Their Lives Matter UK is dedicated to improving the lives of children with cancer in Tanzania. Fundraising, managing inter-institutional partnerships and relationships are key roles of this organisation. They also manage all UK volunteers interested in getting involved.
Richard is a Paediatric Ophthalmologist who worked in Tanzania between 2002 and 2010, collaborating closely with Trish for cases of eye cancer (retinoblastoma). He works at Great Ormond Street Hospital and at the International Centre for Eye Health where he helps co-ordinate a global retinoblastoma network aimed specifically at closing survival gaps between different regions in the world.
Charles Groom is currently a Portfolio Director, Africa Funds for CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution, based in the London office. In a previous role with CDC, Charles spent six years in Tanzania as Country Director, covering a range of investments and CDC’s relationship with the Government of Tanzania. He is a Chartered Management Accountant, having trained with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), London.
Dr Trish Scanlan
Dr Trish Scanlan is a founding board trustee as well as an Irish Paediatric oncologist who has lived and worked in Tanzania since 2007.
Mr Mark Ashford it a Founding Trustee of the UK Board. He is an Information Technology expert and has hugely assisted with the set up of the organisation and this website by providing his technical team.
James Nunan is a Barrister-at-Law, has many years professional experience working on governance, state-building and crisis management in a variety of contexts including Kosovo, Afghanistan, South Sudan, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Syria and Kenya. He has worked with UNDP, the EU, and the UK Government as well as NGOs and the private sector. He worked as a volunteer with the UK Government on the Ebola response in Sierra Leone and currently supports a company trial
Diarmuid trained as a medical doctor in University College Dublin and practiced in Oxford University Hospitals. Seeking to more directly address the structural inequalities that led to disparities in patient health within and between countries, he left clinical medicine and joined McKinsey & Company, where he spent two years supporting governments on topics ranging from pandemic response and preparedness to trade. Now, Diarmuid is focused on researching and writing about social policies that positively impact current and future generations.
Dr Sharon Cox
Dr Sharon Cox is an Epidemiologist who has lived and worked in various countries in Africa and Asia, including Tanzania (2007-14) where she met Dr Trish Scanlan and witnessed the beginnings of TLM. After a research career in diseases including malaria, anaemia, sickle cell disease and tuberculosis, Sharon now lives in the UK and is the principal epidemiologist for tuberculosis surveillance for the UK Health Security Agency. She retains an honorary position at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.