Medsin-UK has been a registered charity since 2005 (Registered Charity Number 1111824) and is hence legally obliged to have a Board of Trustees. Initially, the National Committee served as the Board of Trustees, but in 2010 the Medsin Network voted to appoint an external board, comprising professionals with experience in finance and law as well as a wide range of global health experts. Our Board of Trustees now works closely with the National Committee in overseeing the running of the network. Alongside being legally accountable for Medsin’s work to the Charity Commission, the board has three main priority areas: governance, sustainability, and mentorship.

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Presenting your Board of Trustees

Interim Chair: Graham Lister
I am Visiting Professor in Health and Social Care at London South Bank University and a Senior Fellow at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. I have served as Chair of the College of Health, a member of the NICE Partners Council, Buckinghamshire Health Authority and the Health Protection Agency, Global Health Technical Sub-Committee. I have worked with Medsin since 2002 and currently teach global health diplomacy and advocacy to IFMSA representatives to the World Health Assembly.

A sample of my work is available at I have lived and worked on aspects of health policy and management in Africa, Asia, and Europe for 40 years.

Varuschka Nagesar
I am a South African lawyer currently working in London for a global IT consulting
company specializing in contract management.  My previous work experience consists of being a research clerk to Justices in the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitution Court of South Africa, practicing corporate law in a global law firm and in-house counsel for a big South African Bank. Before moving to London I completed a social entrepreneurship diploma which gave me a deeper perspective on the challenges faced by the non-profit sector and the need for creating more self-sustaining practices within organisations.

On a more personal note, I am enjoying discovering the different things that London and the UK has to offer from the great arts & culture to the beautiful places and people.

Treasurer: Charlie Jones
I am a Chartered ACA Accountant and have worked in finance since beginning my career at PricewaterhouseCoopers twelve years ago. I now run a financial recruitment business which aims to bring a higher level of accountancy knowledge to the traditional recruiting process.

My role as Treasurer on the board of trustees is to oversee the finance process in the

charity, to advise on the preparation of accounts and forecasts, and to mentor Medsin members who have responsibility at all levels for the management of money in the organisation.

Outside of work I enjoy long distance running; a great excuse to get away from everything and spend some time in the quiet.

David Webber
In my day job I am currently between roles, having most recently been the Director of HR, Finance and Internal Services at the Workers’ Educational Association.  In this capacity I worked closely with members, volunteers and trustees and was involved in many funding bids.

Since my training as a teacher and through my work in HR and change management I have been committed to enabling people. This is evident through my many roles relating to personal and organisation development. I was delighted to be appointed as Trustee of Medsin, where I hope to use my skills and experience in building the organisation’s sustainability and am also a Trustee of the village Community Association, which promotes organisations committed to education.

In my personal life I’m married to Diane and we have four children with ages ranging from 22 to 14. I’m a Manchester United supporter and my other interests range from quizzes to bird watching. I’m also heavily involved with my local church.

Daniela Valdes

Daniela currently works for the NHS in the implementation of Population Health Strategies for Health and Social care in London. With a background in Development Economics, and studies in Global Healthcare from Harvard School of Public Health, Daniela ValdésDaniela has worked for Deloitte, the World Bank and academia, both nationally and
internationally. She joined Medsin as she acknowledges the revolutionary element behind the belief of healthcare for all and healthcare as a right. She has seen first-hand how solving health pro
blems can lead to socioeconomic development and greater welfare for those who deserve it the most. Conversely, she is aware of how the socioeconomic determinants of health, together with the configuration of health systems, might lead to unnecessary loss of life.
In her time with Medsin Daniela has advised on alternative funding streams, support from high net worth individuals, as well as branding for our conferences.

Stephan Matlin

I am an Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College, London and a Senior Fellow in the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. I have worked in academia as a Professor of Biological Chemistry, in the Commonwealth StephenSecretariat as Director of the health and education division, as Executive Director of the Global Forum for Health Research in Geneva and in diverse roles in non-governmental organizations concerned with health, development and equity.

As a Trustee, my aim is to use my knowledge of global health issues and experience of working in international settings to help Medsin develop as an organization and to expand its reach and impact.

I live in London and my wife and I fill our spare time with travel and enjoying the theatre, art, architecture and our grandchildren.

Samita Mukhopadhyay


I am a GP with 23 years experience working in the NHS. I qualified in Kolkata and have worked in India for 5 years before moving to the UK. I am a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

 I hold a masters degree in medical education and I am a GP trainer. Currently, I am a board member of the east Anglia Faculty of the RCGP and part of the Faculty international network.


Ex-Offico: Benjamin Eder

Jamie Scuffell

Karthick Selvakumar