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.

Lizzi Marmont, Health Adviser

Lizzi joined the team as Health Adviser in 2017. 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.

Stacey Ibbott, Medical Logistics Support

Stacey joined the team in 2018 as a permanent member of staff after working with UK-Med on a contract basis since 2016. She works alongside Richard Dear in coordinating and organising the medical consumables and devices stores.

Liam Callaghan, Humanitarian Pharmacist

Liam joined UK-Med in 2018 as a Pharmacist. Liam has previously worked in various primary and secondary care roles throughout the UK, Ireland and Australia. He has an interest in professional development, research and education having completed an MSc in clinical pharmacology and a PhD in Pharmacy Practice.

Helen Jordan, Capacity Building & Training 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 and Membership)

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.

Duncan Mann, HR & Membership Manager

Duncan leads on human resources activities for the UK-Med staff team and on our membership activities, including both the Community of Practice and our register of volunteers . Duncan joined UK-Med in 2018 after an earlier career including professional HR roles, volunteer management and strategic leadership of charitable membership organisations.  He holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Development and professional membership of the CIPD.

Jak Dyehouse, Membership & Communications Coordinator

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.

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.