Changing faces on our Trustee Board

Posted on: Friday, 5th July, 2019
The retiring trustees with CEO Kirsty Smith

CBM is bidding farewell to five Trustees after a combined 26 years’ service.  Jan Flawn, Max Teare, Rachel Jones, Adrian Hopkins and Kristin Van Zwieten , who completed their terms as trustee in July 2019, have brought a wealth of knowledge and experience and  been instrumental in shaping CBM UK's future.

Kirsty Smith, CBM UK Chief Executive, says:

“It’s with a huge sense of gratitude – and some sadness – that we say goodbye to these amazing Board members. Their tireless commitment, wise counsel and outstanding leadership over many years has been instrumental in helping to shape our work and deliver the greatest possible benefit for people with disabilities in the world’s poorest places. Thanks to their efforts, CBM UK is doing more than ever today to transform lives – and as we welcome new faces to the Board we’re strongly placed to do even more in the coming years”.

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. Trustees are volunteers who bring a wide range of expertise and skills and commit to a 3-year term, which can be extended by a further 3 years.

We say goodbye and heartfelt thanks to:

  • Jan Flawn CBE, who has been CBM UK’s Chair of Trustees since 2015, providing high quality leadership and acting as an outstanding ambassador for our work. Founder of the award-winning health care company PJ Care, which provides specialist care for people with neurological conditions, Jan is an active campaigner for health care and a champion for women in business. 
  • Retired Chartered Accountant Max Teare joined the Board in 2013. He has also served as a member of the CBM International Board since 2014 and as its Chair from 2015-2016, and as Chair of the CBM UK Finance and Audit Committee. He will still remain a part of the CBM UK family as an extraordinary member of the Finance Committee.
  • Rachel Jones, a Trustee since 2013, is a development economist who has lived and worked in Malawi, Gambia, Latvia, Belarus and Ukraine. An expert in working with institutional funders, Rachel has chaired the CBM UK Programmes Committee, driving CBM to constantly improve standards and increase accountability.
  • A Trustee since 2014, Dr Adrian Hopkins MBE has brought decades of experience in eye health and Neglected Tropical Diseases to the Board. After many years working for CBM as an ophthalmologist in central Africa, he has advised numerous World Health Organisation and NGO committees and from 2008-2016 was Director of the Mectizan Donation Programme (MDP), which oversees the donation of the drug Mectizan for river blindness.
  • Kristin Van Zwieten, an Associate Professor of Law and Finance at Oxford University, is an expert in company law and finance in emerging economies and acts as a consultant in relation to corporate bankruptcy law reform projects, including for the World Bank. Kristin became a Trustee of CBM UK in 2014 and has served as Chair of CBM UK’s Governance Committee and a member of the International Board of CBM International.

Several new Trustees have recently joined the Board to replace those who have ended their terms of service. Robert McCorquodale, Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Nottingham, takes over as Chair of Trustees, while Rob Dillarstone and Gill Kelly also joined earlier this year.  Read more about all of our Board members.

We are currently looking for Trustees with either Financial Management or International Development skills to join our Board. For more information, download the Trustee Recruitment pack.


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