Target TB is fortunate enough to have Interns to support the Programmes and Fundraising Team, as well as other volunteers who regularly give up their spare time to help support our activities.
Sir Christopher France, KGCB, previously the vice-Chairman of Target TB, has now become one of our Patrons. Sir Christopher finished his career as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence while prior to this he was at the Department of Health.
Patsy Wright-Warren, CBE, spent her career working as a community nurse and as a nursing adviser in the Department of Health and Social Security. After retiring, she became Projects Officer for the Ryder Cheshire Foundation, visiting the overseas projects in India, Nepal and Tanzania each year and the Foundations in Australia and New Zealand occasionally. In 2000, she became Chairman of the Ryder-Cheshire Foundation and later of Target Tuberculosis. Patsy retired as a Trustee of Target Tuberculosis in 2010, and is now an honorary patron.
Felicity Kendal, CBE, much loved actress of the British sitcom, The Good Life, became our first Patron in 2008.
Dick Bird, OBE, has been the Chairman of Target TB since 2005. In a long career with VSO he was successively Overseas Director, UK Director and Fundraising Director. Now retired, he is Honorary Vice President of VSO. He holds several charity trusteeships and is active in community issues in London where he lives.
Helen Bray is Director of Communication for the publishers Wiley Blackwell. She previously held roles as Head of Communications for the 2011 Census, as Corporate Affairs Director for Schering Healthcare and Head of Marketing and Sales Support for Bayer Schering Pharma. She is also a Governor of the University of Chichester.
Dr Ian Harper is a Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh. Dr Harper has extensive international development experience in South Asia, both as a practitioner and researcher, and over twenty years experience in TB control programmes, initially as a medical doctor and at programmatic levels, and more latterly in research and as an advisor. Dr Harper has published extensively on TB control, from issues around MDRTB, to the experiences that those suffering from TB face in accessing treatment and services.
Marcus Hickman runs a market research consultancy, Davies Hickman Ltd, specialising in marketing communications and customer contact. He was previously Managing Director of the think-tank The Henley Centre and Deputy Head of Fundraising for VSO.
Dr Sarah Morgan is a medical doctor specialising in global health. She has worked for a variety of international NGOs across many countries on a range of health issues, including TB programmes in Afghanistan, South Sudan and Somalia. Her special interest is strengthening communities to improve their health and access quality health care when needed. She is currently finishing further studies at the Institute for Global Health, UCL.
Professor Melanie Newport specialises in Infectious Diseases and Global Health at the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She has spent 3 years working in TB focused clinics in West Africa and is an Associate Editor for the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. Her research interests include host susceptibility to tuberculosis looking in particular at peoples genes.
Dr Munirat Ogunlayi is a Nurse Midwife and holds a PhD degree in Medical Sociology. Her area of expertise includes management of health and HIV/AIDS programmes. She has worked at various levels with NGOs, private organisations, bilateral and multilateral agencies. She currently works as a consultant for ITAD Limited UK managing the Health and HIV/AIDS portfolio. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Nigerian HIV/AIDS Vaccine and Microbicides Advocacy Group (NHVMAG) and Advantage Africa, UK.
Christa Paxton specialises in management advice for voluntary organisations and currently acts as Management Advisor to the largest mental health charity in Cambodia. Previously she has been Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation, Head of Fundraising for VSO and founding director of a marine contracting company.
Andrew Russell FCA, Hon Treasurer, was until his retirement Senior Partner of Mazars Neville Russell, Chartered Accountants where, among his wider professional responsibilities, he was Chairman of the firm's Charity Sector Group. He has always taken a special interest in charities and is currently Trustee of several charitable organisations.
Dr Maya Unnithan is Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Sussex in the UK. Maya’s current research interests are in medical anthropology especially as related to childbirth, maternal and reproductive health, infertility, reproductive technologies, rights and ethics. Her previous work focused on development, caste, kinship, gender and migration. She has conducted field research in India since 1986.