Our Board

Amref Health Africa UK is governed by a Board of Trustees.

The Board meets regularly to discuss governance matters, including the charity’s vision, mission and strategic direction.

​Dr Nigel Lightfoot, CBE (Chair)

Dr Nigel Lightfoot CBE has a long and distinguished career in public health and global health security and until October 2016 was the Executive Director of CORDS (Connecting Organisations for Regional Disease Surveillance). The goal of CORDS is to detect the next epidemic earlier and respond faster. During this time he worked in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South East Asia developing one health approaches to contain infectious disease outbreaks. During the Ebola epidemic in West Africa he identified the need for risk communication training of African health workers and with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation delivered an Ebola Intensified Preparedness Programme to workers from 22 countries. He learned that in order to achieve change you have to work closely with the people who will benefit. His major achievement was to get the 15 countries of West Africa working together as an epidemiology network. 
Dr Lightfoot was until 2010 the Director for Emergency Response at the Health Protection Agency, leading on pandemic influenza, emerging health threats, CBRN response strategies and international relations in these areas playing a leading part in the Global Health Security Initiative of G7.
Dr Lightfoot was honoured as a Commander of the British Empire for services to public health in the 2009 New Year’s Honours List.


Alistair Smith

Alistair Smith has twenty years of experience in public relations and communications in the UK and internationally. He is currently UK & Ireland Strategic Communications Director at EY, a global professional services firm. Prior to this he worked in communications roles at Barclays and in PR consultancy. He is a graduate of Strathclyde and Stirling Universities. 

Alistair lives near London with his wife and son.

Sue Hunt

Sue was Director of Strategic Programmes at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Sue joined LOCOG after 20 years with Goldman Sachs, most recently as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer for the European Special Situations Group and previously as International Treasurer for the firm.

Sue studied Geography at Cambridge University and then trained as an accountant with KPMG and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. 

Sue is passionate about allowing people to reap their full potential. As part of her portfolio she is a nonexecutive director with Impact International, a leading global learning and development organisation and involved with a number of charities, including The Lullaby Trust and Amref Health Africa UK which are both focussed on health.

Amanda Caine

Amanda Caine is a graduate of Cambridge University and has an MSc. in international development from Reading University where she is currently a doctoral researcher. Her main interests are in financial management, governance and strategy development and in the use of ICTs and gender inequality in the developing world. She is a Chartered Accountant who has been the Finance Director of several iNGOs (such as FARM-Africa) and has also been on the senior management team at Oxfam GB in a financial management and then strategic planning capacity.

In her role as a trustee, she has helped establish several new iNGOs (eg.GALVmed) and is currently on the board of ACORD and the CIFA Trust.