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Garreth Wood

Co-founder & Chairman

Garreth Wood

Why you chose your animal

Elephant - "They are gentle grey giants known for determination and loyalty. Elephants always protect the herd and stand up for others - qualities I admire and that will ensure our success at KidsOR."


"Life is about finding the right balance between what you do for yourself and what you can do for others"
- Garreth Wood -

Garreth is a Scottish philanthropist and advocate. He and his wife Nicola founded Kids Operating Room, with the vision of ‘A world where every child has equal access to safe surgery.’

Garreth firmly believes that access to surgery is a basic human right and that every child should receive urgent healthcare when they need it. Sadly, this isn’t the case across many low-and-middle income countries, which is why Kids Operating Room created an innovative and sustainable solution, removing the barriers to surgery for the world’s poorest children.

He believes that philanthropy requires tenacity; the ability to hang on when letting go appears most attractive. He is inspired by the tenacity of the surgical teams KidsOR support across the world. The grit, perseverance and resilience they show every day, often in impossibly difficult working environments, is an inspiration to him.

Garreth and Nicola are incredibly proud of the team at KidsOR and their hard work and commitment to deliver projects which will enable all children to have access to safe surgery.

Garreth lives in East Lothian, Scotland with Nicola and their two young children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family on their farm, snowboarding, racing cars, playing golf with friends and has one of the rarest lego collections in the world.

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