Ajit Butt (Executive Chair) is a CMC alumnus from 1960. He has worked as a GP in the UK and spent ten years in mission hospitals in North India. Vellore changed his life and he is passionate about CMC and its links with mission hospitals. He has been a FOV Trustee for over 25 years.
Agnes Leslie (Deputy Chair) is a graduate of CMC Vellore. She worked at the Holdsworth Memorial Hospital, Mysore before coming to the UK for her postgraduate studies. She has been actively involved with the work of Friends of Vellore for almost 40 years. In the late 1970s she was able to help with some months on voluntary service at CMC, to enable some staff to take a much needed break from their duties. She hopes to continue to be of some use to FOV and its work in funding projects identified by CMC that are aimed at helping poor and marginalised people as in rehabilitation, pain relief and low cost care.
Dayalan Clarke (Deputy Chair) was born in CMC, when his late father was on the staff of CMC as the chaplain. He went on to do both his undergraduate and postgraduate training in surgery. He is currently a Consultant Surgeon at Warwick, UK. He has been involved with the FOV UK over the past few years and would like to see the FOV continue to reach out to the poor and the marginalised people in and around Vellore.
Jeb Suresh (Treasurer) is a qualified accountant providing IT and Management consultancy services to Global companies. He also runs a GP Practice and Outsourcing business in India. He is the husband of Thelma Theodore, CMC alumnus of 1983 and son-in-law of Kin Kin Packianathan, alumnus of 1949. He is passionate about flying and holds a pilot’s license. His vision for FOV is to help meet the current challenges of CMC and be a beacon of hope.
Mike Keighley is a Colorectal Surgeon and Emeritus Professor of Surgery University of Birmingham. He first visited CMC in 2002 when he was exploring options for voluntary work in retirement. He helped set up and provided support to the new Department of Colorectal Surgery at CMC from 2004-2015. He also helped to establish prayer support for CMC largely by making Maitri available to those wishing to pray on a weekly basis. His aspirations for FOV are that they support the medical work of CMC in a spirit that honours the name of Jesus, so that CMC remains a beacon of service and hope for the people of India, providing care for all, independent of their ability to pay.
Geoffrey Levine is a retired GP and trainer of health care workers in diabetes. He spent six months at CMC in 2005-6, helping establish the diabetes clinic at CHAD and training staff. Since 2009 he has visited CHAD and LCECU annually to provide updating and more recently has become involved at RUHSA. To help educate patients about diabetes, colleagues from LCECU and he made a DVD, filming in the Old Town in Vellore on the streets and in homes. He hopes FOV will continue to support CMC initiatives to improve health care for the poorest and most marginalised people and in its support for mission hospitals.
Joy Levine is a retired psychodynamic counsellor. In January 2005, with her husband, Geoff, she worked for a CMC for six months in chaplaincy and training staff in pastoral care, in particular, in bereavement and how to break bad news. She was privileged to make contact with many people for which CMC provided medical support: nomadic people, rag picker villagers, abandoned children and abused young people, some alcohol dependent. Her firm desire is to see FOV strongly encouraging CMC in its support for India’s poorest, particularly through LCECU, RUHSA and CHAD, but also in its wider objective to strengthen the work of mission hospitals via education and personnel.
Isaac Poobalan is Provost of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Aberdeen and Chaplain at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. He is the son of Evangelist Poobalan (1946-1976), Chaplaincy, CMC and was born and brought up in CMC. Isaac hopes that FOV UK will be a true Friend of CMC, promoting its Christian life and witness in India, developing links between the UK and Vellore to enable the work of CMC, raising funds to help small scale projects and praying for its welfare and witness. He would love to see a Prayer and Spiritual Centre for Retreat, primarily for the staff and students and all who make a pilgrimage of spiritual healing to Vellore from around the world.
Arabella Onslow was moved to change her whole career path and study medicine after a life-changing trip to Vellore and CMC in 1989. She is now a GP in Cumbria. She is passionate about wellbeing and community health and spent a year’s sabbatical in RUHSA in 2006 after completing her GP training to work on rural community projects and was privileged to help establish the Elderly Welfare centres in KV Kuppam district. She continues to visit RUHSA every year, learning more about the amazing work they do for the poor & vulnerable rural communities around. She is chair of the FOV VRCT sub-committee dedicated to rural improvement schemes.
Richard Rajamanickam completed post graduate studies in Medical Audiology from Manchester University before working in Deafness Research at CMC. Back in the UK, he studied Neuroaudiology, specialising in Inner Ear Diseases and worked in the NHS as Head of Audiology & Senior Chief Audiologist until his retirement in 2010. He sees being part of FOV as enabling him to serve the poor and marginalised people; he now spends a significant proportion of the year at RUHSA providing audiology services to senior citizens. He hopes to expand audiology services to neonates and school going children. He has a particular interest in Mission Hospital Initiatives in CMC.
Koppada Rajaratnam is a post-graduate alumnus of CMC. He worked in Orthopaedics & Trauma at CMC for twelve years. He was inspired by the vision of his father, a doctor who served the sick and the poor by starting clinics and hospitals in remote villages of Andhra Pradesh. When LCECU first started, he was in charge of orthopaedic care. In this capacity he visited a number of mission hospitals. He continues to offer orthopaedic support to a Spanish NGO for rural development in Anantapur. His vision for FOV is to support CMC to continue to provide for the basic health needs of the have-nots living in and around Vellore. In this context matters related to RUSHA, CHAD, LCECU and PTP are close to his heart.
Johnson Samuel is a Consultant Respiratory Physician and Director of Medical Education at Basildon University Hospital. He graduated from CMC and then completed higher specialist training in Respiratory Medicine in Cardiff. Dr Samuel has built educational links with a number of medical departments in CMC Vellore and facilitated placements of CMC faculty for study leave in the UK. He is currently the President of CMC Vellore UK Alumni. He hopes to foster closer working and collaboration between the UK alumni and FOV both in the UK and internationally and believes both organisations have a crucial role to play in partnering with CMC Vellore.
Ann Witchalls and her husband, Brian, a hospital engineer, came to CMC in 1962/3, supported by the Church Mission Society. They returned to UK in 1983, when their sons needed tertiary education. Brian retired in 1999 and since then they have been spending 6 months of each year at CMC, Brian using his engineering skills and Ann in the Public Relations Office, especially helping with the PTP Scheme. Ann hopes that FOV will continue to engage with the poor and marginalised people in India, especially around Vellore, in fulfilment of the dream of Dr Ida Scudder, the founder of CMC.