WHO WE ARE
First and foremost we are Paramedics and ambulance staff with an interest in using our skills in the field of humanitarian assistance and development.
We were established from a group of colleagues who, along with other Ambulance Service personnel and associated health care professionals plus friends who helped to build a health centre, equip it and worked alongside local medical professionals.
We soon realised that there were many likeminded colleagues within our profession, whether they be Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, Emergency Care Assistants, PTS or indeed Emergency Department staff and Midwives who also wanted the same opportunity and to be part of our professions response to providing humanitarian medical assistance where it is needed most in the developing world. So we thought we’d try and help some more health centre’s and give more of us the chance to experience working in them!
Given the huge level of public support we have had, in addition to the support within the profession, we decided to set up Volunteer Medics as a not for profit NGO.
Following a 25 year career as a banker (sorry!!!) Michael had a mid life crisis and retrained as a paramedic. Along the way he acquired extensive volunteering experience in places as diverse as Cameroon, Mongolia and in Greece with Refugees amongst other places. His life changing involvement also led him to complete a BSc (Hons) in International Studies with the OU for which he gained First Class Honours.
As well as being a trainee IRC Disaster Relief Volunteer and medic Michael has travelled extensively. He is also a Mountain Leader and has led numerous charity challenges. Michael is passionate about and committed to the development of pre hospital emergency medicine specialists becoming involved in humanitarian work.
Philippa is one of our two non-medics. She is a senior director in a highly successful company in the North East of England. With a keen interest in travel, social justice and equality she brings these interests together, along with her financial, business and administrative experience for the benefit of Volunteer Medics. Philippa’s first love is her animals. Apart from her pet dogs, Philippa is eager to acquire ducks, donkeys and anything stray!
Kevin graduated from the University of London with a B.Sc. (Econ.) and after a number of years teaching went on to do a post-graduate degree at Southampton University leading to an M.A. (Educ.) His main teaching subject was Geography although he has taught a wide range of other subjects.
He taught at various secondary schools in London, Milton Keynes and Winchester. Kevin was Deputy Headteacher at a Winchester comprehensive for 30 years retiring from that post in 2009. Since retiring he has taught adults on probation or court orders basic English & maths. He returned to the classroom to teach geography through an academic year and did a short spell as a primary school teacher.