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MCAI is governed by a Board of Trustees, which is responsible for ensuring the charity is well-managed and abides by its charitable objectives. The Trustees come from a wide range of backgrounds and share a passion to improve maternal and child healthcare worldwide, bringing a wealth of specialist skills and expertise to our organisation. The board meets four times a year and we have a sub-committee of Trustees who meet monthly, together with staff members, to discuss project management and charity issues.

Prior to this he was a Reader in Paediatric Clinical Physiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute and consultant paediatrician at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London.


David's main interests include: medical education and sustained improvements in the emergency medical care of pregnant women and adolescent girls, babies and children in disadvantaged countries, critical care paediatrics, the development of techniques for managing the life-threatening abuse of children and mothers, and advocacy against armed conflict and its effects on mothers and children.  He has written extensively in medical journals against the adverse effects of the arms trade in resource poor countries.  David founded the charity Maternal and Childhealth Advocacy International in 1995.

and middle income countries, particularly Bangladesh and Romania. She has worked as an editor with The Lancet, the BMJ, PLOS Medicine and the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.  She has also worked on large projects for WHO and has worked for the charities Médecins Sans Frontières (doctors without borders) and for Oxfam.


Rhona became a Trustee of MCAI in May 2010 and the Honorary (volunteer) Executive Director in July 2010. She became Convenor (Chair) of Trustees in March 2015.

She worked for three years in Mauritius as an Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and vocationally-trained General Practitioner, and she spent six months as an International Medical Adviser to DFID, based in Pristina, Kosova, immediately after the NATO bombing campaign.


Brigid became a trustee of MCAI as a consequence of teaching on the Emergency Maternal & Neonatal & Childhealth courses in the Gambia in 2007.


She has continued to teach on these courses, in both the Gambia and Liberia, and takes an active role in all aspects of MCAI's work, including contributing to the midwife surgery initiative.

Professor David Southall  

OBE (for humanitarian aid for children in Bosnia & Herzegovina) MD, MRCP, MBBS, FRCPCH​

Honorary Medical Director


David Southall is a retired Foundation Professor of Paediatrics at Keele University and the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. 


Dr Rhona MacDonald  -  MBChB, MPH, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG​

Honorary Executive Director

Trustee (Convenor)


Dr Rhona MacDonald, is a medical doctor (specialising in paediatrics, public health and primary care) and has worked in several low

Dr Brigid Hayden  -  MB Ch B, FRCOG, PGCTLCC



Brigid is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist in Bolton, Lancashire, and has wide experience of teaching healthcare professionals in UK and abroad.

Professor David Southall
Dr Rhona MacDonald
Dr Brigid Hayden

Wendy has worked for MCAI as a volunteer midwife in our programmes in The Gambia and Liberia, including delivering training in emergency maternal, neonatal and child health, working clinically alongside local staff and undertaking monitoring and evaluation programmes of work.


Wendy became a Trustee of MCAI on 8th September 2016.

Wendy Martin  -  RN RM ADM BMedSci LLM MSc


Wendy is a Chief Nurse for Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group in the UK.

Wendy has been a practicing midwife for many years and has advanced qualifications in Midwifery, Medical Law and Disaster Relief Healthcare.

Wendy Martin
Dr Máire Casement

Dr Máire Casement  -  FRCOG


Dr Máire Casement is a retired Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist with a special interest in Urogynaecology. She practised in Belfast City Hospital and the Royal Jubilee Maternity in Belfast, Northern Ireland until her retirement in December 2015.

Máire first visited our advanced obstetric training programme in Liberia in 2016 as an international  trainer, teaching obstetric and gynaecological procedures to the trainees on the task sharing programme. She has since made several such visits to Liberia, including running the practical exam for trainees, and also does frequent distance learning tutorials with the obstetric trainees in Liberia as part of the obstetric international trainer team.

Máire became a Trustee of MCAI in December 2018. She is widowed with four grown up children and one grandchild.

John Band has worked in Financial Services for over 35yrs. Currently he is Technical Support & Compliance Director within the UK financial services industry specialising in Investment, Pensions, Estate and Tax Planning. He has worked as the lead trainer providing support to those requiring regulatory financial advice and mortgage qualifications as well as being a supervisor providing ongoing compliance assistance. John regularly does distance-learning presentations to financial advisers who require ongoing professional development and guidance in complex technical financial matters. 

John became a Trustee of MCAI in July 2022.

John Band  -  MLIBF (Member of The London Institute of Banking & Finance)



Dr Barbara Phillips  -  Mb. ChB MRCP (UK)  FFAEM Honorary FRCPCH


In her professional career, she was a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine, first at Booth Hall Children’s Hospital in Manchester from 1987 – 1996 and then at Royal Liverpool
Children’s Hospital, Alder Hey from 1996 – 2006. She was instrumental in establishing and developing Paediatric Emergency Medicine in the UK. She was also involved at National, European and International level in the development of Guidelines for Resuscitation.

Barbara has two daughters and four grandchildren and became a Trustee of MCAI in February 2023.

Since retirement, Dr Barbara Phillips has been involved in humanitarian work with MCAI and MCAI’s partner ALSG (Advanced Life Support Group) in West Africa in many projects to train local health workers to care for mothers, children and babies needing urgent treatment to save life. She was a trustee of ALSG from 1990 to 2022 and devised much of their training for children’s emergencies.

John Band
Dr Barbara Phillips
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