President, Vice-Presidents and Board
Watch the Rt. Hon. Ann Widdecombe speak about the effects of leprosy on people's lives, and her commitment to the Mission’s work.
Professor Lord Ian McColl CBE
Lord McColl was elected President of The Leprosy Mission England and Wales in 1996. Having studied medicine at London University, he was Professor of Surgery at Guy’s Hospital from 1971 to 1998. He is also Chairman of Mercy Ships UK, a global hospital ship charity.
Lord McColl was made a Life Peer for his work with disabled people in 1989. He was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Prime Minister John Major from 1994 to 1997 and was a Shadow Minister for Health from 1997 to 2000. He was made a CBE in 1997. In 1998, Lord McColl travelled to India to witness The Leprosy Mission's projects.
Baroness Caroline Cox
Baroness Cox was a deputy speaker in the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005. She was Founder Chancellor of Bournemouth University; is currently Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University and has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing. She was a founder Trustee of MERLIN (Medical Emergency Relief International) and is Chief Executive of HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust).
Her humanitarian work takes her to conflict zones, including Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, and Myanmar (Burma). She also helped to establish the International Islamic Christian Organisation for Reconciliation and Reconstruction (IICORR) in Indonesia.
Miss Wendy Craig
Wendy Craig is best known for starring in 1960s and 70s sitcoms including Not in Front of the Children, Butterflies, And Mother Makes Three and And Mother Makes Five, as well as roles in theatre and film. She has received many awards including a BAFTA for Best Drama Actress, BBC & ITV Personality of the Year, and BBC Northern Woman of the Year.
Wendy has been a faithful supporter and Vice-President of The Leprosy Mission England and Wales for more than 20 years. She believes the most important things in Christian life are to “keep reading the scriptures and good Christian writers, faithful prayer and meditation and trying all the time to get nearer to God”.
Professor Ram Gidoomal CBE
Ram Gidoomal CBE is a successful businessman and entrepreneur who over the last 20 years has used his business acumen to support the work of numerous public and charitable organisations and global and local missions.
In 2011 he was appointed Chairman of Traidcraft. Past roles include UK Chief Executive of the Inlaks Group of companies operating in 15 countries with 7,000 employees, and founder of the Christmas Cracker Charity which has raised over £5 million, engaged upwards of 50,000 young people in the process and mobilised many of them to world mission. He was a candidate for Mayor of London for the Christian People's Alliance in 2000 and 2004.
The Rt Hon. Ann Widdecombe
Ann Widdecombe became Vice-President of The Leprosy Mission England and Wales in 2006. Elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Maidstone in 1987, she became Minister of State for the Department of Employment in 1994 and from 1995 to 1997 was Minister of State at the Home Office. She was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Health in June 1998 and Shadow Home Secretary from 1999 to 2001.
Miss Widdecombe retired from politics in 2010. She starred on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, has had four novels published, writes a weekly column for the Daily Express and is a regular television and radio broadcaster.
Professor Emeritus Malcolm Hooper
Malcolm Hooper is emeritus professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Sunderland. He has published extensively in the field of medicinal chemistry, and has also worked in research and teaching on anti-leprosy drugs, collaborating with institutions in India.
He became involved with The Leprosy Mission England and Wales in 1953 and became a Vice-President in 1993. Professor Hooper served on the General Synod from 1970 to 1980, and is active in ministry in his home church, St Gabriel’s in Sunderland.
Colin Osborne MBE
Colin held the position of Chair of The Leprosy Mission England and Wales’s Board from 2008 to June 2014 and has been a Board member since November 2000. He serves on the Finance & Planning, Fundraising and Programmes committees. In June 2009 he became a member of The Leprosy Mission International’s Board and serves on its Audit committee. Colin has been a supporter of The Leprosy Mission since 1969 and is the local church representative at St Swithun's C of E Church in Sandy, Bedfordshire.
Henry joined the Board of The Leprosy Mission England and Wales in 2009, serving as an elected member on both the Personnel & Bursaries and Marketing & Fundraising committees. He is a director and solicitor of a local practice in Peterborough specialising in wills, trusts and probate. He is married with two children and enjoys watching rugby.
Catherine became a Board member of The Leprosy Mission England and Wales in December 2005 having previously worked overseas for The Leprosy Mission in hospitals and village communities. She worked in East Timor, India and Ethiopia as well as undertaking short assignments in other countries, working in staff training and programme development. She worked directly with people affected by leprosy as they developed solutions to their problems. She is an occupational therapist and before going overseas she worked for the NHS in Shropshire, her home county.
Paul became a Board member in 2013. He has more than 35 years’ experience in international development – in the design, management and implementation of donor-funded and private sector programmes – mainly in rural development and the promotion of pro-poor sustainable livelihoods. He, together with his wife Marguerite and family, lived in several countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific for a 17-year period. They are now based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and worship at Sunnyside Church. Paul is honoured to be part of the Leprosy Mission England and Wales and hopes to contribute his perspective to the growth and development of the Mission and its global partners.
Beryl and her husband began the idea of sponsored bike rides and treks for The Leprosy Mission. They cycled across West Bengal in 2001 on the first Ride for Recovery, raising money for The Leprosy Mission, and in 2003 and 2005 took part in the Treks for Treatment in Nepal. Beryl is a doctor by profession, working as a GP and community dermatologist, and has a diploma in tropical medicine. She served as a volunteer doctor in India during several sabbaticals from
practice between 1995 and 2005. She is a longterm attender of the Religious Society of Friends, (Quakers), is Chair of the Personnel & Bursaries committee and served as Vice Chair of the Board for six years.
Anne joined The Leprosy Mission England and Wales's Board in 2009 as Chair of the Fundraising committee. She has had extensive experience in marketing management, and has also managed major accounts in top ten advertising agencies Saatchi & Saatchi, and McCann Ericsson & Grey.
Following the birth of her son, Anne set up her own market research services business. A committed Christian, Anne is married to Chris and with their son Michael they live and worship near Leatherhead, Surrey.
Jean Le Maistre MBE
Jean has been a member of the Board since 2000. He is a member of the Personnel & Bursaries committee and Chair of the Programmes committee. Jean has been a supporter of The Leprosy Mission for more than 50 years. He is a farmer by profession but spent 33 years as an elected member of the Jersey Parliament. From 1972 to 1990 he was responsible for developing the Jersey government’s overseas aid programme and travelled extensively in developing countries during that period. Jean was awarded the MBE in June 2012 for services to the people of Jersey and overseas.
Ralph joined the Board of The Leprosy Mission England and Wales in 2010 and serves on the Finance & Planning committee and, formerly, the Fundraising committee. Ralph is a pensions and benefits specialist and has previously worked as a director for the Mars Group. He is a co-opted member of the TLM Central Pensions Committee and is a director of Kingsgate Community Church. Ralph has written a number of books and is passionate about connecting the Christian faith to every area of life. He and his wife, Rohini, regularly travel to India to work with churches there.
Peter joined the Board of The Leprosy Mission England and Wales in 2012. He is a director of transportation for a consultancy firm specialising in overseas work. Having travelled and lived in developing countries, he is pleased to share the benefits of his experience.
He is married with three children and attends an Anglican church in Bishops Stortford.
Vanessa joined the board in 2016. She is a junior doctor who first gained experience of The Leprosy Mission's work while on her medical school elective at Anandaban Hospital in Nepal in 2014. She has a keen interest in infectious diseases, international medicine and the social impact of disease. Vanessa attends a community church in her home city and enjoys singing in choirs whenever she gets the chance.
Andy has more than 25 years’ experience in learning and organisational development. As Head of Learning and Development Content at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) Andy is responsible for the professional development of learning and HR professionals. He also plays a key role in leading the direction and delivery of CIPD’s vision for workplace learning and digital transformation and regularly speaks and writes on behalf of the Institute. Andy’s family have been supporters of The Leprosy Mission for many years so he is honoured to play a role as a Trustee to support the work and effectiveness of the charity. He is part of the leadership team at Windsor Baptist Church.
Diana worked in Brussels for many years as Director of the EU-CORD network of European Christian relief and development agencies, helping them to access EU funding and to advocate for poor and vulnerable people across the developing world. The Leprosy Mission was a member of EU-CORD and Diana visited their projects in Bangladesh and Ethiopia in the course of her work. She felt inspired to continue to support The Leprosy Mission when she returned recently to live in the UK and is honoured to become a Trustee in 2016. She is also a trustee of two other Christian NGOs who are active in international development.
Tim is an independent management consultant with twenty years’ experience in the internet and telecommunications Industries and another ten working with a wide variety of organisations from start-ups to established multi-nationals across a wide variety of industries. He specialises in organisational change with a focus on processes and systems. Tim has previous experience as a Trustee and joined the board of TLMEW in September 2016, He is married to Jane, a Family and Children’s Minister in Cambourne near Cambridge, and has two young adult children.