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Our Team

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Senior Management 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.

Ram Vadi

Health Director

Ram is a medical doctor with extensive experience in outbreak response, ongoing and protracted conflicts, as well as health system strengthening around the globe. Before joining UK-Med as Health Director, he was the Team Lead and Medical Coordinator for the UK EMT response in Lebanon and, prior to that, worked for several years with the Red Cross in Syria, Somalia and South Sudan. He also worked in Guinea during the West African Ebola outbreak in 2014.

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Andy Clarke

Humanitarian Operations Director

Andy joined UK-Med in September 2020 as the Humanitarian Operations Director. Andy has more than 20 years’ experience in the emergency sector working in outbreak response, conflict, and natural disasters. Before joining UK-Med, Andy worked at Oxfam in a number of roles including WASH Rapid Response Team Leader in Northeast Nigeria. Andy is also a qualified water and sanitation engineer and was involved in Oxfam’s response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

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Adil Shah

Director of Support Services

Adil joined UK-Med in December 2020 as Director of Support Services. He brings more than 20 years' experience in executive and non-executive roles from civil society organisations across Africa, Asia and Europe. Most recently, he was Director of Finance and Operations at ADD International where he was responsible for programmes that supported disability rights movements in Africa and Asia.

Holly Smith

Director 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.

Michelle Hanegaard

Head of Training & Capacity Building

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.

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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 planning, oversight and management of all UK-Med’s logistics activities, and also in providing advice and support to our partners in the delivery of the UK EMT programme. He is a registered UK paramedic and holds a Masters Degree in Disaster Healthcare.

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.