The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) Board of Trustees recently appointed NLI Associate Fellow Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas as a member of its Board of Trustees – a novelty in the School's 115-year history. Aduragbemi is a medical doctor, with specialist postgraduate training in public health; health policy and programme management. He is undertaking a PhD program at LSTM's Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) where he is pioneering the application of an innovative social return on investment methodology to measure the impact of maternal health intervention on key stakeholders in society. In addition to working towards his PhD, Aduragbemi also works as a Research Assistant at CMNH on the ''Making it Happen'' Programme in Africa and has a supervisory role in the postgraduate diploma programme.

He was co-opted to the Board of Trustees from a group of 14 individuals responsible for the governance of LSTM in June 2014. He will be officially recognised as a Trustee at LSTM's Annual General Meeting in November 2014. Aduragbemi will serve in this position for the next two years and it is hoped that he will be succeeded by another member of the LSTM student body. NLI congratulates Aduragbemi on this historic appointment.