Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR), culminating in the position of Director EPRR for Public Health England (PHE).  John stepped down from this role to take up the role of Medical Director of UK-MED (0.5 wte) and Medical Director EPRR (0.5 wte) in 2016. He was awarded a Visiting Professorship by the Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London in 2014.

Roy Daley, Director of Programmes

Roy is the Director of Programmes at UK-Med, developing and managing the infrastructure support that enables the rest of the team to deliver our core work. He was recruited in 2014 to manage the UK-Med Ebola Response Programme having previously supported the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) global health initiative for the University of Manchester. Roy has more than 15 years’ experience in supporting research and programme delivery in health and education settings, previously working for the consultancy arm of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine across a range of projects for international donor agencies and clients.

Sinead O’Reilly, Operations Manager

Sinead joined the team as Operations Manager and is responsible for all deployment related activity.  She is an experienced humanitarian professional who previously worked for more than ten years as a Global Health Advisor with GOAL on programmes in Sudan, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and other countries. She has experience of project management and set-up mainly in humanitarian settings. For the past two years she has been working in the Irish health system. Sinead has an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Lizzi Marmont, Health Adviser

Lizzi joined the team as Health Adviser. She is an experienced nursing professional and project manager with a career spanning the military, NHS and humanitarian sectors. She previously deployed to Sierra Leone with UK-Med in support of the Ebola Response Programme and subsequently went back to Sierra Leone to work on health systems strengthening and emergency response projects with GOAL and IRC. Lizzi recently completed the Diploma in Tropical Nursing programme at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Richard Dear, Logistics and Projects Officer

Richard joined the staff team in 2016 as Logistics and Projects Officer, having previously provided support to the Ebola Response Programme. He is instrumental in the oversight and management of UK-Med’s kit and equipment store at Stockport and also in providing advice support to our partners in the delivery of the UKEMT programme.

Helen Jordan, Training and Membership Manager

Helen manages UK-Med’s portfolio of training, developing and delivering courses in order to train healthcare professionals to be able to respond effectively during an international humanitarian emergency. She brings a wealth of experience from development-related programmes in the fields of education and public health. Most recently Helen worked in Kenya to improve laboratory medicine across five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. You will meet Helen at many of UK-Med’s courses, and she is the point of contact for specific training and related areas of enquiry.

Dawn, Training Coordinator

Dawn has worked for UK-Med since 2013, initially in general administration before providing focus to the coordination required for delivery of our training programmes. She has extensive experience in support of the delivery of health and education related projects both in the UK and overseas.

Anna Baldwin, Administrator (Training)

Anna joined UK-Med in March 2017 to support the organisation and delivery of the training pathway. She recently completed an MSc in International Development at the Global Development Institute of The University of Manchester and previously worked in an administrative role at the University Hospital of South Manchester. Anna has extensive project support experience and has led an educational development project in Uganda.

Jak Dyehouse, Administrator (Membership)

Jak supports the work of the Membership Team, as well as the logistical capacity of the organisation. He can help with all membership enquiries, including those from new and prospective joiners to the Community of Practice and questions regarding the UKEMT pathway. Jak previously held an internship with the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester and is a student of politics and modern history.

Clive Back, Finance & Office Manager

Clive manages UK-Med’s Finance and Office Support Team. Clive has worked as a Finance Manager for charities and not for profit organisations for over 20 years, prior to that he worked for various commercial organisations and Non Departmental Public Bodies. Clive is the initial point of contact for any financial or office related issues.

Janis Ferberg, Projects Coordinator

Janis joined the team in 2016 as Projects Coordinator and is responsible for supporting strategic development across UK Med’s portfolio of work. In particular Janis is focusing on recruitment strategy for the EMT and wider engagement of membership across our programmes of work. Janis has extensive project management experience, delivering large-scale public sector programmes across the cultural and education sectors.

Anne-Marie Nyarko, Administrator (Finance)

Anne-Marie assists in the management of UK-Med’s finances and provides support to other core business areas. Anne-Marie is a friendly face who will assist with queries regarding payments of invoices and expenses or more general queries you may have concerning UK-Med systems and processes.

Rebecca Mellings, Administrator (Systems Support)

Becky joined UK-Med in 2016, having previously provided administrative support to the Ebola Response Programme.  As Administrator (Support Services) she assists in the management of UK-Med’s HR and office systems and with other core business areas.  Becky has extensive experience in supporting the delivery of education programmes and a background in environmental emergency response.

Contact us at enquiries@uk-med.org

UK-Med Associates

Chrissy Alcock

Chrissy is a longstanding associate of UK-Med  and has worked to help establish UK-Med and  the UK EMT training programme along with a range of special projects. She has led UK-Med Overseas Training Deployments (OTDs) such as the post-earthquake Mass Casualty course in Nepal and Chemical Exposure Training courses in partnership with WHO. Chrissy continues to be a trusted advisor and leader within the UK-Med Community of Practice and an associate member of UK-Med. She is currently studying for a Masters in Public Health at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

Jennifer Carr

Jennifer joined UK-Med to support the administration of the Ebola Response Programme in 2014, and subsequently worked with the team to establish UK-Med’s Community of Practice membership, and the systems required for the emerging NGO. Following her MSc in Poverty and Development at the Institute for Development, Policy and Management (IDPM) at the University of Manchester, Jen is beginning her PhD studies. With an interest in the professionalisation of humanitarian action Jen is now a doctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow under the auspices of the Wellcome Trust.

Rachel Fletcher

Rachel worked at UK-Med managing all deployment activities and was instrumental in the preparation and development of the UKEMT programme to meet WHO verification standards. She is currently working on the global Emergency Medical Team programme with WHO. Rachel is an emergency nurse who has worked for several years for various emergency response NGO’s in Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan. She has a background in large scale emergency humanitarian response operations as well as development of non-emergency programme activities.

Dr Brigid Hayden

Brigid is an experienced Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and General Medical  Practitioner, with a special interest in clinical education, training and simulation. Brigid has worked in a variety of roles in several countries, including Bosnia, the Gambia, Kosovo, Liberia, Mauritius and the island of Tristan da Cunha. Brigid is passionate about the work of UK-Med, and is providing ongoing guidance and support in relation to women’s health, training and EMT’s.

Dr Amy Hughes

Amy is an Emergency Medicine clinician and Clinical Academic Lecturer in Emergency Humanitarian Response and Global Health at the Humanitarian Conflict and Response Institute, University of Manchester.  She has worked within a variety of roles in complex humanitarian environments which have included: post-conflict northern Sri Lanka (Medecins Sans Frontier); Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines (UKEMT); and the West Africa Ebola outbreak, Sierra Leone.
Amy has been engaged in the World Health Organization Emergency Medical Team (EMT) initiative and development of the UKEMT since 2013, with a particular focus on supporting and mentoring EMTs in achieving the required minimal standards for humanitarian response, co-leading the EMT working group on minimum training standards, and supporting improved accountability and governance amongst EMTs.
Amy has completed the Diploma Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (Liv) and European Masters in Disaster Medicine. She was awarded an MBE in the 2016 for services towards Emergency and Humanitarian Medicine.

Anisa Jafar

Anisa has recently taken up a Research Associate position with the Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute (HCRI)where she will complete her PhD in the area of medical-record keeping in sudden onset disasters, and deliver some of the institute’s teaching programmes.  Her background is Emergency Medicine in which she is an ST4 but is taking a break in her training to complete her PhD.  Anisa has done academic clinical training mostly in the North West but has spent time working (as undergraduate and postgraduate) in London, Pakistan, France and KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa).  She has completed her Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and her Masters in Public Health from the University of Manchester.  Anisa is supporting UK-Med with the development of a medical record system for use by the UK EMT.

Karen O’Neill

Karen O’Neill, (nee Livingstone) worked as both Medical Adviser and Membership Manager for UK-Med, overseeing several overseas trainings and deployments, and contributing significantly to delivery of the Ebola Response Programme in Sierra Leone. She is an Emergency Nurse by training and a graduate of the Masters degree programme at the Humanitarian & Conflict Response Institute (HCRI), University of Manchester. Karen will receive an outstanding alumni award from HCRI in 2016 for her contribution to humanitarian action.