Who we are


The Baroness Morris of Bolton OBE DL - Baroness Morris became a life peer in 2004 and has served as the Shadow Minister for Education, Children, Families & Women and as a Shadow Work and Pensions Spokesperson. Since 2007 she has also been a member of the Board of Trustees of UNICEF UK and in 2009 she became the President of World Travel Market. Baroness Morris is the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Jordan, Kuwait and the Palestinian Territories and was Chair of the Conservative Middle East Council.

Honorary Patrons

Dr Swee Chai Ang FRCS - A founding Trustee of MAP, she is an orthopaedic consultant surgeon at the London and St Bartholomew's Hospital Trust. Working in Beirut during the 1982 invasion, she also witnessed and survived the massacre at Sabra and Shatila, writing "From Beirut to Jerusalem" about her experiences. She returned to London to help form MAP and, as the first chair of the projects committee, helped launch the volunteer programme in 1985. She has also co-authored the "Manual of War Surgery" and received the coveted 'Star of Palestine' award from the late President, Yasser Arafat.

Baroness Helena Kennedy - Helena Kennedy is a barrister, broadcaster and Labour member of the House of Lords. She is an expert in human rights law, civil liberties and constitutional issues and chair of Justice - the British arm of the International Commission of Jurists.

Sir Terence English - A Former President of the Royal College of Surgeons, and the surgeon who carried out the first successful heart transplant in the United Kingdom.

Board of Trustees


Steven James - Former Chief Executive of MAP between 2008 and 2013, and has served as a Trustee since then. Before joining MAP, Steve was a Regional Chief Executive of a major multinational company with experience across 4 continents - in particular across the Middle East. After leaving the industry, Steve made the transition to the charity sector - initially as Chief Executive of the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital in East Jerusalem, before moving to MAP. 


Siham Bortcosh - Qualified accountant with many years experience working in the voluntary sector, in particular with international humanitarian and development organizations as a finance director and in a freelance capacity. Siham is also the independent chair and convenor of a seminar series for the finance directors of large international non-profit agencies. She has a BA (Hons) in Mathematics from St John's College, Oxford, and a BSc (Hons) in horticulture from the University of Essex. She joined as Treasurer for MAP in February 2013.


Jean Bowyer DM, FRCPCH – Jean is a paediatrician who has worked extensively in the Middle East and  East Africa. Her particular interests are in the newborn, disability and global child health, and also in the professional education and training of all types of health worker. She is senior tutor for the Masters programme in Child Health at Al Quds University in Jerusalem. In Uganda and Kenya she has been involved with improving the care of children with HIV and malaria, and with better training and systems for emergency care.

Sir Vincent Fean - served as British Consul-General to Jerusalem from 2010 to 2014. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1975, and previously served as HM Ambassador to Libya (2006 – 2010) and British High Commissioner to Malta (2002 – 2006). Now retired, Sir Vincent joined the MAP Board of Trustees in 2015, and is also patron of the Britain-Palestine Friendship and Twinning Association.

Dr Phyllis Starkey (Vice-Chair) - Dr Phyllis Starkey was a Labour Member of Parliament (1997-2010) and Chair of the Communities & Local Government Select Committee (2005-2010). During her parliamentary career she took a particular interest in the Middle East, visiting Palestine, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan and chairing the All-Party Palestine Group. Dr Starkey is a biochemist and before entering parliament she had a distinguished career in medical research and was Lecturer in Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Oxford University.

Prof. Graham Watt MD FRCGP FRSE FMedSci CBE - Emeritus Professor,General Practice and Primary Care, University of Glasgow. Professor Watt is an elected Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has longstanding links with Palestinian academic colleagues at Birzeit University and the University of Hebron and currently chairs the steering group of the Lancet Palestinian Health Alliance. In the UK he initiated the General Practitioners at the Deep End movement, comprising collective alliances of general practitioners serving very deprived populations. This is his second term as a MAP Trustee, having served previously from 2006-15.

Ezzedin Gouta - Neonatal life support specialist 

Sarah Eldon - Director of Development (Global) for Youth Business International. Sarah has 15 years' experience in the charity and NGO sector having worked in fundraising, communications and programme management. Having recently returned from working overseas in North Africa, the Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa, Sarah is passionate about international development, advocating for those who need a voice and ensuring the underserved have the necessary support to be able to empower themselves. During her tenure in the Middle East she worked in Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza, seeing firsthand the impact of living under occupation has on the dignity and health of Palestinians and she wanted to ensure she could continue to advocate for their basic rights.

Nabila Ramdani - Journalist, columnist and broadcaster, and a board member of the Franco-British Council

Shireen Jayyusi - Shireen began her career in investment banking.  She then transitioned to the startup world, and has been involved with a number of consumer and technology startups, in commercial and operational roles, and has also launched and run her own startup business.  She is currently working as an independent business consultant, offering strategy, business and start-up consulting support, and is also involved in a new startup project.  Shireen is of Palestinian heritage, and has campaigned for Palestinian rights and dignity for many years.

Dr Stephen Davies - Consultant and interim manager working in healthcare and not-for-profit sectors. Honorary Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Farheen Chaudhry - Farheen is a lawyer specialized in investment banking. She has a special interest in human rights and refugee issues and has worked on a number of programs in the international development sector both in the UK and overseas in conflict zones. She is currently working in the NGO sector.

Dr Ghassan S. Abu-Sittah, MBchB, FRCS(Plast) - Dr Ghassan Abu-Sittah is a British-Palestinian Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He completed his medical education at University of Glasgow in the U.K. He went on to do his postgraduate residency training in London. After completing his Specialist Registrar training in London he underwent three fellowships. He did a Fellowship in Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery and a Fellowship in Cleft Surgery at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Kids and a further fellowship in Trauma Reconstruction at the Royal London Hospital. In 2011 he was recruited by the American University of Beirut Medical Center. In 2012 he became Head of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the AUBMC and in 2015 co-founded and became director of the Conflict Medicine Program at Global Health Institute at the American University of Beirut. He continues be a Senior Clinical Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London. He serves as a reviewer at the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR-UK) and is on the Board of Advisors at its Global Research Group on Burn Trauma. He has published extensively on war injuries including a medical text book, “Reconstructing the War Injured Patient,” and a forthcoming book, “Treating The War Injured Child.” He has worked as a war surgeon in Iraq, Syria, South Lebanon and during the 3 wars in the Gaza Strip. His work was featured by numerous newspapers and media outlets notably La Monde, The Independent, Telegraph, BBC and CNN.

Senior management team 

Aimee Shalan – Chief Executive

Iain McSeveny – Director of Finance 

Fikr Shalltoot – Director of Programmes, Gaza

Ali Dakwar – Director of Programmes, Lebanon

Aisha Mansour – Director of Programmes, West Bank

Dr Andrew Ferguson – Director of Programmes, UK

Tina Bajec – Director of Fundraising

Neil Sammonds – Director of Advocacy and Campaigns