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.
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.
Susan Das finished MD General Medicine from Vellore in 1995. In 2003, she came to the UK, trained to be a GP and obtained her MRCGP qualification. She is currently working as a GP in the riverside town of Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire. She’s married to Kaustuv Das, also batch of 1984 MBBS who did MS General Surgery in Vellore and is now working as a Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon in Hereford. Susan was inspired by two recent visits from directors of CMC which demonstrated how progressive and relevant CMC continues to be while continuing to deliver Aunt Ida’s vision in ministering to the poor. As part of the Board of Trustees, she is pleased to further this collaboration of working together in the spirit of Christ.
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.
Thomas Pulimood was born and brought up on the Christian Medical College campus Vellore. He went to medical school in CMC Vellore (batch of 1987) and cares much for CMC and its ‘Christ centred’ approach to mission and purpose. He is consultant respiratory physician at the West Suffolk Hospital with an education and training interest. He is director of studies for graduate medicine (clinical), at Wolfson college where he is fellow and tutor on the graduate course in medicine in Cambridge. Thomas would like to facilitate existing and new links between CMC Vellore, Cambridge and the rest of UK through the work of the FOV UK.
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.
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.