Our trustees individually and collectively have worked for many years to influence and bring about change in policy in the planning, investment and development of communities around the world. Often their work has been the catalyst for change that has led to more investment in the social, education and health needs of deprived communities and has helped foster community ownership and citizen well-being. They bring to Newborns Vietnam a passion and commitment to making a difference and a shared belief that solutions for saving newborns must be sustainable and vested in local providers and communities if they are to bring about lasting change.
Suzanna Lubran leads Newborns Vietnam’s work in Vietnam and has been instrumental in establishing the pilot neonatal project in Da Nang. She has over 30 years experience of urban renewal, including developing innovative socio-economic programmes to foster community ownership and generate employment, new business opportunities, and social and health care benefits. Her previous work also includes the procurement of new schools and hospitals under the UK Government’s Private Finance Initiative and the restoration and re-planning of St Martin’s-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square. Suzanna has been based in Vietnam for the past four years and has worked closely with Vietnamese health departments to understand the local medical context and need.
Dr. Duncan Macrae
Duncan Macrae is a specialist in children’s intensive care and is a Consultant and Director of Children’s services at London’s Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. He has over 20 years of experience as a doctor in this area having previously worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia and is currently President of the international Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society. He has a strong interest in education and research, is on the editorial boards of several international professional journals and has himself published extensively in books and journals. Duncan has first hand experience of medical practice in Vietnam, having worked as part of an international cardiac surgical team there in 2006 and has worked in similar teams in both China and Romania. He looks forward to contributing to projects supporting the development of children’s acute care in Vietnam.
Dr Katie Gallagher
Dr Gallagher is a qualified neonatal nurse and has clinical and research experience within this field. Dr Gallagher’s clinical and research interests are around difficult decision making in the neonatal unit, and the provision of neonatal palliative care. Current research projects include the NIHR funded parents and neonatal decision making project. Katie provides supervision to students undertaking research dissertations from BSc through to DHC/PhD level. Between 2010-2013 Katie was an executive board member of the Neonatal Nurses Association and the Chair of the UK Neonatal Special Interest Education Group.
Dr. Colin Partridge
Dr. Partridge is a Neonatologist who has devoted his career to neonatal intensive care, in both the public hospital and a university medical center in the United States of America. He is board certified in pediatrics and in neonatal-perinatal medicine. Dr. Partridge joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in 1982, providing clinical care and house staff training at San Francisco General Hospital. In 1990, he also began working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Partridge holds the Academy Chair in Pediatric Education that was granted to foster educational improvement in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSF.
Dr. Partridge has focused on health care research in developing countries, including collaborative projects in 7 Pacific Rim countries, in El Salvador and in South Africa. A series of manuscripts details clinical counseling and decision-making for premature infants in these countries. His subsequent studies have focused on educational needs for newborn care in developing countries, and studies of barriers to newborn care in Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Malaysia. He has fifteen years experience of working with National Pediatric Hospital in Hanoi, Vientam advising on the development of neonatal care, training and research studies. He was awarded a Labour Medal from the Vietnamese Government for his services to the country. He is currently implementing a curriculum in neonatal intensive care and pediatric education in centers in northern Vietnam with the aim of improving neonatal and pediatric health care outcomes.
Dr. Susan Mary Blake
Dr Sue Blake retired recently from the NHS having been a GP Principal and Trainer in Islington for 24 years; during this time she was also a lecturer in Primary Care at the Tavistock Clinic, and was on the board of the local PCT as Lead for Mental Health, a role she has continued to pursue since PCT’s dissolved. She had previously trained as a Psychiatrist (in Manchester where she also qualified) and qualified as a Psychotherapist(with the British Association of Psychotherapists in London). During her years in psychiatry she undertook research into Psychological Aspects of Cancer at the Institute of Psychiatry in London; her interest in Mental Health strategy continues, as does her continued interest in developing countries (she worked in Kwazulu during early days of AIDS epidemic).
Nick Robinson is managing the asia pacific operations, including the Vietnam office, of a international multidisciplinary design practice that focuses on healthcare design. In addition to his experience in building design, construction and management, he has a long history of successful delivery of innovative social and economic development initiatives, ranging from housing co-operatives to employment and training projects for the socially excluded. From his involvement in Vietnam over the past ten plus years, he has been witness to the massive changes underway in the country, and understands how important targeted support from organisations such as Newborns Vietnam can be to those working to develop and improve the services available to the people.
Luke Humphreys is a director of Juicelubes and Velobrands and one of the new generation of young sports entrepreneurs. In two years he has successfully built the Juicelubes brand within a highly competitive market and introduced two new European cycle brands to the UK market. He is a leading amateur cyclist and a British trainee cycling coach. He has worked with local schools throughout South West England to promote cycling as sport and to encourage young people to develop healthy lifestyles. Luke is leading the development of Newborns Vietnam’s adventure sports fundraising challenges, his industry wide connections and his enthusiasm for cycling combined with a passion to give something back make him a great ambassador.