Meet the community changing lives

Devi Patel
Founder and Managing Director

Devi has been actively engaged in voluntary work for over 40 years; organising medical, social and educational projects which are often in remote parts of the world.

Dr Mike Rafferty MBBS BSc FRCS (Ortho)
Trustee and Medical Director

Mike always has his hands full. From his day job in Trauma and Orthopaedics to looking after his two kids, both under the age of three!

Ishver Patel MBE

Ishver has been our official Patron since 2018. He is involved in supporting a number of voluntary sector organisations.

Alimatu Dimonokene MBE

Alimatu is an award-winning woman and girls' rights advocate. She is the founder of ‘A Girl At A Time’ organisation.

Anne Barry
Trustee and Gynae Nurse Specialist

Anne's is driven by her passion to improve the quality of people’s lives, especially those who have limited access to essential services.

Kantilal Mistry
Optometry Director

Kantilal has over 40 years of experience in the optometric practice. He has been involved in volunteer work across numerous countries.

Dr Bijal Sisodia-Shah
Director of Dentistry

An award-winning dentist, Bijal is leading the team to create the very first dental teaching hospital in Sierra Leone.

Niral Karia BSc, MBBS, FRCOphth
Director of Ophthalmology

"I have the opportunity to make a great improvement to people's quality of life which is tremendously satisfying."

Dr Hannah Mistry
BSc MBChB MRCOG Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

"I realise that safer childbirth is a vital step to improving the lives of women and children throughout the world."

Dr Kani Varshneya
Director of Education and Medical Lead

With a Cambridge science degree and a medical one from Imperial - Kani would rather rip them up and pick up a shovel to serve society!

Nirali Sisodia, MPharmS, PGDip, IPresc
Director of Pharmacy

Nirali is excited and determined to build a sustainable Pharmacy department and education programme for the students of Sierra Leone.

Renu Gidoomal

Renu is a multi-lingual singer, songwriter, composer, guitarist, recording artist and producer.

Hina Patel

Hina is a founding member of Better Lives Foundation and has been engaged in voluntary work for over 35 years.

Raj Patel
Financial Director

Raj is more than just a numbers man! He is hands on participating in medical camps and visits to Sierra Leone.

Bhavin Jivraj
Head of Digital Media

Hey there! I'm a creative soul, all about living life with a purpose. To leave a positive impact once I’ve shed this human costume.