Meet the team members working to implement our vision - and the trustees who meet regularly to oversee the charity’s vision, mission, and strategic direction.
"Amref does amazing work in places where health systems are strained or under-resourced: strengthening services, but also increasing demand for and access to those services. What really speaks to me is the way Amref works in partnership with communities to find innovative, sustainable solutions to preventing and treating disease and ill health. The organisation knows that it’s at community level that real and lasting change happens - and that’s a conviction I share. I am also very proud to lead a truly African organisation."
Head of Finance
"I feel very privileged to work for Amref Health Africa, an organisation that is community-led, empowering those communities to strengthen health systems and achieve sustainable change. I have a not-for-profit Finance background and I am proud to bring my experience and expertise to support this incredible African-led organisation."
Head of Supporter Engagement
"I love being part of the global Amref family, a hard-working and passionate group spread around the world. I've been privileged to see Amref's work in person in Uganda and Kenya. Meeting my colleagues who deliver the projects that we raise funds for in the UK gives me the drive to raise more money, and the confidence that it will be spent in a sustainable way that really meets the needs of communities. Amref Health Africa is an impactful and special organisation - I want to share that with as many people as I can here in the UK so they can be part of the Amref family too."
Head of Programmes and Strategic Partnerships
"Growing up with my grandmother in rural Kenya, I experienced first-hand the devastating impact of a fragmented and under-resourced health system. In my 15+ years working with Amref Health Africa across Eastern and Southern Africa, I know this is still commonplace for a majority of communities across the continent. When the world has seen so much technological and socio-economic advancement, how is this possible? Why must some people experience such injustice and disparity because of where they live? And what do we do about it? Such questions drive my commitment to the sector and Amref, an organisation which demonstrates multi-stakeholder, shared-values partnerships built on trust, with communities at heart, are crucial for impactful, sustainable, and replicable health interventions.
At Amref UK, I explore and design these partnerships and programmes, and bring individuals and organisations on this journey. If you’re interested to know more, let’s talk."
Dr Aneesa Ahmed
"I was attracted to Amref Health Africa because of the amazing work the organisation is doing in improving people's health and having a lasting impact. I feel incredibly privileged to work for such a unique charity - one that is truly Africa-led and works alongside communities and governments to strengthen healthcare systems in a sustainable way. My role allows me to combine my healthcare and research background in the best possible way to contribute towards meaningful change. Not to mention all the wonderful people I work with, both in the UK and international offices!"
HR and Operations Manager
"I feel very fortunate to work with such inspirational and knowledgeable colleagues, in an organisation that has a proven track-record in putting local communities at the centre of their decision-making. As Amref Health Africa continues in its ambition to create lasting health change in Africa, I look forward to drawing on my experience from the corporate and voluntary sectors to support HR practice and talent development across our UK and global teams".
Megan Clementson Cox
"Amref Health Africa is an organisation that truly leads with its values. Amref's work is driven by an understanding of the context and realities on the ground, empowering communities to access lasting and sustainable healthcare in Africa. Having studied History and International Relations, I have learnt a lot about how international development should not be done. I therefore feel very proud to work for such an inspiring organisation, which really is Africa-led. As Fundraising Assistant, I am privileged to work closely with our fantastic supporters, who make all of our work possible. I am currently on the Charityworks Graduate programme, and I am so excited to continue learning and contributing towards such an important cause."
"There's a lot to love about being part of the Amref team. In my job, I'm motivated not just by the work we do, but by the way we talk about that work. There's a real shift happening in the humanitarian and global development sector at the moment, in terms of the way we portray the places we work and the people we partner with. I think there's a recognition that we need to be more nuanced, and that we should all be questioning long-held assumptions about representation, perspective and power. I'm really glad that Amref is part of this process. We work with some extraordinary people, all of whom are driving change in their communities. This means we're lucky to have some incredible stories to share!"
Individual Giving Manager
"Being British-Somali, Amref's mission is one that is close to my heart. Hearing the experiences of my Somali family, and having lived in Malawi and spent extensive time in Kenya during my childhood, I became aware from a young age of the challenges faced by many people in Africa in relation to health.
It's a real privilege to work for an organisation that is led by the communities and people that it exists to support. The commitment of Amref's staff and volunteers is both infectious and inspiring - this is something I felt even before I worked here! Through my fundraising role, it's a huge source of motivation for me that I can play a small part in helping Amref increase its impact and improve healthcare for people across Africa."
"I was born in the literary haven of Stratford-Upon-Avon and moved to Zimbabwe with my family when I was six months old, later growing up in South Africa. I, with my three older siblings, was raised by a single mother whose passion for nursing and love for Africa kept the family travelling in search of a better life. Those journeys and experiences have given birth to colourful and many times adventurous stories, but above all to an understanding and appreciation for Africa. For the last 15 years, I have worked as a PA for an African entrepreneur. I moved to London five years ago and love what Amref is doing in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly for women and young girls."
"Freeing our continent from poverty, inequality, and unemployment are the principal challenges that my generation of Africans face. As a South African, I am proud to be part of Amref UK who believes that good health opens opportunities to free individuals and communities from poverty. I am also delighted to be part of a team that puts this belief into action with projects across Africa, which are led by teams on the ground and provide health services and thus the possibility to access education, economic empowerment, and political participation."
"I believe in the transformative power of community-led change, and I feel very proud to be part of a truly African-led organisation that empowers communities to find sustainable solutions to improve health systems. Amref’s unique community-based approach motivates me, as it puts women and girls at the heart of all our efforts to secure the right to health within Africa's most vulnerable and remote communities. I have always been driven by helping to improve people’s lives through community and volunteering experiences. I am very excited to contribute to Amref’s amazing work in creating positive and lasting health change."
Programmes Finance Specialist
"Working in the charity sector has given me an incredibly diverse opportunity to learn, contribute and be part of changing people's lives for the better. I like what Amref Health Africa is doing, especially with providing medical care to women and girls in East Africa. In my role I work alongside an inspiring and gifted team who are motivated by humanitarian values."
Senior Finance Officer
"I feel hugely privileged to be working for Amref Health Africa, a charity which promotes such positive change. With projects in multiple countries across the continent, I became inspired in bringing my knowledge and experience from having worked in Finance roles previously and from the volunteering roles I participated in, the opportunity to work as Finance Officer for Amref Health Africa became the ideal opportunity to combine the two and contribute to the difference being made."
Senior Programme Lead
"Having worked in the sector for over 15 years, I have been privileged to support and travel to many programmes in Africa and Asia and have witnessed that effective development programming works at its best when it is driven from the community level up, while being supported in partnership with civil society, government and the private sector. Amref is a unique and special place to work, as both its historic roots and ambition looking ahead - remain true to this very model. It is a privilege to lead on our FCDO funded consortia work, bringing about an end to FGM/C."
Chair of Trustees
Since graduating from Leeds University Paul Davey has worked for more than 30 years in marketing and communications roles on global leader brands and challenger brands.
He worked for Diageo for 17 years in worldwide marketing roles and built a sales and marketing operation in Russia which he ran as General Manager based in Moscow.
Since 2003 Paul has been a partner at MMS (Modern Marketing Solutions), working for a range of clients on marketing strategy and business planning through to brand development work and communications campaigns.
Paul became a Trustee of Amref Health Africa UK in 2005 and remained on the Board for 10 years. Since 2016, Paul has been a member of the International Fundraising and Communications committee in Nairobi. He rejoined the UK Board in 2019.
Dr Amanda Caine is a graduate of Cambridge University and has an MSc and a PhD from the University of Reading in International Development. She is an expert in gender equality and the use of ICTs in the Global South. During her own research in Uganda, she witnessed the impact of the work that Amref is undertaking through its eLearning project with midwives and she is passionate about ensuring that women have access to high quality sexual and reproductive health services.
She is a Chartered Accountant and has 25 years experience working in senior management roles for INGOs, in the capacity of financial management, governance and strategic planning. For example, she was Finance Director at Farm Africa and a member of the senior management team at Oxfam GB. In her role as a trustee she has helped establish several new INGOs, including GALVmed (the Global Alliance for Veterinary Medicine).
Dr Tinashe Chandauka
Tinashe is an Associate at Oxford Sciences Innovation, a private investment company that invests in breakthrough technologies developed by Oxford University. He is also a Director of Circadian Therapeutics, an early stage biotechnology company. Tinashe has an MD/PhD background that combines a decade of clinical expertise as a frontline healthcare-worker with doctoral training in public health. He completed his doctoral training at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He is a past recipient of the Oxford University Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences "Best Early Stage Researcher Award" (2019). Tinashe’s PhD thesis examined the link between excess maternal surgical deaths and variations in safety culture in South African hospitals.
Tinashe was drawn to Amref Health Africa UK because he believes it is a powerful vehicle for improving maternal health on the continent: "Amref gives me joy and purpose, I want to bring the same energy to this wonderful team."
Simon spent most of his career in professional services with Deloitte LLP. He led the Firm’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Industry practice through a period of significant growth across Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was appointed the CEO of the Firm’s Strategy practice in the region, and operated at Board level with some of Deloitte’s most prestigious international clients. Simon “retired” from Deloitte in 2016. He studied Business Psychology at UCL and now operates as an executive coach, academic and charity Trustee. He has travelled and worked in Africa and has witnessed the huge health challenges faced by the people in that region.
Simon is excited to be part of Amref Health Africa UK because of the vital role we play and the direct impact we have on people’s health and quality of life in the region – an impact that really matters.
Sue was Director of Strategic Programmes at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Sue joined LOCOG after 20 years with Goldman Sachs, most recently as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for the European Special Situations Group and previously as International Treasurer for the firm.
Sue studied Geography at Cambridge University and then trained as an accountant with KPMG and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Sue is passionate about allowing people to reap their full potential. As part of her portfolio she is a nonexecutive director with Impact International, a leading global learning and development organisation and involved with a number of charities, including The Lullaby Trust and Amref Health Africa UK which are both focussed on health.
Since graduating from Oxford University, Beverley has worked for more than 30 years in marketing, operations and sales roles in the pharmaceutical industry.
The majority of her career has been at GSK where she is currently Head of Global Vaccines Commercial Operations. Her experience spans developing unique positioning and strategies for pharmaceuticals at launch and late lifecycle to building capabilities in the changing commercial environment. Beverley loves to travel ,especially where there are exciting physical challenges. Beverley first connected with Amref Heath Africa on a 6-month assignment for Amref based in Nairobi in 2014/15 supporting the medical outreach programme. Since then she has volunteered on a regular basis in the London office and is delighted to now deepen her relationship by joining the UK Board.
Beverley was appointed with the help of Nurole, a specialist board-level recruitment service. For more information, please visit www.nurole.com.
Bridie Layden is Director of Investor Relations at the END Fund, where she works with activist philanthropists in Europe who are committed to harnessing the power of collaborative philanthropy to control and eliminate neglected tropical diseases. She has worked with high net worth clientele in the private and non profit sectors for over a decade, supporting philanthropists on a wide range of giving across health, humanitarian, development, education, and the arts.
Bridie holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Leeds, and a Masters in International Development from Birkbeck University. Bridie joined the Board of Amref UK in 2020, and is excited to join an African-led organisation with a clear focus and deep-rooted knowledge of the health issues facing communities. She believes in the potential for philanthropy to be strategic and impactful but also joyful, and looks to build deep, meaningful connections between philanthropists and the people and places they support.
Bridie was appointed with the help of Nurole, a specialist board-level recruitment service. For more information, please visit www.nurole.com.
Jennifer Mbaluto is a Partner at international law firm Clifford Chance and co-heads the firm’s East Africa practice. She has wide experience of advising on M&A and related commercial transactions in the Telecoms, Media and Technology sectors, and has a focus on emerging markets (particularly, Africa). Jennifer is a member of Clifford Chance London’s gender diversity committee Accelerate>>>, and sits on the firm’s London Pay Gap Working Group. Jennifer is also the firm’s pro bono co-ordinator for Africa and supports a range of the firm’s pro bono clients including Invictus Games Foundations, African Prisons Project and International Lawyers for Africa.
Outside of work, along with being a Trustee of Amref UK, Jennifer co-head of the International Cluster of the Africa CEO Forum's Women in Business Network.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Nairobi and is qualified to practice law in Kenya and in England & Wales. She was born and educated in Kenya.
Jennifer is passionate about equality, education and empowerment.
Our President and Patron
The Duke of Richmond
Amref Health Africa enjoys a long-standing association with the Duke of Richmond & Gordon and the Goodwood Estate. The 10th Duke and Duchess of Richmond first became involved with Amref through their connection with Michael Wood (Amref's founder), his wife Sue, and their farm at Kilimanjaro. The Duke was a supporter of Amref from the early days, when we were known as the Flying Doctors of East Africa. In 1995, he was invited to become President of Amref Health Africa UK, a post he held for the rest of his life, and passed to his son, the 11th Duke of Richmond, on his death in 2017. Amref is honoured that the Duke and his family have chosen to continue his father's generous support for the organisation.
"My family are very happy to continue this long and close association in supporting Amref in the vital work they do in Africa," says the Duke.
HRH The Prince Of Wales
Amref Health Africa is fortunate to have as our Patron HRH The Prince of Wales. A strong advocate for the charity sector, His Royal Highness first encountered Amref during a trip to Kenya in 1971, becoming a Patron in January 1979.
"In the more than fifty years that have elapsed since I first encountered Amref Health Africa, the organisation has evolved to become Africa's leading health NGO – never losing sight of its commitment to community-driven, locally-led change. By partnering with communities to find lasting solutions to the challenges they face, Amref has changed tens of millions of lives. What makes Amref Health Africa unique is its belief in people as a catalyst for change: a belief I share."
- HRH The Prince of Wales, speaking at Amref's International Women's Day event at Clarence House in 2019.
Image (c) Alexi Lubomirski
Banner image: Girls preparing for an ARP ceremony in Tanzania, (c) Adrian Mgaya.