WMF STAFF IN THE UK

Our operations are headquartered in the UK in Kings Lynn in the county of Norfolk. We have a team in Malawi and several partners across Africa.

MICHAEL BURT

Founder

Following a Science Research Council funded secondment to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London, where he was involved in elementary particle research and rocket science, Michael joined the Medical Physics team at the Royal London Hospital. Working on the Dialysis Unit and Intensive Care Unit, he was involved in the development of single needle access for haemodialysis and other procedures including haemodiaperfusion. Michael used much of his annual leave to volunteer with charities working in Africa. His experiences during these times provided the motivation to found WMF with clear, key objectives:

  • A “Dust on the boots” approach, rather than theory.
  • To work hand in hand with the local community.
  • To deliver high achievement on the ground with low administration costs.

NAZLIE CHAN-WING-YEN

Project Coordinator

Nazlie was born on L’Ile de La Reunion, off the East African coast. Previously an employment consultant, she gave her time as a volunteer before becoming an employee. She brings a pragmatic approach with great attention to detail to on-the-ground project management and always ensures they deliver their objectives and remain within budget in resource-poor environments.

Dr TIM WIGGIN BSc MBBS MRCGP MSc

Medical Adviser

Formally Medical Superintendent at St Anne’s Mission Hospital, Nkhotakota, Malawi, Dr Wiggin is a general practitioner with an interest in palliative care.

So far, he has spent over fifteen years working in Africa including three years liaising with WMF when he was Medical Officer at St Anne’s Mission Hospital in Malawi. He contributed towards the development of the HIV treatment guidelines for Malawi’s Ministry of Health and facilitated the development of the hospital as a tuberculosis treatment unit for the national programme. He has also been involved in developing the antiretroviral clinic to treat HIV.

Thanks to Tim, palliative care medicine was introduced for Malawian inpatients and those being treated at home. With the help of the clinical officers, Tim has developed safe surgical practice for delivery of the regional maternity services.

Dr FAIZ KERMANI PHD

Director of Media Relations

Faiz’s background is in medical research and the pharmaceutical sector, where he has held both scientific and commercial roles in Europe and the US. He has practical experience with launching and publicising the work of non-profit organizations, especially in the field of healthcare and education. He has also published a number of articles on neglected diseases and disparities in global healthcare.

Faiz has a PhD in Immunopharmacology from St. Thomas’ Hospital London and a Degree in Pharmacology with Toxicology from King’s College London.

DR CAROLINE LOCKLEY

Medical Advisor

Having graduated in medicine from the University of Leicester in 2012, Dr Caroline Lockley is now a GP trainee in Southampton. As part of her foundation training she also completed an academic year in Paediatrics. Her background includes a BSc in Psychology and Sociology from Keele University, which she believes opened the doors of medicine to her.
Dr Lockley says, “Since my first encounter with the WMF I have been a keen advocate and supporter of the work they do. It was during my medical elective (a compulsory part of medical training) that I was given the invaluable opportunity to travel to Malawi with the WMF to see first-hand the great work they do. It would have been impossible to come home and forget what I had seen there. I had been fortunate enough to be involved with some amazing work and I wanted to continue being a part of that work from home. My small contrition includes proof reading various articles produced by the WMF as well as liaising with current medical students and producing information for those thinking about embarking on an elective with the WMF.
“The need for better medicine in the developing world was my driving force for taking this career path and I will endeavor to never lose sight of that. With a little more training under my belt I hope to return to Malawi with the WMF.”

RUTH CALKINS

Long term supporter

Ruth lived in Africa in the 1960’s for over ten years and when the AIDS crisis hit Africa was very disturbed, knowing the problems that already existed.  So she created a website to bring awareness about the situation.  Through this website, she met Michael Burt and was so impressed with the work he was doing in Malawi, she offered to help and that is how WMF-USA began!  Ruth visits Malawi every year and in 2016 she spent 4 months in Nkhotakota training a group of women the art of sewing, quilting and jewellery making.

WMF STAFF IN MALAWI

Our team in Malawi is composed primarily of local people, passionate about delivering healthcare to children in remote areas

OUR MALAWI TEAM

Executive Director

One of the most respected clinicians in Malawi, Matson joined the organization in 2004 as Chief Clinical Officer. He has previous extensive experience in both the medical and surgical fields and has worked in both the Mission Hospital and Government District General Hospital sectors. He is rightly regarded as one of the leading surgeons in the region and employs his skills in our Mobile Surgical Unit.

In 2013 Matson was promoted to the senior executive post in Malawi and has excelled in this role, demonstrating excellent managerial skills.

OUR MALAWI TEAM

The Team

Our team in Malawi is made up of dedicated and passionate clinical team who take on the challenge of working in remote areas. Clinical Officers deliver by far the bulk of medical care in Malawi. Doctors are very much a rarity and many will be volunteers from overseas. You can read more about our Malawi team on our Meet Our Medical Team page.