The Board

Welbodi Partnership is led by a group of 5 directors, all of whom are appointed for a one-year term. This group includes several of our former volunteers who have first-hand experience of our work in Freetown.

Tom Cairnes

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Tom has been working in Sierra Leone since 2004. He is the founder of ManoCap, a private equity fund manager focused on making investments in post-conflict and other emerging economies. He has worked for Lansdowne Partners, a UK-based hedge fund manager focusing on UK equities and as a management consultant for Marakon Associates in London, New York, Amsterdam and Mexico. He has an M.Phil in Development Studies from Cambridge University, and a BA in Human Sciences from Oxford University.

Matthew Clark


Following his medical student elective in 2007, Matthew co-founded the Welbodi Partnership and served as chairman until 2016.   

Matthew is a paediatrician, practicing at Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust in South London and on the board of NHS Camden Clinical Commissioning Group.   Working as a clinician, researcher and clinical leader, Matthew has extensive experience transforming care and improving outcomes for patients both in the UK and abroad.

Matthew trained at Cambridge University and is a Member of the Royal College of Paediatricians.

Rebecca Best


Rebecca is a midwife who worked in Sierra Leone for Welbodi Partnership in the maternity hospital and surrounding community health units. She has previously worked in Kambia, Sierra Leone and various hospitals within the UK both in clinical and research roles. Rebecca currently works at the Barts Health NHS Trust as well as studying for an MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.