Our Team

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Senior Management Team

David Wightwick


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.

Roy Daley

Operations Director

Roy develops and manages 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.

Lina Echeverri

Health Director

A Medical Doctor by profession, Lina joined the team in December 2019. She brings with her 16 years of international experience working in clinical, disaster and public health settings. She also has extended experience in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies, Protracted crisis, and Outbreaks. She has worked with many familiar names in the sector including Medecins Sans Frontieres, ICRC, Save the Children and the WHO. Lina also has a strong research background in Disaster Medicine and is a faculty member and currently working towards a PhD with the Internationally renowned Italian research centre in Emergency and Disaster Medicine CRIMEDM.

Holly Smith

Head of Fundraising and Communications

Joining UK-Med in late 2018, Holly’s role is to grow voluntary fundraising income and the profile of UK-Med. She has led fundraising income growth at a regional and national level for health and international charities of different sizes.

Ian Wait

Head Of Finance

Ian joined UK-Med as Head of Finance in March 2020. He has over 20 years' experience of strategic financial management in central and local government roles, and has also acted as a Trustee for several North-West charities.

Richard Dear

Logistics Manager

Richard joined the staff team in 2016 as Logistics and Projects Officer, having previously provided support to the Ebola Response Programme and took on the role of Logistics Manager in July 2019. 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.

Wider Staff Team

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.

Lizzi Marmont

Health Programmes Manager (UK EMT)

Lizzi joined the team as Health Adviser in 2017, and was promoted to Programme Manager in July 2019. She is an experienced nursing professional and project manager with a career spanning the military, NHS and humanitarian sectors. Lizzi has managed emergency response and health system strengthening program in West Africa and acted as Medical Team Lead for UK EMT deployment and exercises.

Sarah Collis

Health Programme Manager (Outbreak)

Sarah joined the team in August 2019. She holds an MSc in Control of Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has over seven years’ combined experience in clinical nursing, primary health provision and emergency co-ordination; public health in emergencies, outbreak response; infection prevention control, field epidemiology and public health for vulnerable populations. She has worked all over the world in in several humanitarian contexts and outbreak responses.

Anna Daniell

Programme Support Administrator

Anna joined UK-Med in December 2018 and supports the Programmes team. She is a graduate of the University of Manchester and has several years experience in the charity sector having previously worked at the British Red Cross on projects supporting refugees in the UK and victims of human trafficking.

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.

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.

Alex Hunter

WASH Manager

Alex joined the team in January 2020 as our first ever WASH manager. Alex has worked over the years in WASH roles with Médecins Sans Frontières


Programme Support Coordinator

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

Robina Saeed

Program Support Administrator

Robina joined the team in April 2019. She holds an MSc in International disaster managementfrom the University of Manchester’s HCRI School and divides her time working for UK-Med and another Manchester based NGO which specialises in Women's and Children's health.

Jak Dyehouse

Membership 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.

Cate Howes

UK EMT Partnership Coordinator

Cate joined UK-Med in January 2019 and supports the UK EMT project across the consortium. She has extensive experience in programme and partnership coordination in both Higher Education and the charity sector. Having worked in Disaster Response in the Philippines and Nepal, Cate returned to London to undertake her MSc in Disaster, Risk and Resilience at UCL.

Andy Kent

Surgical Lead

Andy joined the team in February 2020. Andy is an practising Trauma and Orthopedic surgeon working in an NHS highland trust.

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.

Anna Harty-Gilbertson

Administrator (HR & Programme Support)

Anna joined UK Med in January 2019 and supports the Membership team and Programmes team. Anna has a background in HR and administration, and can help with any membership queries.

Rob Dick

Logistics Officer

Rob has been a familiar face at UK-Med over the last fours years, supporting UK-Med's deployment training and logistics operations. He joined the team in January as Logistics Officer, overseeing UK-Med's warehouse operations and providing support to the training and deployment teams.

Gabbi Grey

Supply Chain Lead

Gabbi joined UK-Med as Procurement and Supply Chain Lead in April 2020. She is an experienced humanitarian supply chain professional who has worked in a diverse range of contexts including South Sudan, Nigeria and MENA region. Gabbi has managed medical supply chain at both programme and country level.

Melanie Johnson

Health Advisor

Mel joined us in January 2020 as an vital edition to the Health team. A nurse and humanitarian health professional with a background of five years in the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps and NHS, her areas of experience include pre-hospital and emergency care, secondary care including medical, surgical and isolation settings, clinical training, management and leadership.

Claire Simpson

Humanitarian Pharmacist

Claire joined the team in September 2019. She is a clinical pharmacist with over 15 years of experience in hospital and community pharmacy in the UK and 4 years working in the humanitarian sector across the globe.

Emilia Meissner

Fundraising & Communications Assistant

Emilia joined the team in October 2019. She is a recent Politics and Sociology graduate of the University of Manchester and has both local and international voluntary experience with various NGOs. Emilia's role is to support the growth of UK-Med's Fundraising and Communications projects.

David Anderson

Health Advisor

David is an emergency medicine nurse by profession and formally joined the team as staff member in February 2020. David been a huge supporter of the organisation since October 2017 when he deployed to Yangon General Hospital in Myanmar mass casualty simulation based training.

Michelle Hanegaard

Training & Capacity Building Manager

Michelle manages UK-Med’s training portfolio, designing and delivering training to ensure that healthcare professionals are able to respond effectively to humanitarian emergencies. She brings a wealth of experience in leading and implementing learning programmes and has a background in international development.

Tess Williams

Head Of Operations

Tess joined UK-Med in March 2020 and brings over 20 years’ experience working in programme management the humanitarian sector. Tess has worked for a number of NGOs in the field and in the UK, including Oxfam, Merlin and Care International in first phase and ongoing responses. Tess has also worked as a risk management and security consultant facilitating HEAT courses and running safeguarding workshops.

Tom Los

Warehouse assistant

Tom is a graduate in Consumer marketing and product development and joined the team in February 2020. An organised and hardworking individual, he has been a fantastic and much needed edition to the team. Based in our warehouse Tom has been working alongside our Logistics officer to ensure the smooth running of the warehouse which houses all of our kit and equipment for our international deployments and UK-based training's.

Ali Mee

Media and Communications Manager

Ali brings 20-years-experience in the broadcast, video production and communications sectors, having worked in regional radio news, TV documentary production for ITV1, BBC2 and Channel 4 and communications for the international NGO and global business to business events sectors. Ali also speaks Spanish, can shoot and edit her own films and has worked in the UK, Chile, Cambodia and Spain.

Warehouse assistant