Ru MacDonagh


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 Farrow


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.

Jon Rees


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 Cunningham


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!

Nick Campain


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 Moore


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’.

Ian Franklin


Ian is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has worked for over 30 years as a finance professional in the healthcare industry. Ian’s work has a broad international scope and, having also lived and worked overseas for 11 of those years, Ian is looking forward to bringing his experience to help the work of HIPZ.

“I am really excited to become a Trustee of HIPZ. Although I am a newcomer to the HIPZ ‘family’ my immediate impressions are of an organisation with a well-established modus operandi for delivering and supporting improved health solutions for the people of Zanzibar. I am looking forward to playing a part in this and bringing some of my experience to help further support the work of HIPZ.”

Michael Sugden


Michael is CEO of the VCCP Partnership. VCCP is a full service creative, media and experience agency headquartered in London and employing 1,000 people in 8 locations around the world. Some of VCCP’s key clients include O2,, Cadbury, Macmillan, Amnesty International, EasyJet, Nationwide and Google.

“I, and VCCP, have been lucky enough to be a very small part of the HIPZ story since Ru founded it in 2007. I have always been impressed how HIPZ can make so little go so far. HIPZ is efficient, agile and focused only on the impact they can deliver. They are everything a contemporary charity should be. It was a very easy decision when Ru asked me to become a Trustee and I can’t wait to help HIPZ deliver even more in the future”.

Dr Nikki Biggs


Nikki is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine with sub-speciality training in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. She trained in Southampton and spent several years working in New Zealand before completing specialist training across London. She spent nearly a year working as a volunteer with HIPZ between 2017-8 having undertaken the DTM&H in Liverpool. She is a member of the RCEM Global Emergency Medicine Committee and has a specific interest in paediatric burns injuries in LMIC settings. She is a passionate educator and an advocate for wellbeing, staff support and human factors in medical leadership. 

“Coming on board as a Trustee for HIPZ is such a privilege. The ethos of the organisation; of honesty, transparency and a true commitment to collaborative working to facilitate sustainable change is apparent at every turn. I hope to be able to bring my expertise in Emergency Medicine and my experience of working on the island, to help continue the incredible work already being done.” 

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