Our achievements are made possible by our leadership, who works tirelessly around the world to establish partnerships and to ensure that the best care is provided to our patients.
Operation Smile was founded in 1982 by Dr. William (Bill) P. Magee, Jr., a plastic surgeon, and his wife Kathleen (Kathy), a nurse and clinical social worker. After travelling to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates, they saw the overwhelming need for cleft surgery. In Naga City, approximately 300 families arrived hoping their children would receive surgery, but the team could only treat 40 children. As they prepared to leave, the Magees made a promise they would return to help more children. Since then they’ve organised medical missions around the world to help children and adults with cleft conditions.
CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Maria Moore, BDS Hons, Chairman
Maria Moore has been involved with Operation Smile since 1999, first as a donor and then as a dental volunteer in Guwahati, India. Maria has attended international missions to India, Panama, Colombia and Philippines and is an active and dedicated fundraiser. She became Chairman of Operation Smile United Kingdom in December 2015.
Having graduated with Honours in Dentistry from Birmingham University in 1988, Maria’s career spans both the NHS and the private sector. Maria now owns and manages a successful dental practice in Virginia Water and gives her time to Operation Smile in her capacity as Chair of the Board.
Dr William P Magee Jr
Dr William P. Magee Jr. co-founded Operation Smile in 1982 with his wife Kathy in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. He is a plastic and craniofacial surgeon and serves as Operation Smile Inc. Chief Executive Officer at our global headquarters.
Over three and half decades, Dr Magee has not only trained and mentored physicians worldwide but he has taken Operation Smile into over 60 countries globally, building Operation Smile into a highly respected and leading organisation in cleft care provision for infants, children and young adults across the world.
Catherine de Maid, LLB
Catherine is a UK qualified solicitor, specialising in private client work, philanthropy advice and charity law. She works for independent law firm Burges Salmon LLP. Her expertise in the area of governance contributes significantly to the Operation Smile Board.
Whilst working in South Africa, Catherine helped establish Operation Smile South Africa, our regional hub for Sub Saharan programmes, and was an active member of their board for eight years until October 2017. Catherine has attended a mission to the DRC, has assisted World Care patients in Cape Town and attended a Cape Town mission which took place on a US navy ship.
On her return to England, Catherine became a member of the Board of Trustees of Operation Smile UK in February 2018. In addition to her legal expertise, Catherine brings her knowledge of Africa to our Board.
Andrew is the Chief Investment officer of Caledonian Advisory, an Asian investment firm.
Having worked in four continents in multiple environments and cultures, he has global experience in the alternative investment, private debt and equity markets.
Andrew joined the Board of Trustees of Operation Smile UK in September 2018 bringing his financial and fund-raising expertise and broad experience of Asia, Africa, the Gulf States and India.
Dr Phil McDonald – MB ChB, FRCA (UK)
Dr McDonald graduated from Liverpool University in Medicine. He is a Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester.
Dr McDonald has been Medical Director and a Trustee on the Board of Operation Smile UK since it was registered in 2002. He was featured in the BBC1 documentary about Operation Smile, ‘The Facemakers’, in June 2000 and in the 2009/10 Blue Peter Charity Appeal, ‘Send a Smile’, which also supported the charity.
He has been an anaesthesia volunteer with Operation Smile since 1995 and has been on numerous medical projects in Columbia, the West Bank, Romania, India, China, the Philippines, Kenya and Ethiopia.
Phil is committed to the provision of sustainable healthcare solutions in developing countries and has worked tirelessly to develop the anaesthesia capacity of Jimma University Hospital, Jimma, Ethiopia through the establishment of their Anaesthesia Residency Programme.
Chris has spent his career managing Global Communications agencies, specialising in advertising, digital, PR, media and direct marketing.
He worked 32 years at Havas, most recently as Global Chief Operating Officer. Now a non-executive director, investor and adviser helping high potential companies to realise their true potential.
He joined Operation Smile UK’s Board of Trustees in February 2018. Chris brings a wealth of communication expertise to Operation Smile and works with us to ensure appropriate and relevant mix of communications across diverse communications channels.
Working with a team of highly respected medical professionals, Operation Smile’s Medical Sub-Committee sets the standards for recruiting and credentialing medical volunteers within the UK. The drive of the committee is to ensure that our Global Standards of Care are met and implemented on all medical projects and at every stage in the volunteer credentialing process.
The Medical Committee is comprised of experts in their fields, who attend medical projects regularly and are in contact with fellow Operation Smile volunteers.
Dr Phil McDonald – Consultant Anaesthetist, St. Richard’s Hospital, Chichester
Mr Per Hall FRCS (Plast) – Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Lead Clinician Cleft Network East Addenbrookes, Cambridge
Dr Annemieke Miedema – Consultant PICU, Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Wg Cdr Ankur Pandya – Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Royal Air Force Medical Services
Jackie Matthews – RN-Specialist Nurse, South Thames Cleft Team, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust