Meet our trustees

Our trustees give freely of their time and energy to help EMMS International achieve its vision of bringing quality, dignified healthcare within reach of some of the world's poorest communities. They bring expertise and experience from a variety of relevant fields to give oversight and ensure good governance in all that we do.

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Angus McLeod

Chair of Trustees, Chair of Finance, Audit and Investment Committee

Angus is our current Chair and also Chairs the Finance, Audit & Investment Committee.  He has been involved in leadership roles within Charities and Churches for over 40 years, has been a Trustee of EMMS International since early 2012 and Chair since March 2019. Angus worked within the Banking Sector for 30 years, where he gained a multi-disciplined background in banking, finance, strategic planning, business process re-engineering, IT and product management. Since leaving banking, he has undertaken several roles, both paid and voluntary, within the charitable/voluntary sector. Angus has visited Malawi on three occasions, twice with his wife, Jill, and once as part of a cycling challenge. Their last visit in September 2019 was as leaders of a supporters' trip for the charity. They are both active members of Stirling Baptist Church, where they currently co-lead a home group.

Jennie Chinembiri

Trustee

Jennie currently works for the Church of Scotland, where she is responsible for the work carried out in both Africa and the Caribbean.  She previously worked in Business, where she was a project manager working with telecommunications, both in the UK and abroad. Jennie has over 15 years’ experience of working in cross-cultural settings.

 

Jennie is a trained mediator and is the lead practitioner for Africa for "Place for Hope".
She is married to Ainslie, who is originally from Zimbabwe, and they have 2 children.  As a family, they worship at Bellevue Chapel in Edinburgh where they are active members.

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John Cowie

Trustee

John is a minster of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh. He grew up in Edinburgh and, with a degree in Chemical Physics from Edinburgh University, spent three years teaching science and music at Murree Christian School (MCS) in Pakistan.

He studied for the ministry at Edinburgh University, and his first charge was in Kirkcaldy, Fife. After six years, he and his wife Gill took their three young children to the Netherlands, where he spent 23 years as minister of the English Reformed Church (ERC) in Amsterdam. For the last 13 years he was also Clerk to the Presbytery of Europe.

John and Gill returned to Scotland in 2013. They are now well settled in Edinburgh and enjoy the multicultural environment of Stockbridge. After growing up in the Netherlands, their three children returned to the UK for study, and now live in Edinburgh and London. John enjoys music and plays bassoon in the back row of the Stockbridge and New Town Community orchestra, as well as in the digital world.

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Roger Donbavand

Trustee

Roger has a business background in branding, marketing, strategy development and change management consulting. He started in the City, then moved into consulting for service-based industries, both in the UK and overseas. The last five years saw him working in Sydney, where he transitioned into the charity and voluntary sector, working for Mission Australia and Opportunity International. He was on the board of Leprosy Mission Australia. In 2016 Roger and his wife volunteered for 3 months in Sri Lanka. He is also Chair of Step Together, a charity which helps re-introduce ex-service people, ex-offenders and disadvantaged youth back into society. His interests include fly fishing, classical music, opera and cricket. He is married to Janet and they have two sons working in London.

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Ian Farrimond

Trustee

Ian has particular interests in communications and Malawi. For the last 30 or so years, prior to retirement, he worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors of the communications industry, with the last seven as Communications Co-ordinator for SIM Malawi. His role involved promoting the work of SIM Malawi missionaries to supporters and other interested parties around the world.

 

As well as working in journalism, PR and marketing, and press office, he has extensive experience in emergency planning and emergency media.

 

Outside of work, his interests include all kinds of music, photography, rugby (both codes) and
cricket. Ian is married to Lindsay, with two daughters, Naomi in Aberdeen and Rachael in Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Alison Franks

Treasurer

Alison is a qualified Chartered Accountant.  She started her career with KPMG, working in both Edinburgh and Sydney, Australia, before returning to the UK to spend the next 10 years in Financial Services, most of that time with Prudential in Stirling.  A brief sojourn as Finance Director at Barnardo’s Scotland was followed by a maternity career break.  After returning to work for a small accountancy firm based in Livingston for a number of years, she set up Cornerstone Accounting with one colleague in 2018, where they specialise in supporting the third sector.  She is married to Grant and has one son, Peter, and they worship at St Stephen’s Comely Bank Church in Edinburgh, where Alison is an Elder and Finance Convenor.  She also runs the Scripture Union group at her local primary school and volunteers with Christians Against Poverty.

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Crispin Longden

Trustee

Crispin is now living the life of a semi-retired person having worked for several years as a fundraiser for a number of charities and, prior to that, enjoying a successful career as an investment fund manager.   Crispin also sits on the Scottish Advisory Board of Christian Aid.  He is an active member of his local church, where he is currently Session Clerk.  In his spare time, Crispin enjoys viewing and collecting fine art, good food, beer and wine.

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Helen Morrison

Trustee

Dr Helen Morrison has a background in healthcare and particularly in the field of Palliative Care. Helen worked in the NHS for 24 years after studying medicine at the University of Glasgow. After completing postgraduate specialist training, she became a Consultant in Palliative Medicine and worked in the regional cancer centre serving the West of Scotland. 

 

Having recently stopped working in the NHS, she is now involved in freelance work and some voluntary activities.

 

Helen is married to Donald and they have two teenage children. They are all very active members of Glasgow City Free Church, which has been their church family for many years.

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