I work as a doctor, and am training to become a psychiatrist. I spent my medical elective in Madagascar as a student, and realised what a great country it was – but also how poor the infrastructure was, and how that directly impacted people’s lives. The ability of HoverAid to reach and help people regardless of the infrastructure really attracted me. Ensuring that everyone can access medical care, wherever they live, is also something I think is essential!
Gillian has been a supporter of HoverAid since taking a ride on a Hovercraft at the Greenbelt Festival quite a few years ago now and continued to be inspired by the compassion, commitment and creativity of those who work from the workshop to the world to change lives.
Joining the board of Trustees in March of 2022 she is gaining a wider lens into the work of the organisation and enjoying contributing in a new way.
Gillian is an ordained minister in the United Reformed Church and currently serving in a pastorate of two churches is Essex.
Originally from France, Pierre studied theoretical physics before working in finance in London. He has worked a lot with companies based in developing countries and is passionate about bringing infrastructure and resources to the less fortunate. Pierre joined HoverAid’s Board in September 2019 and advises on strategic, governance, and financial issues. Pierre is a member of Hillsong Church London.
Having been fortunate to be a member of the 1990 British Hovercraft Expedition to China, Gwyn has been a supporter since HoverAid’s early days. He has travelled very widely around the world for his work managing the leases of commercial airliners and has become very conscious of the gap in wealth between the world’s rich and poor. Living near HoverAid UK’s office in Cambridge, Gwyn is now looking forward to raising the awareness of HoverAid’s work with a wider community.
Trained in Chemistry Neil is now a development Chemist employed in the development of new catalytic converters to clean up emissions from Diesel vehicles and mean cleaner air for millions of people globally. His work combines science and engineering and means he has an interest in Hoveraid’s technical objectives as well as its humanitarian ones. Aside from his professional experience Neil brings experience as a trustee for a national orchestra and choir and a passion for getting the most out of people. Outside work he is a keen runner and cyclist as well as playing the French horn in various musical theatre and orchestral settings.
Hugh is a policy advisor at the UK Department of International Trade, having studied African history and French at university and worked as a wellbeing consultant with healthcare providers in UK. He worked as an intern with HoverAid Madagascar during 2018 generating communications, and providing much of our drone-based video footage