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.
Robert McCorquodale - Chair
Robert McCorquodale is Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Nottingham. He also works as a barrister in London and is founder and Principal of Inclusive Law, a consultancy working with communities, civil society, corporations, international organisations and governments around the world on business and human rights issues.
Robert joined CBM's Board after witnessing through his work how the voices and needs of people with disabilities are routinely neglected or overlooked. He joined the Board of CBM UK in December 2018 and became its Chair in May 2019.
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 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 , a graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is a specialist children’s doctor at Central and North West London NHS Trust, based in Milton Keynes. She also works as Consultant Paediatrician in 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, where 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 to civic and voluntary roles. 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 , she 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.
Rob graduated with a law degree from University College London in 1983 and qualified as a solicitor at Greenwoods in 1986. He has spent his career as an employment lawyer before becoming Greenwoods’ Managing Partner in 2009.
Rob led Greenwoods on its merger in 2018 with central London firm, GRM Law, to create Greenwoods GRM where Rob is now Managing Partner. Rob is passionate about leadership and the firm’s values of respect, excellence, freedom and fun.
Rob worships at St Peter’s Church, Oundle. He is a keen runner and avid fan of Peterborough United. Rob became a Trustee of CBM UK in 2019.
Gill initially qualified as a nurse and midwife. Her early experience includes working as a midwife in an Eastern Sudanese refugee camp, following the1983-5 Ethiopian famine. Following her Masters Degree, Gill held several senior management positions in the NHS.
In 2000 Gill established a management consultancy company to develop a portfolio of NHS and health sector reform work. She has since worked in Africa, Asia and South America in addition to the NHS.
Throughout her career, Gill has held positions as charitable trustee including currently as a PCC member of St Mark’s Church, Cambridge. She is passionate about ensuring that sustainable solutions are identified to improve outcomes for service users, engage staff and provide greater focus. She became a CBM UK Trustee in January 2019.
Elizabeth is a headteacher with a longstanding career in education and a law graduate with experience of working in the private and the not for profit sector.
She acts as an advocate for people with disabilities and provides them with a voice. She has represented clients in various professional arenas, won cases at tribunals and taken part in the national Disability Rights Campaign.
When her son received his diagnosis of Autism, Elizabeth’s focus shifted back to education. In her leadership role, she successfully restructured an independent special school and mentored school leaders in Rwanda through the British Schools Council.
Charity work includes training with the British Red Cross and providing tribunal helpline support as a volunteer caseworker with IPSEA (Independent Provider of Special Education Advice). Elizabeth became a CBM UK Trustee in 2019.
Jayne trained as an accountant with a small firm in Hertford, before joining Deloitte in 1999. She worked with a wide range of corporate and charity organisations before deciding to specialise in the charity and not for profit sector.
Jayne currently acts as specialist adviser to charity and not for profit organisations of all sizes, as Partner at PEM. She is passionate about working with charities, finding it both inspiring and rewarding.
In her spare time, Jayne loves travelling and exploring the world. She became a CBM UK Trustee in 2020.