Our International Experts

Meet our international experts

Our team of leading global experts in disability and development ensure that CBM’s work has a lasting impact and is based on the latest research and good practice.
They provide professional assistance and advice to project staff and specialists on the ground, helping to develop local capacity and ensure that there is a legacy of skills for the future.

These are some of CBM’s British/UK-supported professionals currently working around the world.

Professor Dr. Allen Foster OBE (Ophthalmologist), United Kingdom

Professor Dr. Allen Foster was the President of CBM International until June 2013. Allen, originally from Lancashire in the UK, graduated with Honours in Medicine from the University of Birmingham in 1973. Allen is married to Penny and they have 3 grown up children.

Allen was a general medical officer in a mission hospital in Tanzania from 1975 to 1985, Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Ophthalmology / Moorfields Eye Hospital from 1985 to 1999 and Medical Consultant / Director of CBM from 1985 to 2005. In 1998 Allen received an O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire) ‘For services to Ophthalmology in the developing world’. He is now a Professor in International Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. 

Dr Julian Eaton (Mental Health Advisor), Togo

Dr Julian Eaton is CBM’s mental health advisor for West Africa. He lives in Togo with his wife, Polly, and their two children. He was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo and trained as a doctor in London before specializing as a psychiatrist. Prior to moving to Togo, Julian and his family lived in Nigeria for 8 years.

Julian's work includes supporting regional partners as they develop mental health work in their projects and working with other organisations (including governments) to improve the services that they offer to people with mental health problems.

Dr Colin Cook (Ophthalmologist and Senior Medical Advisor), South Africa

Dr Colin Cook has been working with CBM in Africa since 1996. He is CBM's Senior Eye Medical Advisor and is based at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

Dr Cook also trains other ophthalmologists and ophthalmic nurses; he manages the provincial programme partnership and is the CBM Regional Medical Advisor visiting other CBM supported projects in the Southern African region.

Liz Cross MBE (Deputy Regional Director for Central East Asia & Regional Advisor for CBR), Thailand

Liz Cross, a social worker from England, began working with CBM in 1988. In 2010 Liz moved to the Bangkok Regional Office and is now Deputy Regional Director for the Central East Asia Office. Liz is also a Regional Advisor for community-based rehabilitation (CBR). Liz received an MBE in 2000.

Dr Andrew Hodges (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon), Uganda

Dr Andrew Hodges is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who joined CBM in 2005. He is based in Kampala and works at the Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services in Uganda (CoRSU) Rehabilitation Hospital, helping the many children and adults who are suffering severe disability which can be restored through reconstructive surgery.

Dr Hodges also works at the Government teaching hospital operating on adults with disabilities. In both places he teaches and trains surgeons from East Africa to perform plastic surgery.

Dr Steve Mannion (Orthopaedic Advisor), United Kingdom

Steve Mannion MA Mchir DTM&H DMCC FRCS (Tr & Orth) Hon. Fellow RSM is an Orthopaedic Advisor for CBM. Steve has worked with CBM for a number of years dividing his time between Malawi and the UK.

Steve, who is a world authority on clubfoot, regularly works in places such as Malawi, Laos and Papua New Guinea where he champions the Ponseti Method - a non-surgical corrective treatment for clubfoot - and actively works to train the technique to others. In 2008 he was described by the BBC as the "Indiana Jones of Surgery" and appeared on BBC One's 'Super Doctors' series alongside Lord Robert Winston.

Dr Andrew Potter (Ophthalmologist), Benin

Dr Andrew Potter has worked with CBM since 1984 in francophone countries in West Africa. In Parakou, Andrew works at André de Tinré Hospital, large eye hospital in French West Africa. It conducts over 4,000 operations each year including outreach clinics throughout Benin and into neighbouring countries. The hospital is also a training centre for eye nurses and ophthalmologists.

Dr Norgrove Penny (Global Advisor on Physical Impairment Issues), Canada

Dr. Norgrove Penny is an orthopaedic surgeon in Victoria, British Columbia. He also works for CBM as the Global Advisor on physical impairment issues.

Norgrove has been an advisor to the World Health Organization's Disability and Rehabilitation Team. Among his research interests are Ponseti treatment for babies with clubfoot deformity, structural birth defects, chronic osteomyelitis, and prevention of childhood disability in developing countries. Norgrove also works with the International Center for Evidence in Disability at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr Michiel Steenbeek (Physiotherapist), Netherlands

Michiel Steenbeek is a physiontherapist from Netherlands and has worked for CBM since 1997. Michiel was also involved in setting up a nationwide network for comprehensive rehabilitation services in Uganda and from there moved to Nairobi, Kenya, where he performed advisory assignments at physiotherapy and orthopaedic rehabilitation programmes throughout East Africa.

Steenbeek now works for CBM’s global physical impairment programme and is involved in strategy development and implementation for people with physical disabilities.

Dr Heiko Philippin (Ophthalmologist), Tanzania

Dr Heiko Philippin is an ophthalmologist and has worked for CBM since 2007, starting in the eye clinic in Sabatia Hospital, Kenya, from where he ran mobile eye clinics around Kenya and trained local eye specialists.

Since November 2009, Dr Philippin has worked at the 'Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre' (KCMC) in Moshi, Tanzania. He currently heads up CBM’s African Glaucoma Laser Trial which is looking at transforming treatment for glaucoma in Sub-Saharan Africa and is supported by CBM and Standard Chartered Seeing is Believing Innovation Fund.