Catherine McCarthy – Chief Executive

Catherine brings a wealth of senior experience from the BBC where she was for many years, a commissioner and TV exec. She has a background in educational broadcasting, she set up and ran BBC Learning Zone and co-commissioned many award winning BBC series, including some of the biggest BBC landmark programmes. She is passionate about using media to make a difference.

She previously worked for BBC Media Action, the BBC’s International Development Charity, where she was a Senior Adviser supporting teams around the world to produce high quality content. She worked in Bangladesh as Head of an innovative award winning multimedia project which has transformed the lives of millions. Prior to the BBC she worked for VSO and SHELTER. She is originally a trainer teacher.

Catherine has been a mentor for Documentary Campus, a global project to develop new talent in film-making, an Advisory Member to the European Broadcasting Union, a Governor at the Evelina School in St Thomas’s Hospital and an Adviser to Sheffield Documentary Film Festival and Global Health Films initiative. She served on the steering group of the initial Nominet Trust’s 100 most innovative social tech projects worldwide.

Richard Thunder – International Partnerships and Funding Manager

Richard has worked in fundraising in the health and international development field for over fifteen years. Prior to joining Medical Aid Films in January 2018, he spent four years in the Middle East, and over his career has worked across Western and Southern Africa, and Central and South America. He has a strong background in a wide range of fundraising channels, including grant development and management, high-value gifts, and individual giving. He began his career working as a street fundraiser for organisations including Plan and Amnesty International, and enjoys bringing his passion for healthcare and development to growing Medical Aid Films’ partnerships and income.


Helen Coombe – Head of Evaluation and Learning

Helen has worked extensively in programme management, monitoring & evaluation, capacity building and consulting roles in the international development sector, focusing mainly on the needs and rights of unsupported and vulnerable young women and men. She has a masters’ degree in international health and community development and is a professionally qualified youth and community worker.

Leeky Benthall – Head of Trusts & Institutional Funding

Leeky has over 12 years’ experience in the international development sector, mainly working for CAFOD – the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (at home and overseas) and as a volunteer in Nepal and Zimbabwe. Leeky has a strong background in programme development, funding and donor compliance in both development and humanitarian programming. She graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA in Religious Studies.

Sophie Scott – Production Manager

Sophie has substantial experience in film-making and the field of Global Health. Prior to joining Medical Aid Films, she spent ten years working for the international medical NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres, where she oversaw the production of all aspects of video production. Sophie also closely collaborated with external broadcasters on several BAFTA and EMMY nominated films about various aspects of international health. She has made films in India, Myanmar, Pakistan, Kenya, Yemen, Nigeria, Swaziland and Russia.

Sophie started her career in BBC Specialist Factual and worked as a freelance producer and researcher for a host of broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She graduated in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Hull and is a qualified print journalist. 

Hannah Gladstone – Development Coordinator

Hannah graduated from Exeter University with a BA in Geography in 2014. She has always had a keen interest in international development born out of time spent in South Africa with Mercy Air as a child. Since then, she has travelled extensively, working with NGO’s in India, Honduras and the South Pacific. After a stint in the corporate sector, she now applies her knowledge of business, and passion for women’s health, to bring major donors on board. She also assists with the overall growth of the organisation through updating content on social media channels. 

Nataliya Cuttell – Finance Manager

Nataliya joined us in 2017 and brings over 25 years of experience in finance, HR and administration. She has previously worked abroad, specialising in commercial SME finances and holds a degree in Global Economy. Nataliya is responsible for the day-to-day charity finances, preparation of year end accounts and management reports. She is passionate about recycling, human and animal well-being and preserving old crafts and skills contributing to several charities.

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