Welcome to the MSF UK press release archive.
The Press Office can set up interviews with members of senior staff in headquarters offices around the world or with members of our teams in the field. As well as our field staff, there are a number of qualified spokespeople in our London office with specific areas of expertise:
Vickie Hawkins - Executive Director MSF UK
After three years in the Emergencies Department at Oxfam, Vickie joined MSF in 1998, working first as a financial coordinator in China and Pakistan. She went on to do successive missions as Project Coordinator and Head of Mission in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe. Vickie became Head of the Programmes Unit at MSF UK in 2005, leaving for the field again in 2011 as Deputy Head of Mission in Myanmar. In May 2014 she started in her current role as Executive Director of MSF UK.
Dr Philipp du Cros MD - Head of Manson Unit MSF UK
Philipp du Cros is an infectious diseases specialist. He previously worked as a tuberculosis (TB) programme implementer (supporting MSF programmes in improving TB care specifically focusing on improved integration of TB-HIV services), infection control, and drug-resistant TB care and diagnosis. He has worked in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Malaysia, India, Myanmar, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania and Swaziland.
André Heller Pérache - Head of the Programmes Unit
Before joining MSF UK as Head of the Programmes Unit, Andre worked for MSF in Chad, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Haiti and South Sudan. André recently worked as a consultant in the Middle East researching local actor networks responding to the Syria crisis, and completed an MSc in Conflict Studies at the London School of Economics in 2011.
Sandrine Tiller - Programmes Advisor: Humanitarian Issues
Sandrine Tiller provides direct support to MSF operations and field teams through reflection and analysis that informs advocacy and practice. Her expertise is in humanitarian issues, particularly in the politicisation of aid, civil-military issues and the current state of the aid system. Her current work focuses on the following countries: Somalia, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Myanmar, Afghanistan.
Dr Bern-Thomas Nyang’wa - Public Health / TB Specialist
Dr Bern-Thomas Nyang’wa is a Malawian public health TB specialist and is the project manager for the TB Regiment Development Project at MSF. Bern has worked with MSF since 2004 in various positions in Malawi, Nigeria, Chad and Central African Republic. He has wide experience providing clinical and programme support to TB and HIV programmes, particularly in multidrug-resistant and paediatric TB in South Sudan, Colombia, CAR, Georgia and Cambodia.
Beverley Collin - Programmes Advisor: Health Policy and Practice
Beverley is a trained anthropologist and paediatric nurse practitioner. She is a specialist in the use of qualitative methods for social research (policy analysis), and has completed studies in the use of qualitative methodologies to develop local health strategies that fit within the cultural context. She has worked on most continents as a nurse, anthropologist or a medical coordinator. Beverley is able to discuss with the media the perception of medical issues and disease within UK society, and international advocacy and funding issues around HIV, TB and aging, among others.