THET appoints new Chief Executive

Ben Simms

THET is delighted to announce that Ben Simms has been appointed as our new Chief Executive.

Jane Cockerell announced her decision to stand down from the role earlier this year and will be leaving the organisation at the end of June. 

Professor Sir Andy Haines, Chair of the THET Board of Trustees, said:

"I am really excited to see Ben taking up the post of CEO of THET. Ben is a proven leader with vision, integrity and the ability to bring people together. He brings a wealth of experience and is the best person to lead our dedicated and talented team in the coming years

"I want to take this opportunity to thank Jane for her exceptional work and wish her every happiness and success in the future. Jane has made innumerable contributions to THET's growth over the last five years. We are indebted to her for her passionate leadership, her drive for quality and her thoughtful approach to safeguarding the core values and mission of this unique organisation."

 Ben will join THET in mid- June, moving from his current role as director of STOPAIDS, the network of 80 UK agencies working to secure an effective global response to HIV and AIDS. Ben brings 25 years' experience of working internationally, with a focus on health and disability in particular. He has worked extensively across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, building a strong track-record in advocacy, fundraising, organisational leadership and programme innovation. He has led an active voluntary life in the UK throughout this time, serving as a councillor and acting as a trustee of several charities. Ben has an MSc in Development Management from the Open University and an MA in History from Edinburgh University.

"I am thrilled to be joining THET. It's a charity I have long admired, a feeling that was strengthened still further by the interview process. I am deeply impressed by its achievements under the leadership of Andy Haines and Jane Cockerell, which have consolidated THET's position at the heart of DFID thinking and as a partner to the NHS. I will work tirelessly to champion the contribution of health professionals generally, and THET's model of partnership specifically, looking in particular at the opportunities that will come with a change of the UK government in May, and the adoption of fresh sustainable development goals in September."