UK Staff and Volunteers
Dr Sarah Band MBChB MRCPCH DTM&H
Honorary Deputy Medical Director, MCAI
Dr Sarah Band is a paediatrician based in the West Midlands who is currently working across Paediatric Intensive Care, General Paediatrics and Neonatal Intensive Care.
Following completion of her Diploma of Tropical Medicine in 2015 she worked in a rural hospital in Uganda in both paediatric and adult medicine. More recently, she has worked in Sierra Leone with RCPCH providing ETAT+ training to health care workers and through monitoring and evaluation, identified further priorities for improvements in paediatric care. During the Coronavirus pandemic she has provided virtual ETAT+ training to Ethiopian paediatric interns in collaboration with THET.
She is passionate about sustainable developments in global health with an emphasis on education and capacity building. Sarah was appointed ‘Honorary Deputy Medical Director’ of MCAI in February 2022.
Dr Alison Earley (MBBS FRCP FRCPCH DTM&H)
MCAI Trainer in advanced neonatal care
Alison Earley qualified at the Royal Free Hospital, and did her training as a paediatrician in London. She was a Consultant Paediatrician in Buckinghamshire.
She has been a volunteer with MCAI since 2004, as the project lead for Cameroon until 2017, and as a Trustee from 2009 – 2016. Recently she has contributed to neonatal training in Liberia.
She is also involved with a charity NICHE International, which is continuing the training in newborn care in Cameroon, which was started by MCAI.
Professor Neil McIntosh
MCAI Trainer in advanced neonatal care
Neil McIntosh qualified at University College Hospital, London in 1968. After his postgraduate training at UCH and a fellowship in San Fransico, he gained his first Senior Lecturer/ Consultant post in Paediatrics at St Georges Hospital in London in 1978 where he developed neonatal services for S.W Thames Region of the UK. In 1987 he was appointed to the Edward Clarke Chair of Child Life and Health at the University of Edinburgh. As a busy Intensive Care Neonatologist, he introduced computerised trend monitoring in the management of critically ill infants and has been working on automatic pattern recognition of pathophysiological conditions in this environment. He retired in June 2007. Professor McIntosh was Vice President for Science and Research at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health from 2002 - 2007. He has previously been President of the European Society of Paediatric Research and a Trustee and Chairman of the Trustees of the International Pediatric Research Foundation. He is currently the Emeritus Professor of Child Life and Health at the University of Edinburgh and joined the MCAI team in 2016 at a trainer in advanced neonatal care for our Liberian project.
David Edgar, BSc (Hons)
Honorary Web Consultant
David is a software and web developer who has volunteered with MCAI since 2015, working on the MCAI websites and providing advice on a range of software and technical matters.
Originally from south-east England, David studied Computer Science at Manchester University and subsequently spent twelve years living in Belgium, developing software for a multinational consumer electronics company.
After taking a career break to travel round the world, and to spend time hiking and cycling, David returned to the UK, and is now based in Manchester.
MCAI Finance Manager
Joanne Baker joined MCAI at the end of 2017 as one of our two part-time Finance Mangers. She is based in our office in Poolewe, Scottish Highlands. Joanne moved to the Scottish Highlands a few years ago to pursue her dream of owning and working her own croft. She has over 10 years’ experience in office administration and accounts.
Steve Schnabel - BSc, FCMA (ret’d)
Steve is a retired Finance Director who spent most of his career in the high-tech networking industry.
After moving to the north west highlands of Scotland in 2010, he became involved in a number of local charities, including being the Treasurer of the Torridon District Community Association. Steve became a Trustee of MCAI in March 2018 but stepped down from this role in November 2019 to become MCAI’s Finance Director.
Ciaran McHugh BSc. (Hons), RGN, NQEMT
Honorary Clinical Data Analyst
Ciaran is from Galway, Ireland, and moved to London in 2020 to begin working at the Royal London Hospital’s Emergency Department as a Registered General Nurse, specialising in Emergency, Intensive and Pre-Hospital Care. Ciaran graduated from University College Dublin in 2019 and is also currently studying graduate-entry Medicine.
Ciaran maintains national and international contacts in the areas of Health Policy, Global Public Health, and Humanitarianism, through his associations with the Nursing Now Campaign and membership of the US Embassy (Ireland) Young Leaders’ Council 2020. He is passionate about raising the professional profiles of Nurses and in improving the quality of healthcare world-wide.
After a few months voluntary work, Ciaran officially joined MCAI in January 2021 as Honorary Clinical Data Analyst where he puts his skills to good use in analysing the clinical logbooks from the obstetric and neonatal clinicians participating in our joint task-sharing programmes in Liberia.