Through the valuable leadership and counsel of the Board of Trustees, Sabin Foundation Europe works to raise awareness and funding in the UK and across Europe to combat diseases of poverty. The activism and generosity of the Board of Trustees has been vital to Sabin Foundation Europe’s success to date.

Morton P. Hyman
Chairman

Jeremy Lefroy
Member of Parliament, Stafford Constituency,
House of Commons

John Cummins
Group Treasurer, Royal Bank of Scotland

James Beery
Senior of Counsel, Covington & Burling

 

Morton P. Hyman
Chairman

Mr. Hyman was elected Chairman of the Sabin Vaccine Institute in November 2008 and has been an active Trustee since November 2007. Mr. Hyman has extensive experience in leadership of philanthropic, business and governmental organizations. For over 30 years, he served as President and a Director of Overseas Shipholding Group, a NYSE-listed company that owns and operates one of the world's largest fleet of oil tankers. He retired from the company in 2003 as Chairman of the Board and CEO. He also served as Vice Chairman of a major Swiss private bank and as President of its affiliated investment

companies until his retirement in 2003, at which time he founded MPH Enterprises, LLC, a private equity investor.

In 1971, Mr. Hyman began making his mark in the public health sector with his appointment by Governor Nelson Rockefeller to the New York State Public Health Council; he served on the Council for 25 years, including 15 years as Chairman. During his tenure, the Council dealt with such issues as smoking bans in

public places, nursing home regulation, Medicaid reimbursement, and access to care for AIDS patients and for the poor. In 1978, he was appointed by Governor Hugh Carey as Vice Chair of the New York State Health Planning Commission to rationalize the healthcare delivery system in New York City. He was appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo as Chair of several joint executive and legislative task forces dealing with State-wide health matters.

In 1973, Mr. Hyman joined the Board of Trustees of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York; he became Chairman in 1985 and served in that capacity for 22 years, during which time the Medical Center greatly expanded its services. In 1997, he led the formation and became the first Chair of Continuum Heath Partners, one of the largest voluntary hospital systems in the United States, which includes Beth Israel, St Luke's, Roosevelt, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and Long Island College Hospital; he remains on the Boards of these constituent hospitals. In 2007, Mr. Hyman was elected Chairman Emeritus of both Continuum and Beth Israel.

Mr. Hyman continues to serve on the boards of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the N.Y. Academy of Medicine and the N.Y. Academy of Sciences. Mr. Hyman graduated with distinction from the Cornell University Law School (1959), where he served as an Editor of the Cornell Law Review, and was elected to the Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi honorary societies; he received his BA from the Cornell University School of Arts and Sciences (1956).

In recognition of his leadership, commitment and dedication, Mr. Hyman has received numerous awards, including an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities in Medicine from the Baylor College of Medicine, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from New York Medical College; 2002 Healthcare Leadership Award from the United Hospital Fund; 2001 Trustee of the Year Award from Modern Healthcare Magazine; 2002 Leadership in Business Award from the New York Business Group on Health; and the 2000 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.

Mr. Hyman lives in Manhattan with his wife, Chris Stern Hyman. They have two adult children, David Hyman and Sarah Washkowitz.


Jeremy Lefroy
Member of Parliament, Stafford Constituency, House of Commons

A qualified chartered accountant, Jeremy has a background in manufacturing, international trade and agriculture.

From 1989 to 2000, he and his family lived in Tanzania where he worked in the coffee industry. On returning to the UK, he worked assisting smallholder farmers in East Africa, until his election to Parliament in 2010. He believes in tackling poverty through enterprise and job creation and founded Equity for Africa (www.equityforafrica.org) which provides equity-type funding for small businesses. In 2010 he helped to establish the charity Stafford Works, which promotes apprenticeships, job creation and entrepreneurship in Stafford constituency.

Jeremy’s involvement in politics stems from a desire to see people have the opportunity to make the most of their lives. He has served as a councillor and as cabinet member for resources in Newcastle-under-Lyme, before fighting the 2005 General Election in the seat. In 2007, he was selected for Stafford constituency and was elected as Member of Parliament on May 6th 2010.

He has served on the Independent Monitoring Board of a Young Offenders Institution and as a school governor; assists a local church youth group and enjoys playing and writing music, football, cricket, badminton and hill walking in the little spare time he has.

Jeremy has been elected to the International Development Selected Committee, where he serves as one of 11 members and he has also served on the Health and Social Care Bill Committee. You can read more about his work in Parliament at www.jeremylefroy.org.uk.


John Cummins
Group Treasurer, Royal Bank of Scotland

Mr. Cummins joined the Sabin Foundation Europe Board of Trustees in January 2013. Mr. Cummins is currently the Group Treasurer of the Royal Bank of Scotland. He has more than 20 years of experience in the treasury and finance industry, including serving as a Director of the International Finance Facility for Immunisation Company (IFFIm) which has raised more than USD $4 billion for vaccines for the developing world. In addition to Mr. Cummins’ position as Royal Bank of Scotland’s Group Treasurer, he is also a member of the Group’s Management Committee and Finance Executive Committee.  In his previous role, Mr. Cummins managed the Treasury function for Standard Life Assurance Group.  He also filled the role of Finance Director, Standard Life Bank on an interim basis.

Mr. Cummins holds a Master of Arts in Modern History from Oxford University and a Master of Business Administration from Bradford University.


James Beery
Senior of Counsel, Covington & Burling

Mr. Beery joined the Sabin Foundation Europe Board of Trustees in February 2014.

Currently, Mr. Beery is Senior of Counsel in Covington & Burling’s London office, where his practice focuses on corporate, commercial, and regulatory issues facing pharmaceutical and other life sciences companies. Mr. Beery’s decades of experience in the life sciences industry also includes serving as SVP and General Counsel of GlaxoSmithKline plc in London, and as a non-executive director on a number of European and U.S. life sciences corporate boards.

Before joining Covington & Burling in 2002, Mr. Beery practiced law in London, New York and Tokyo. He is a member of the State Bars of New York and California. He attended Harvard College and Stanford Law School.


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