Our Team

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Senior Management Team

David Wightwick CMG


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.

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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.

Jackie Snell

Director of Fundraising and Communications

Jackie joined UK Med in January 2022. She is an experienced fundraising and communications leader with a background in philanthropy, public relations and business development. Her role is to grow voluntary income and the profile of UK Med.

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.

Tom Godfrey

Operations Director

Tom has fifteen years of management experience across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, he's a fluent French speaker with a Master’s degree in International Development. An expert in response delivery, he has extensive experience in capacity building, through the delivery of many emergency simulations, preparedness, supply chain and operations training.

Michelle Hanegaard

Director of Learning and 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.

Duncan Mann

Associate Director of HR and People

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.

Gemma Blakey

Associate Director of Logistics

Gemma is now Associate Director of Logistics for UK-Med after joining the organisation in 2021 as the Logistics Manager. Prior to this Gemma has had a varied logistics career with over 8 years experience' including supporting developmental projects and country programmes as well as being actively involved in a range of emergencies responses including in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma and Maria as well as the Rohingya refugee crisis in 2018/9. Gemma’s role is to ensure the logistics team both in the UK and via the register are ready to support UK-Med to respond to needs in the most efficient and effective way possible.