Our Patrons

  • Lord-Judd-of-PortseaLord Judd has had a very distinguished career both in politics and civil society, having been a Labour MP for Portsmouth, Minister for the Navy and for International Development, and Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Director of VSO and of Oxfam and since 1991 a Labour Peer. Lord Judd has been a huge supporter of MBG's work and stayed in Gunjur in 1993. He was the first Annual MBG lecturer in 1982
  • Jon-SnowJon Snow is well known to all and often described as "the face of Channel 4 News". He has been a great supporter of MBG and was one of our Annual Lecturers. In 1998 he was the driving force behind the 'on the line' project which linked commmunities on the Greenwich Meridian who were all going to reach the new millenium at the same moment in time. It was partly MBG's work which inspired that project
  • Professor-Keith-McAdam-2Professor Keith McAdam was the Professor of Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For 8 years he was the Director of the Medical Research Council in The Gambia where he and his wife Penny gave great support to MBG volunteers working in Gunjur. He subsequently became the Director of the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda, particularly working in the field of HIV infection

 Dr Nick Maurice OBE - Founder Patron

Dr-Nick-MauriceBorn and educated in Marlborough, Nick was a VSO volunteer teacher in a lycee in Togo (1961-2) and a VSO medical assistant in Papua New Guinea (1967-8) while a medical student at St Mary's Hospital Paddington. He worked as a volunteer doctor for the Britain Nepal Medical Trust in Nepal (1973-4) and became a GP in Marlborough in 1977.

Nick was determined other young people should have a similar opportunity and in 1981, with others founded the Marlborough Brandt Group. He subsequently became a trustee of Oxfam and Chair of Oxfam's Asia Committee and in 2001 Nick was awarded an OBE for his services to International Development. Nick retired from his role as MBG Director in 2016.

Our Trustees

MBG is governed by a Board of three Trustees who are in post for a period of four years with one third of Trustees up for election at each AGM.

Our Trustees have all the skills required of trustees to maintain the probity of the organisation as well as bringing particular knowledge and skills that can and do play an important part in advising and supporting the ExecutiveRead about our trustees here.

Our Volunteers and supporters

The Trustees are supported by a group of committed volunteers, past trustees and associate experts including Nick Maurice, Anna Quarendon, Sarah Giles, Theresa Ardley, Geoffrey Findley, George Cooper, Trevor Kearley, Anita Bew, Daren Bew, Stephanie Dale, Steve Atyeo, Neil Griffiths, Barney Rosedale, Ric Law, Phil Bunton, Fiona Yang, Anna Gent and Gordan Hutt. 

MBG trips are delivered by professional expedition provider Venture Force who share the social and community values of MBG and ensure best practice in health and safety.

In addition we work with and support a range of other organisations, many of whom existing in Gunjur following the long partnership work of MBG and the Gunjur Community Link there.