David and Elly Nott founded The David Nott Foundation to further the principles and improve the standards and practice of humanitarian surgery.  They achieve this through the education and training of medical professionals and raising the profile of humanitarian surgery in the UK and worldwide.

David Nott OBE FRCS

Founder and Chairman

David gained his medical degree from Manchester University and in 1992 gained his FRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons of England to become a Consultant Surgeon.

He has been a Consultant Surgeon at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for 23 years where he specialises in general surgery. Mr Nott also performs vascular and trauma surgery at St Mary’s Hospital and cancer surgery at the Royal Marsden Hospital. David is an authority in laparoscopic surgery and was the first surgeon to combine laparoscopic and vascular surgery.

For the past twenty three years David has taken unpaid leave each year to work for the aid agencies Médecins Sans Frontières, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Syria Relief. He has provided surgical treatment to the victims of conflict and catastrophe in Bosnia, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Chad, Darfur, Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Iraq, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Central African Republic, Gaza and Nepal.

As well as treating victims of conflict and catastrophe and raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for charitable causes, David teaches advanced surgical skills to local medics and surgeons when he is abroad. In London, he teaches the Definitive Surgical Trauma Skills (DSTS) and Surgical Training for the Austere Environment (STAE) courses at the Royal College of Surgeons.

In 2015 David established the David Nott Foundation with his wife Elly. The Foundation will support surgeons to develop their operating skills for warzones and austere environments.

David is married to Elly and they have a daughter, Molly.


Elly Nott

Chief Executive

Elly is responsible for setting the strategy and direction of the Foundation together with the Trustees. She also has responsibility for operations, fundraising, financing, marketing and building networks of supporters and friends.

Elly believes passionately in public service and after graduating from the University of Oxford worked for a small social enterprise in South East London. Her role was to recruit, train and match volunteer befrienders with isolated, elderly people in the London borough of Southwark.

Between 2010 and 2014 Elly worked for the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London and Bahrain. As Research Associate, IISS-Middle East, she coordinated, drove forward and managed every aspect the of the IISS’ Geo-economics and Strategy research programme.

She conceived, planned and executed international seminars and workshops and managed relations with various internal and external stakeholders in the programme. She also conducted research on current economic and geo-political issues and contributed on geo-economic and energy security themes to the IISS' flagship publications; Strategic Survey and the Military Balance.

Elly has also worked in public relations and politics. She has BA in Modern History from St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and a Masters in International Relations from Exeter University.