Ru is a Consultant surgeon in Taunton, and has extensive experience of working in Tanzania and Zanzibar in the early 1990’s. It was there he met Dr Mohamed Jiddawi who was later to become the Principal Secretary to the Minister of Health in Zanzibar. It was in response to a direct appeal from Dr Jiddawi for help to improve the hospital and healthcare at the rural hospital at Makunduchi that Ru founded HIPZ in 2006. Ru was awarded a BEM in 2016 in recognition of the impact of his charitable work in Zanzibar.
Caitlin has held a variety of public policy and research posts since graduating with a first class degree from Nottingham University in 2005 and is the Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Anthony Nolan. She has co-written reports on the rights of child migrants and on trafficking in the UK. Since 2006 Caitlin worked as a researcher for an MP and more recently for an east London local authority, specialising in housing, immigration and public health policy. Caitlin moved to Zanzibar in September 2012 with her partner Mike where she took on the role of Project Manager for HIPZ. She was instrumental in the transformation of Kivunge hospital and has put in place secure financial processes. She returned to UK in August 2013 and has agreed to become a trustee.
A General Practitioner in North Somerset, Jon was previously a surgical trainee in Taunton working with Ru MacDonagh. During his time in Taunton, Jon went to work at Mnazi Moja Hospital in Stonetown, Zanzibar under Mr Mohammed Jiddawi, a valued friend and supporter of HIPZ. Jon has also spent time working in hospitals in Lesotho, South Africa and Tanzania. He has been a trustee of HIPZ since 2010 and has a particular interest in the management of ‘non-communicable disease’ (e.g. high blood pressure) in Zanzibar.
Laura was first introduced to HIPZ in 2006, when she was working in Tanzania for CARE International. HIPZ had been operating at Makunduchi for just a year when she visited, and she has remained in touch with the HIPZ team since then, more recently helping to organise the 10th Anniversary Fundraisers in London and Zanzibar. Laura brings with her over 20 years of commercial experience in strategy, marketing and general business management, plus a love of organising fundraising events and activities!
A surgical trainee who has worked and travelled in several African countries, Nick spent 9 months working in Zanzibar. He worked in Makunduchi in 2011 and oversaw the renovation of the hospital wards as well as helping to manage the expanding surgical service and other hospital facilities. He strongly believes in the HIPZ ethos of working in partnership with the Ministry of Health in Zanzibar to improve healthcare systems.
Susie has worked in the Advertising and Marketing world for over 14 years, including the launch of Orange, the re-brand of O2, and the transformation of the former millenium dome to The O2. She now wants to put her experience to good use on HIPZ, ‘in the business of saving lives’.
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