Meet our Board of Trustees
CBM UK relies on the counsel of our board members, who come from a range of backgrounds and who share our mission to break the cycle for people with disabilities in some of the world’s poorest communities.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for CBM UK’s overall performance, providing strategic direction and leadership on behalf of our members and supporters across the UK.
Jan Flawn CBE, Chair of Trustees
Jan left school with no qualifications. As a mum with two young children, one with a disability, Jan went on to become a Registered Nurse, obtaining an MBA and progressing to become a Senior Manager in the Department of Health. Jan started her own business, PJ Care in 2000 when she realised there was no appropriate private health care available for the younger person with neurological conditions.
Jan’s passion for her work has not diminished and she continues to campaign and lobby for the health care sector. She was presented with the national First Woman of Business Services Award in 2013 and was the recipient of a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2014 and in 2016 was awarded an outstanding contribution by an individual at the HealthInvestor Awards.
Jan was appointed CBM UK's Chair of Trustees in 2015.
Adrian Hopkins MBE
Adrian graduated from St Andrews University in medicine in 1971. From 1975 to 1992 he worked in Pimu in the tropical forest of Congo where amongst other work he set up an eye care programme supported by CBM.
In 1993, he joined CBM as a co-worker and worked on onchocerciasis, blindness prevention and ophthalmology training first in Central African Republic and then in Democratic Republic of Congo, also serving on various World Health Organisations and NGO committees. In January 2008 Adrian was appointed as Director for the Mectizan Donation Program (MDP), and was elected to the Global Alliance for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis for which he is Chairperson. Adrian was appointed a Trustee of CBM UK in 2014.
Max graduated in monetary economics from University College London and trained as a chartered accountant. Staying in the profession, he worked in London, Sydney, Nottingham and Sheffield. Since retiring as a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers, Max has held a non-executive position with a listed company and various charitable roles.
Max was appointed a Trustee of CBM UK in 2013 and to the international board of CBM International in June 2014 for which he became chair in 2015. He was previously a Trustee of the Methodist development agency, All We Can (formerly MRDF) and presently serves as a Trustee of the Methodist Ministers Housing Society.
Rachel is a development economist and graduate of Cambridge University, with over 25 years of professional experience, a M.Sc. and MBA. She has lived and worked in Malawi, The Gambia, Latvia, Belarus and Ukraine. Her expertise is raising and managing statutory funding and she is currently Head of Grants and Compliance of the International Rescue Committee, a major humanitarian organisation. She has previous Board experience as NED and Acting Chair of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, and Chair of HealthProm, a charity specialising in health and social care in the Former Soviet Union.
Rachel is Church Warden, Church of the Ascension, Blackheath. She was appointed a Trustee of CBM UK in 2013.
Janine is a chartered Director and a chartered marketing professional with over 22 years of management experience. During the past 10 years, she has worked in the assistive technology sector providing computer and software solutions to help thousands of people with disabilities of all ages.
Janine is currently Managing Director of Iansyst Ltd a leading, award-winning assistive technology company. As a trustee of CBM UK since June 2014, she brings to the board a wealth of marketing, innovation, project delivery and change management experience.
Kristin van Zwieten
Kristin qualified as a lawyer in New South Wales, Australia, and is now an Associate Professor of Law and Finance in the Law Faculty at the University of Oxford. Kristin teaches postgraduate and undergraduate law subjects at Oxford, and carries out research in aspects of company law (especially corporate bankruptcy law) and law and finance in emerging economies (particularly India). She acts as a consultant in relation to corporate bankruptcy law reform projects in emerging economies, including for the World Bank. Kristin became a Trustee of CBM UK in 2014.
Edwin graduated in law from Queens' College Cambridge, and has had a long legal career in the City of London, specialising in corporate and commercial transactions for a wide range of major UK and overseas companies. He is now a consultant with the international law firm CMS Cameron McKenna LLP.
He also has experience as a trustee of various charities relating to disability, and among other appointments he is currently chairman of the trading company of Essex Coalition of Disabled People and vice-chairman of Hertfordshire Society for the Blind. Edwin became a trustee of CBM UK in 2015.
Dr Chinwe Osuchukwu
Chinwe graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1992 and is now a specialist children’s doctor at Central and North West London NHS Trust based in Milton Keynes. Chinwe also works as Consultant Paediatrician within the community specialising in the care of children with complex, neuro developmental needs. She has previous board experience as executive Board member of the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development (ARICD).
Chinwe has served as an international chair, co-ordinating international activities for a local Rotary Club and is an executive member of British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) and Oxford BACD regional Coordinator. Chinwe became a trustee of CBM UK in 2015.