MedAccess Trust

MedAccess Trust is a UK-based charity that aims to improve affordability and access to healthcare in low- and middle-income countries.

 


 

About us

MedAccess Trust is a charity with a mission to advance access to affordable healthcare products and services.

By working with partners such as MedAccess Guarantee Ltd., governments, other industry participants and civil society, we support underserved populations to access the same level of healthcare consumed by high-income countries.

Our core objectives are to:

  • Enable access to appropriate and affordable healthcare products and services by working with governments and partners in industry and civil society
  • Advance education and research into health outcomes and inequalities; healthcare systems; and barriers to healthcare access.

Grant donors wishing to support the work and activities of MedAccess Guarantee Ltd may donate to the Trust. The trustees will be responsible for the appropriate application of the proceeds of any grants.

MedAccess Trust has applied to become a registered charity in the UK and is equivalent to a US public charity.

What we do

By focusing on underserved populations, we improve the health of people most at risk from poor healthcare provision, typically those in poverty and difficult circumstances across the world.

We fund organisations such as MedAccess Guarantee Ltd., which use innovative finance tools to support the delivery of more accessible healthcare.

We further education by acquiring and acting on research on healthcare topics. We focus on the causes and solutions of healthcare failure in low- and middle-income countries.

The Trust therefore benefits the public by increasing understanding and knowledge about the way in which healthcare systems work and fail, as well as the solutions to address these failures.

Governance

The MedAccess Trust is governed by an independent Board of Trustees who are drawn from the fields of international development and healthcare.

Nigel Keen

Board Chair
Nigel brings decades of experience in healthcare and commerce to the governance of the MedAccess Trust, having been involved in the formation of high technology businesses for more than 30 years.
Nigel Keen

Nigel Keen

Board Chair

Nigel brings decades of experience in healthcare and commerce to the oversight and governance of the MedAccess Trust. His career has encompassed venture capital, industry and banking, and he has been involved in the formation and development of high technology businesses for more than 30 years.

He is currently Chairman of Syncona Investment Management, Oxford Academic Health Science Network and Oxford University Innovation. He also Chairs the AIM-listed medical device company Deltex Medical Group.

Baroness Sugg CBE

Trustee
Baroness Sugg CBE is a Member of the House of Lords, where she specialises in foreign affairs, international development, and the health and rights of women and girls.
Baroness Sugg standing in front of a grey background

Baroness Sugg CBE

Trustee

Baroness Sugg CBE is a Member of the House of Lords, where she specialises in foreign affairs, international development, and the health and rights of women and girls. She is a member of the International Relations and Defence Select Committee.

She was previously Minister for Sustainable Development at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Department for International Development, and was the first UK’s Special Envoy for Girls’ Education.  Her ministerial portfolio included gender equality, sexual and reproductive health and rights, education, children and youth, and inclusive societies.

She served as Director of Operations and Campaigns under Prime Minster David Cameron in No. 10 Downing Street from 2010 to 2016.

She is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the charity Malaria No More UK and a member of the Advisory Council for Transparency International.

Rt Hon Baroness Northover

Trustee
Rt Hon Baroness (Lindsay) Northover has been a member of the House of Lords since 2000, and served as the Liberal Democrats Health Spokesperson 2000-2, then for International Development, 2002-10.
Baroness Northover standing in front of a grey background

Rt Hon Baroness Northover

Trustee

Rt Hon Baroness (Lindsay) Northover is a Trustee of MedAccess Trust.  She has been a member of the House of Lords since 2000, and served as the Liberal Democrats Health Spokesperson 2000-2, then for International Development, 2002-10.  She served as a Minister throughout the coalition period, 2010-15, including in the Department for International Development, the Department of Health, the Department for Education, the Ministry of Justice, the Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs, and the Government Equalities Office.  She was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Africa Minister in the Department for International Development, 2014-15.

Lindsay served as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Angola (2016-20) and Zambia (2017-2020).  She was the Liberal Democrats’ Lords Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs (2016-2021).

She has served on several Select Committees in the House of Lords, including on Embryonic Stem Cell Research, and the European Union.  She currently serves on the House of Lords Select Committee on the Environment and Climate Change.

Lindsay was a Trustee of UNICEF UK, the Overseas Development Institute, the Tropical Health and Education Trust and the Malaria Consortium.  She was a member of the Advisory Council of Wilton Park.  She is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College. She is on the Board of Pensana plc and chairs the ESG committee.  She is a member of the Council of the Royal African Society and a member of Council, St George’s House, Windsor.

Lindsay’s first degree is from Oxford University and she gained an MA and PhD in the USA, before becoming a Lecturer at University College London and the Wellcome Institute.

Contact us

To find out more about the MedAccess Trust and its activities, please contact us.