The current Trustees are:

Professor Melanie Newport, Chair (

Melanie Newport is Professor of Infectious Diseases and Global Health at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and chairs the Board of Trustees.  She has previously worked in The Gambia and is currently involved with research projects in Ethiopia, Cameroon and Sudan.  Melanie has been involved with the Brighton Lusaka Health Link since its inception, first visiting in this context in 2006.  

Dr Sophie Morris, Treasurer (

Sophie Morris is an Anaesthetic Consultant at BSUH and Treasurer of the Link. She has travelled to Zambia to work with Clinical Officers in Anaesthesia on multiple occasions on behalf of the Link, as well as working in several other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. She is particularly keen to promote exchanges for healthcare workers from the UK and from Zambia to travel to each other’s countries, and take advantage of the many learning opportunities so that both can benefit from this sustainable partnership

Professor Paul Seddon (

Paul Seddon is a consultant paediatrician and who spent time as a junior doctor working at St Francis Mission Hospital in Katete, to the East of Lusaka.  His interests include respiratory medicine and neonatology and has worked with colleagues in Lusaka to develop a specialist respiratory clinic in Lusaka.  He has acted as the External Examiner in Paediatrics at the University of Zambia School of Medicine and has supported Advanced Paediatric Life Support training in Lusaka.

Dr Eileen Nixon (

Eileen Nixon is a Consultant Nurse in HIV medicine at BSUH and one of the original founders of the link.  Following a visit to UTH in 2006, and with the support of the British HIV Nurses Association, she linked up with the Director of Nursing at UTH to develop one of the Links early successes – the HIV Nurse Education Project. 

Lorraine Tinker (

Lorraine Tinker is Divisional Head of Nursing for the Paediatric Division at BSUH.


If you would like to get in touch with us please email any of the Trustees at the addresses given above.  We are always looking for volunteers to help with projects and other activities such as fundraising, managing the website and helping promote the charity through social media.