Meet the team

Child Health International is run entirely by volunteers and medical professionals who give their time and expertise to ensure children and young adults living with cystic fibrosis receive the best possible care, no matter where they live.

Prof Gary James Connett

Gary Connett is a Professor of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at University of Southampton. He is regional director for paediatric CF services across Wessex and provides comprehensive secondary and tertiary specialist services for respiratory problems in children and young people. Gary also served as paediatric representative for the UK CF Medical Association and as a member of the Research Scientific Oversight Board for the CF Trust.  

David Wilford

David Wilford Chairman of Child Health International

David is a retired consultant with 45+ years experience in banking focusing on implementation and compliance with Prudential Regulation Authority, Financial Conduct Authority and European regulatory requirements, governance frameworks and credit and legal risk management systems and procedures. He is married with two children, one with CF, and enjoys scuba diving.

Darren Foy
Company Secretary & Trustee

Darren Foy profile photograph

Darren is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with 30 years of experience in the built environment. He undertakes several voluntary roles, acting as a Director and Company Secretary for several local social and community-focused organisations and is a Trustee of one of the largest multi-academy education trusts in the South of England. A keen runner, Darren has previously served as Chairman of his local running club.

Dr Julian Legg
Trustee and Medical Consultant

Julian qualified from Cambridge University in 1990, and has subsequently worked and trained across Birmingham Children’s hospital, St George’s University Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Southampton University and the Children’s Hospital in Perth, West Australia. He now works as a consultant at Southampton.

Dr Mary Carroll
Trustee and Medical Advisor

Mary is a consultant in respiratory medicine at Southampton University Hospital, where she heads the Adult CF service. She is involved in testing new treatments for people with CF. Her work has contributed to the development of nasal ventilation techniques and an increased understanding of the role of nebulised heparin in thinning sputum for easier expulsion.

Michael Ridgway

Michael Ridgeway Trustee of Child Health International

Son of the founders of the charity, Roy and Dorothea Ridgway, Michael has been a trustee for many years. He is a one-time actor and self-employed carpenter. He has 4 grown-up children and lives in London. In 2005 he completed a sponsored cycle ride for CHI from Lands End to John O’Groats and in 2019 cycled from Southampton to Paris!

Tracey Daniels

Tracey Daniels

Tracey is a physiotherapist and research fellow at the York and Hull adult CF centre.  Tracey has worked with adults and children with CF for around the last 20 years in a number of UK CF centres.  Within CHI, Tracey provides a link to the allied health professions such as physiotherapists in order to best support our partnership working model.

Judi Maddison
Special Advisor

Judi Maddison Trustee for Child Health International

Judi is a Paediatric Cystic Fibrosis Nurse Specialist, working at Southampton’s Children’s Hospital. She trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital, moving to Southampton shortly after. Judi became interested in working with children with CF whilst working on a medical unit and it has remained a passion ever since. 

Paddy O’Grady

Paddy is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa and worked for a German multinational chemical company in various roles over more than 30 years in different company sites in South Africa and also in the UK for a period in the ’90s. He was Company Secretary and Financial Manager for the group’s various companies in South Africa until he retired and settled in the UK to be closer to his family.

Hadyn Daniel

Haydn is a retired Post Office Counters Branch Manager. While Haydn deems it a great privilege to serve as bookkeeper for all these years, in which he has seen many changes in the charity’s vision to help children with Cystic Fibrosis, it is the charity that is fortunate in having such a steadfast member of the team

Carl Hunter-Roach
IT Consultant

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Carl is a retired technical director and company founder with experience in digital publishing, mapping and web technologies.

A childhood passion for wildlife led to training with the British Trust for Ornithology. Carl studies local owls, raptors, and migrating species, as well as training the next generation of conservationists.

Tony Wolstenholme
Project Manager

Tony is a retired naval officer and diplomat, and is a fluent Russian speaker. Tony is a previous trustee and ex-chairman of Child Health International and has rejoined the charity to lead CHI’s work in Russia. 

Juulia Zumer
Project Manager

Juulia has a degree in Economics and Management Sciences, is experienced in a vast variety of project management skills, is a PRINCE2 Practitioner and holds PSMI certifications. Juulia is fluent in English and Russian and speaks some Estonian. Her passions include skydiving, cycling and hiking.