Our People

Ammalife’s Founder

Professor Arri Coomarasamy MD MRCOG, is a Professor of Gynaecology at the University of Birmingham and Birmingham Women’s Hospital where he leads a growing team of international researchers with a focus on miscarriage and global women’s health. His deep commitment to tackling inequalities in global women’s health care led him to set up Ammalife in 2006.

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Professor Harry Gee MD FRCOG, specialised in high risk obstetrics until his retirement from clinical practice in 2008. He is a former Medical Director of Birmingham Women’s Hospital and a former Head of the Postgraduate School of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the West Midlands.

 

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Maria Gee has worked in the not-for-profit sector for 30 years. An educator by profession, she has chaired a specialist international teachers’ organisation, organised international conferences for artists and educators, and researched and published on curriculum innovation and pedagogy. She has worked with teachers and theatre practitioners in Jordan, Ireland, Russia and Vietnam.

 

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Catherine Griffiths worked in the NHS as a manager for 37 years, 20 of which were as a Chief Executive. Her strengths are corporate and clinical governance and Organisational Development.

 

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Michael Hubbard, recently retired from the International Development Department, University of Birmingham, has over thirty years’ experience in research, teaching and consultancy in development economics and finance.

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Imran Pasha works in the Financial Sector. He has extensive knowledge of Pakistan as well as the UK and has supported other charities as they grow and take on financial responsibility for projects in the UK and overseas.

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Steven Peak is a former hospital Chief Executive and currently an associate at Keele University and a consultant with Vanguard Health Solutions and Speak in Confidence Ltd. Steve brings a wealth of senior management experience to Ammalife’s Board.

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David Rendall MA has spent over thirty years working in the coach and bus transport industry. During his long career with National Express Group he helped develop an extensive network of international services as well as completing a number of overseas acquisitions. Through his business experience David brings a broader perspective to Ammalife, as it confronts the challenges of its future development.

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Dr Dukaydah van der Berg is a general practitioner in Birmingham with special interests in women’s and sexual health. Dukaydah qualified in South Africa and has first-hand experience of poor maternal care in impoverished communities.

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Dr Amie Wilson, a former midwife at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, was Ammalife’s PhD researcher between 2010-2013. Her work on the role of Traditional Birth Attendants and her analysis of Clinical Officers’ Caesarean Section performance has been published in the British Medical Journal and is influencing policy makers.

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Richard Kerr Wilson MBBS FRCOG, worked for many years as a Consultant Gynaecologist in Gloucester. He has worked in Nepal and in Sierra Leone where he helped set up the Kambia Appeal in 1992. He was instrumental in establishing the partnership between Gloucester Hospitals and Kambia Hospital which has a long history of staff exchanges and mutual learning.