Hamlin Fistula UK Trustees meet four times a year to monitor programme funding, fundraising activities, strategic planning, and governance.
Malcolm S Hewitt OBE MA (Oxon), Chairman (until June 2019)
Malcolm has been a member of Hamlin Fistula UK for 16 years and has been Chairman since July 2011. Malcolm was also appointed to the board of Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia in November 2018. In his professional life he was the Headteacher of a large Secondary School in the West Midlands becoming National President of the Secondary Heads Association in 1993. He then went on to train and assess those wanting to become Headteachers. He was awarded the OBE in 2000 for services to education. He has served as a JP in the Birmingham District of the UK and also as Chairman of the Board of Visitors at an open prison for young offenders.
Greg Morris (from June 2019, Chairman)
Greg joined the board of Hamlin Fistula UK when he retired five years ago. Before that he had been a senior officer in a local authority, having come from a background in teaching. Greg worked mostly in the areas of schools and children, leading the authority’s work to improve school leadership, teaching and standards of achievement. As well, he made a major contribution to the authority’s work in improving performance across all aspects of its work involving children.
Laurence Parkes FCA, Company Secretary
Laurence has been a chartered accountant for over 40 years and is now a sole-practitioner specialising in charities and small businesses. Prior to joining Hamlin Fistula UK in 2001, he worked in the retail and materials handling sectors. Laurence has been Company Secretary of Hamlin Fistula UK since 2007.
Jean has been a member of the Hamlin Fistula UK board since 1996. Before retirement she worked as a dental nurse for many years before joining a GP practice working as a medical secretary. She is responsible for the publicity of the Hamlin Fistula UK quarterly newsletter and other publications required. She also liaises with groups of volunteers making shawls and organises the packing of these which are sent out to the Addis Ababa Hamlin Fistula Hospital. Jean is part of the fundraising team and travels to groups around the country giving presentations to help raise awareness of fistula and to help with raising vital funds.
Beverley Cooper (RGN, RM, DPS, BSc (Hons), SOM)
Bev joined Hamlin Fistula UK in 2006. She is semi-retired with 40 years’ experience as a practising midwife. Bev began her career training as a registered general nurse before settling into her chosen profession as a midwife. Currently Bev works at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust where she also had a role as a supervisor of midwives (SOM). During her post as a community Sister, Bev took a six month sabbatical to provide her knowledge and expertise to the newly fledged Hamlin College of Midwifery in Ethiopia. Her experience as a practitioner and a manager was an important element to enhance the skill and knowledge of the staff and students at the college.
Rev. Brian Taylor MA
The Reverend Brian Taylor was an accountant before being ordained as a Minister in The Methodist Church. During his 30-year ministry he has had a passion for the well-being of people and this became more focussed in his 12 years as a Hospital Chaplain. He has developed an understating of Reflective Practice as a way of supporting hospital staff, and encourages an holistic approach to staff support and patient care. Along with a colleague from his hospital he has provided opportunities for interested staff at the Addis Ababa Hamlin Fistula Hospital to learn about reflective practice.
Ross Spencer MA, GradDip, BA (Hons)
Ross has been a member of the UK Board since 2014. He founded his first internet business whilst studying Fine Arts and has since further graduated in Landscape Architecture and more recently Innovation & Leadership in Museum Practice. Ross is passionate about social justice, cultural exchange and developing new sustainable models for combating social exclusion. He is responsible for the HFUK website plus helping implement new income generation and engagement activities to broaden the HFUK supporter base.
Dr Michaelina Aygei MBChB
Michaelina joined the Trustee board in 2017. She is currently a trainee General Practitioner in Shropshire who has interest in Urogynaecological issues. She previously worked at University Hospitals of Birmingham developing her interest in General Surgery. She is keen on contributing new ideas to help eradicate fistula in Ethiopia.