Derrie Lizi originally comes from Malawi but has lived in the United Kingdom for over 35 years. She is a registered nurse/midwife by background and has had a varied career both in Malawi and the UK. She has worked in various hospitals in Malawi for 7 years before embarking on an academic career which lasted 8 years with the University of Malawi at Kamuzu College of Nursing. She has now retired from an Operational Manager’s post in a National Health Service hospital which she held for 16 years. Before this, she held a variety of ward-based careers.