Executive Committee

UKAPTB’s executive committee functions as the main creative and operational forum for the group. The committee’s regular meetings and calls are open to any member of the network if they’d like to participate. Further information can be found in our Terms of Reference.

Helen Stagg – Co-chair

Dr. Stagg is an Associate Professor in infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, who initially trained at the University of Cambridge in the life sciences and later at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

She has worked with industry and national and international policy making bodies on tuberculosis, particularly the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (UK), European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, and the World Health Organization.

Bertie Squire – Co-chair

Professor Bertie Squire is a Professor of Clinical Tropical Medicine, Dean of Clinical Sciences & International Public Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

He studied medicine and immunology at University College London and Cambridge University before professional training in internal medicine, infectious diseases and respiratory medicine at the Royal London Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital.

From 1992 to 1995 he was Head of the Department of Medicine, Kamuzu Central Hospital, Lilongwe, Malawi. Since 1995, Bertie has been primarily based at LSTM.

He collaborates with many individuals and organisations in a programme of multi-disciplinary applied health research aimed at providing knowledge for action in making health services for tuberculosis more accessible to poor people in developing countries (particularly those affected by the HIV pandemic).

He holds an appointment in the UK National Health Service as Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and was President of the International Union Against Tuberculosis & Lung Disease from 2007 to 2011.

Marc Lipman – Clinical Lead

Marc is Professor of Medicine at University College London, and Consultant in Respiratory and HIV Medicine at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

He is Lead for TB Services at the Royal Free and Director of UCL-TB, UCL’s cross-disciplinary TB research grouping. He chairs the British Thoracic Society TB Advisory Group, and has served on national and international committees, including UK NICE TB Guideline Group and British HIV Association HIV/TB co-infection Working Party.

His research focuses on mycobacterial disease, respiratory infection and HIV.

Tom Wingfield – Research and Activities Lead

Tom Wingfield is a Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Tom has worked in clinical medicine and research in sub-Saharan Africa (Uganda, Botswana, and Malawi), Latin America (Peru), and Asia (Nepal).

Since 2009, he has also worked intermittently in two other challenging and resource-constrained settings: a medical boat providing healthcare to isolated Peruvian Amazonian communities; and a muddy, medical tent at Glastonbury festival.

From 2012 to 2015, Dr Wingfield completed a PhD in Peru as a Clinical Research Fellow with Dr Carlton Evan’s Innovation For Health And Development team, designing and leading a randomised controlled trial of socioeconomic intervention to prevent TB. Since 2015, Tom gained Academy of Medical Sciences and Wellcome Trust funding to expand his research addressing the social determinants and consequences of TB in various countries including Nepal, Vietnam, and Mozambique.

He leads the LIV-TB cross-campus collaboration in Merseyside and is a founder member of UKAPTB and the international Social Protection Action Research and Knowledge Sharing (SPARKS) group.

Janika Hauser – Secretary and Treasurer

Janika is the senior parliamentary advocacy officer for TB with RESULTS UK. She acts as policy adviser to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB in the UK Parliament. She is a member of the Developed Country NGO Delegation to the Stop TB Partnership Board.

Janika holds a BA in Politics and International Relations and an MSc in Human Security, conducting her masters research on MDR-TB policy transfer in high-burden countries with the WHO Global TB Programme.

She has worked on TB since 2014 with a number of organisations, including NGOs, UN agencies and academic institutions, specialising in policy research and developing impactful advocacy strategies. She acts as UKAPTB’s Secretary and Treasurer.

Mike Mandelbaum – Civil Society Lead

Mike Mandelbaum is Chief Executive of TB Alert, the UK’s national tuberculosis charity.

He leads the organisation’s work in the UK raising awareness and providing information and support to people and communities affected by TB. The charity also offers training and guidance to health professionals and to voluntary sector organisations which support affected communities.

Mike also leads TB Alert’s Patient & Public Involvement activities on research projects in partnership with UCL and other institutions. He is a member of England’s TB Programme Board and TB Delivery Board and Chair of the National TB Communications Steering Group.

Mike is also responsible for TB Alert’s international activities, implementing field projects, and providing technical assistance to others NGOs to develop and implement TB case finding and patient support projects. TB Alert works in southern Africa and India – the latter in partnership with its Hyderabad-based sister organisation TB Alert India – and increasingly in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Mike is a member of the TB Europe Coalition’s Oversight Advisory Committee and a Trustee of the Edinburgh-based International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

Palwasha Khan – Communications Lead

Palwasha is a Clinical Associate Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at LSHTM, a clinical epidemiologist at Interactive Research and Development (IRD), and honorary consultant Sexual Health and HIV medicine in Cardiff.

Despite the challenges, she enjoys working at the clinical academia-implementation interface in low- and middle-income countries.

Her scientific interests include furthering our understanding of M.tuberculosis transmission in different epidemiological contexts and improving the programmatic management of drug-resistant tuberculosis in resource-limited settings.

Jessica Townsend – Nurse Lead

Jessica is a TB Clinical Nurse Specialist at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

She has worked in the field of TB for 5 years, encompassing a variety of nursing roles in London hospitals, including working on the TB pathway for prisoners at HMP Wormword Scrubs. She has also spent time working abroad in Nepal and Malawi.

She is “keen to bring the nursing voice to the table!” – a key role in the fight against TB.

Fatima Karmadwala – Affected Community Lead

Fatima Karmadwala has been an ally and advocate for all TB patients since being diagnosed with Multi-Drug Resistant TB in 2018. She has participated in numerous meetings including the international Social Protection Action Research and Knowledge Sharing group (SPARKS) conference and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Annual General Meetings sharing her lived experience of TB.

She is passionate about making a difference and ensuring the voices of the patient and their families are heard to ensure a patient-centred approach to all TB activities.

Her personal journey motivated her to study International Public Health MSc at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine focussing on research into catastrophic costs for TB patients in the UK.