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


Meet our Leadership Team

CBM UK employs about 45 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 twenty years of experience in fundraising and communications across a range of roles.

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

Matthew Hanning Matthew Hanning, Director of International Programmes 

Matthew joined CBM UK as Director of International Programmes in June 2018, bringing over 20 years of experience of disability inclusive development. He has been passionate about creating opportunities for people with disabilities since volunteering at a school for deaf and deafblind children in Jordan as a gap year student.

Since 2002, Matthew has worked for CBM in the Middle East, Australia and most recently as Country Director for Indonesia from 2012-2018. He has a Masters in Disability and Development Studies from the University of Leeds.

Ian Barker, Director of Finance & Operations

Ian Barker, CBM UKIan joined CBM UK as Director of Finance and Operations in July 2021, with responsibility for overseeing the charity’s finances and maximising organisational efficiency, effectiveness and innovation. He brings over 15 years of experience within the charity sector, most recently with Cambridgeshire-based disability charity Papworth Trust, where he was the Head of Finance.

Ian is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a degree in economics.

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