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.
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.
Pam is currently Head of Economy and Culture at Milton Keynes Council, her portfolio covers a wide range of activities that are crucial to the economic success of people and businesses. Pam has many transferable skills which are reflected in her diverse career from an entrepreneur at a very early age after her father’s death to civic and voluntary roles. Her determination does not stop at her career as she has given great importance alongside her career to furthering her education from a MBA to now studying for a Doctorate of Philosophy.
Pam received a Women leaders MK award in 2015 for the work she has done within the business community which led to her taking up a position of Trustee on the Women Leaders UK charity. Pam is also a Vice President for the MK Community Foundation and also mentors many individuals who have gone on to achieve positive outcomes in their careers and education.
Following graduation from York University, Mary has worked with people with disabilities throughout her career in both the statutory and voluntary sectors. Having worked as an Assistant Director of Commissioning Children’s Social Services in a London Borough; Mary then went onto be Chief Executive of Livability for eight years, a national charity which offers a wide range of social care and educational provision. Following this was Chief Executive of one of London’s Teaching Hospital’s NHS grant giving charity.
Since stepping down from her CEO roles, Mary has taken on several charity and health board positions, including serving a three year term as a Non- Executive Director of a Community Health Care Service. She was appointed as a Trustee of CBM in 2017.
James graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Worcester College, Oxford and has gone on to work in both politics and international development. A chartered manager, James currently works for Save the Children UK (SCUK), bridging the gap between fundraising and programmes to create shared value for SCUK and its partners.
James is a serving army reservist who, after completing a short service commission for a year, returned to a counter-terrorism role in London as a Reserves Troop Commander. In his spare time he loves Skydiving and will soon be qualified to take tandem jumps. James was appointed a trustee of CBM UK in 2017.
Kit graduated from Durham University in English Language and Literature and later took a PGCE in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the London Institute of Education. She used her TEFL qualification as a passport to living and working overseas, including Tanzania, Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Russia.
Kit later diversified into university lecturing, broadcasting, script writing, editing, research, organisational development and international development in the charity sector. She currently facilitates student workshops developing intercultural awareness and competencies for the University of Warwick and is a Trustee for a small charity linking her hometown to Uyogo, a community in Tanzania. Kit was appointed as a trustee for CBM UK in May 2018 following the merger with BasicNeeds, where she had latterly worked.