Hamlin Fistula UK Trustees meet four times a year to monitor programme funding, fundraising activities, strategic planning, and governance.
Greg Morris, 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.
Malcolm S Hewitt OBE MA (Oxon), Honorary President
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.
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.
Ross Spencer MA, GradDip, BA (Hons)
Ross has been a member of the UK Board since 2013. 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.
Sarah is from Birmingham, UK. Mother of two teenage daughters, headteacher of a large primary school in Birmingham, passionate about equality, Shakespeare, family, friends, art, kindness. ‘Lord we know what we are but not what we may be’
Alison is a Midwifery Matron at Liverpool Women’s Hospital. She is passionate about providing safe holistic midwifery care and continuing to develop knowledge and skills to meet changing needs and demands both locally and globally. Having visited Hamlin Midwifery College, she has been inspired by the dedication of undergraduate Midwives in providing Continuity or Care to their local communities to make a difference.