Dr. Bondar became Patron of Hoopers Africa Trust in June 2013.
As the world’s first neurologist in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar is globally recognized for her pioneering contribution to space medicine research. Aboard the NASA Discovery mission STS-42 in 1992, she conducted over 40 experiments in the shuttle’s first international microgravity laboratory on behalf of six international space agencies.
Dr. Bondar is an acclaimed photographer of the natural wonders of our planet and the author of four best-selling photo essay books featuring her stunning photography of the Earth. She is Co-Founder and President of The Roberta Bondar Foundation http://www.therbf.org
Among the many honors and awards, Dr. Bondar has been recognized with the NASA Spaceflight Medal, inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame for her pioneering research in space medicine. Dr. Bondar is a Companion of the Order of Canada and has been appointed to the Order of Ontario and as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has received 28 honorary doctorates from Canadian and American universities. Dr. Bondar received her own star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2011.
Chairman: Roger Hooper
Roger founded Hoopers Africa Trust in March 2007 following many visits to Kenya. He is a photographer who is passionate about wildlife. He has photographed many extraordinary aspects of our planet and has travelled to all seven continents.
Roger uses his photography as a way of informing others of the frailty and beauty of the world around us, highlighting the need to preserve our wildest environments, and the plight of our most endangered species. Roger is also a staunch supporter and contributor to WWF-UK
Nick is HAT’s lawyer as well as being a trustee. He has been responsible for ensuring all the requirements of charity law are satisfied. Nick carried out the legal work to set up HAT and has been involved ever since. This has included visiting Kenya to meet the students every other year since 2007.
Nick has been a friend of Roger Hooper for over 40 years, so when Roger decided to set up HAT, Nick was delighted to become involved.
Nick lives with his wife Ina in Putney, South West London. Away from work, Nick's interest are theatre, tennis, football and socialising with family and friends.
Helen has a degree in Education from Sussex University and taught at schools in London and Toronto. She became a commissioning editor with McGraw-Hill International with the remit to introduce a new Mathematics programme for Canadian schools. In 1982 Helen set up and ran a publishing and stationery company in London. This company was acquired by GMC Publications Limited in 2012. Helen now runs Esmonde Publishing, the stationery division of GMC.
Helen was the Director of Hoopers Gallery from 2003-2011 and is a Past Master and on the Court of the Worshipful Company of Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers in the City of London. Helen is also Chair of the Stationers' Education Committee
Trustee: Elizabeth Barthes-Wilson
In December 2015 Dr Elizabeth Barthes-Wilson joined our board of Trustees.
Elizabeth is a General Practitioner in London, with experience of working in Africa, most recently at an Ebola Treatment Centre in Sierra Leone.
Elizabeth's medical expertise greatly benefits Hoopers Africa Trust and the health and well-being of our HAT students.
Away from work, Elizabeth's interests include travel and photography.
Sally studied law at university in Cardiff and qualified as a Solicitor in 1993. Between 2000 and 2006, she worked for the global law firm, DLA Piper, where she was a Partner in the Corporate Insolvency and Restructuring department, specialising in litigious matters in that field.
Sally is married to Sir Nigel Knowles, former Global Co-Chairman and Senior Partner of DLA Piper. Nigel was honoured with a knighthood in 2008 for services to the legal profession. Nigel and Sally have two young sons and live in Fulham, London.
Trustee: Dr. Marice Theron
Marice is a consultant paediatrician in the UK with a special interest in neonatology and is the clinical lead for neonatology at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Marice was born in South Africa and raised in Namibia.
In her free time Marice enjoys travel and photography.
Neil was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He is an architect and in 2005 founded Stuff International Design Limited.
Prior to this he was UK Managing Director of Fitch PLC, after being its Creative Director, while it rose to become the fourth largest design business in the world. More recently Neil started Stuff Innovations to advise start-up companies.
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