Children with disabilities cheering and wearing medals after disability sports event at CORSU hospital in Uganda.


Meet our Leadership Team

CBM UK employs about 24 people in the UK, with expertise in international development and disability, programme management, fundraising, communications, administration, finance and governance.

Our team provides the highest level of commitment, expertise and skills to achieve our vision of an inclusive world in which all people with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.

The members of the leadership team are the directors of each department within CBM UK.


Kirsty Smith, Chief Executive

Kirsty Smith

Kirsty was appointed as Chief Executive in 2012. Prior to joining CBM UK, she was the Chief Executive for All We Can (formerly MRDF -Methodist Relief Development Fund), specialising in strategy and organisational leadership. Kirsty has held key posts with a variety of voluntary sector organisations, including the Methodist Church as their Campaigns Director for Youth and Community.

Kirsty was Vice Chair of Bond, the UK membership body for NGOs working in International Development from 2008 to 2011 and has a Master’s Degree in International Development.


HarrietHarriet Millward, Director of Fundraising & Communications

Harriet joined CBM UK as Director of Fundraising & Communications in September 2013, with a responsibility of maximising income and partnering with supporters to help transform the lives of people with disability in the world’s poorest communities.

Prior to joining CBM UK, Harriet helped to grow Alzheimer’s Research UK to become the second largest charity in the world funding dementia research. Harriet has over a decade of experience in fundraising and communications across a range of roles.

Harriet has a degree in physics and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.


PhilipPhilip Nye, Director of Finance & Corporate Services

Philip was appointed as Director of Finance & Corporate Services in 2013. He brings many years of experience in helping organisations to develop and deliver financial management and business strategies and comes to the international development sector with an extensive leadership experience gained in the charity and commercial sector.

Philip is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has BSc in Mechanical Engineering.  


JamesJames Thornberry, Director of International Programmes

James joined CBM UK as Director of International Programmes in 2015 and is responsible for the strategic development of all our programme activities to ensure ever greater reach, focus and impact for people with disabilities, their families and communities.

James brings many years of experience in international development, most recently as Director of Sense International, a global charity supporting deafblind people in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Peru, Romania and Uganda.  Previously he has worked at Médecins Sans Frontières, CAFOD, WaterAid, and the Department for International Development (DfID).

James trained as nurse, specialising in tropical diseases. He has BA degree in International Relations and French, and an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing.


Adrian Sell, Chief Executive Officer, BasicNeeds UK 

In July 2017,  international mental health NGO BasicNeeds UK became a wholly owned subsidiary of CBM UK. Adrian has over twenty years experience in the charity, social enterprise, government and private sectors and is passionate about both mental health and international development work.  Formerly Executive Director of Oxford Parent Infant Project (OXPIP),  Adrian has also worked for Oxfam in six countries across three continents, as Director of Service for an older people’s charity and as Operations Manager for a social enterprise.

Babar Qureshi, Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases and Senior Medical Advisor

Dr Babar Qureshi

Dr Qureshi is the Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases and Senior Medical Advisor for CBM International. He is also the Co-Chair for International Agency for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB-EMR), board member of the International Council of Ophthalmology, Chairs the Global ICO task force on refractive errors and is the Chair of the EMR Alliance for Trachoma control.

Prior to joining CBM, Babar worked as an ophthalmologist in Nigeria and Pakistan, becoming Secretary of the National Committee for Prevention of Blindness and Secretary of the National Trachoma Task force.

Babar graduated as a medical doctor in Nigeria and did his residency in Ophthalmology in Nigeria and Austria, before going on to complete a Masters Degree in Community Eye Health in London.


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