Dr Sarah Capewell Dinwoodie (Chair of the Board of Trustees)


Sarah is a General Practitioner in Glasgow and a previous volunteer at Bwindi Community Hospital.  She and her husband Kieran developed strong and ongoing links with the Hospital from their exploratory visit 2010, where future work was planned in line with the Hospital’s objectives.  Her particular areas involved leading family planning courses and the multidisciplinary confidential enquiry into maternal and child deaths, teaching and clinical work.  She loves the warmth, ethos, organisation and efficiency of the team providing essential healthcare through Bwindi Community Hospital, and now supports the it from the UK.


Dr Ceri Gallivan


Ceri is a GP based in Sheffield. During her GP training she volunteered in Malawi for six months after studying for a diploma in tropical medicine. She worked as a GP for two years after qualifying and then moved to Uganda to volunteer at Bwindi Community Hospital. She was at BCH for two years from August 2015 until August 2017 through a partnership between the hospital and the Royal College of General Practitioners. Ceri feels passionate about the role that primary health care can play in improving health care in the developing world and about high quality healthcare being accessible for all. She feels privileged to have been part of the BCH staff. During her time at the hospital she witnessed innovative programmes and enthusiastic hard working staff which is leading to significant changes in the health outcomes of the local population. Ceri is pleased to be able to continue to support the hospital through the work of REACH Bwindi.


Mr Andrew Dobson

Andrew is an Operational Research Analyst, and splits his time between London and East Africa. In course of his career, he has worked for 5 years in the IT industry, developing systems for insurance companies and banks, for 17 years as a government analyst and manager of government analysts, supporting policy development and evaluation and operational management, and for the last 10 years as an independent consultant working, mostly pro-bono, with not-for-profit organisations and charities in the UK and East Africa. For the last 5 years, he has spent about half of his time as a volunteer at Bwindi Community Hospital, and most of his time in the last 3 years, working to build local capacity in a variety of ways, including efficiency and systems improvement, business planning and financial modelling, and developing research skills.


Dr Stuart d’Arch Smith


Stuart volunteered in Bwindi Community Hospital in 2015/2016 with his wife Claire (see below). Stuart is a Psychiatric Registrar working at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. He is passionate about vulnerable populations and whilst at Bwindi worked with the fledgling Mental Health team to  evaluate and strengthen services and community perceptions around mental health and alcohol addiction. In 2016 Stuart hiked through wind, snow and rain along the Pennine Way to raise funds to support the further Development of Bwindi’s Mental Health services.


Dr Claire Marie Thomas


Claire volunteered at Bwindi Community Hospital as a physician in 2015/2016 as part of the Royal College of general Practitioners Bwindi Community Hospital Partnership. She has previously worked in Nepal, Ecuador and Zambia in a variety of clinical and non-clinical voluntary roles. She currently works as a GP in South East London and is President of the European Trainee and Newly Qualified General Practitioners network, the Vasco da Gama Movement, a regional young doctors movement of the World Family Doctors Organisation. She has additional qualifications in public health and tropical medicine and has a keen interest in family planning and gender equity. She continues to work on initiatives with the hospital in the field of family planning and gender violence.