Elly Nott

Elly established the Foundation with David in 2015 and led it as Chief Executive until 2019.


During her tenure as Chief Executive Elly led the expansion of the Hostile Environment Surgical Training (HEST) course and organised training in Turkey (for Syrian doctors), Iraq, Palestine, Bangladesh, Libya, Lebanon, Cameroon and Yemen. She also oversaw the scholarship programme which brought doctors from over 30 different countries to be trained in the UK on the Surgical Training for Austere Environments (STAE) course at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.


Deeply committed to neonatal and obstetric care; Elly is proud to have made the provision of better medical care for mothers and babies a priority during her time as Chief Executive. Thanks to the generosity of donors, the Foundation has been able to purchase two state of the art obstetric simulators and has also financially supported three Systematic Management and Emergency Care in Obstetrics and Midwifery (SMEC-OM) courses, held in Gaziantep for Syrian midwives and obstetricians.


Elly built a sound financial footing for the charity including securing the first major grant, from the Open Society Foundations. With David, she was recognised on Foreign Policy’s Global Thinkers list of 2016 for training doctors working in war zones.


After graduating from the University of Oxford Elly worked for a small social enterprise in South East London. Between 2010 and 2014 Elly worked for the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) as a Research Associate in London and Bahrain.  She has BA in Modern History from St Hilda’s College, Oxford, and a Masters in International Relations from Exeter University.


Elly is currently a PhD student in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.