In Zambia, THET calls on a pool of over 200 health experts, sourced through the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and various international training institutions. These experts form the backbone of technical support to our programmes, and volunteer their time as advisors, academic coordinators and trainers.

Professor John Kinnear - Anaesthesia Expert

Professor KinnearProfessor Kinnear currently serves as THET’s Anaesthesia expert and he leads the Masters of Medicine programme in Anaesthesia at the University of Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia. He works as a consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine at Southend University Hospital in the UK and is also the Director of Medical Education at the Postgraduate Medical Institute of Anglia Ruskin University. Professor Kinnear is an editor and reviewer for the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesia Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week and is a reviewer of the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine.



I firmly believe that visiting support should only be temporary, while embedding the required systems to support postgraduate training locally.” - Professor Kinnear


Dr Dylan Bould - Anaesthesia Expert

Dr. Bould currently serves as THET’s anaesthesia education lead. He supports the coordination of the Anaesthesia Masters of Medicine at the University of Zambia (UNZA) in Lusaka, Zambia. He is the Director of the Zambian Anaesthesia Development Programme (, which he runs alongside THET Zambia's programme at UNZA. Additionally, Dr. Bould is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Department of Innovation in Medical Education, University of Ottawa (2010 – Present) and he serves as a consultant anaesthetist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Dr Dave Snell - Anaesthesia Expert

  • Professor Snell currently serves as Anaesthetic Consultant under THET at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. Professor Snell is also the current Course Director of the SAFE Obstetric Anaesthesia course in Uganda. Dave teaches final year student components at Newcastle University, as well as nurse anaesthetist at Makerere University. He has over ten published works in the area of safe obstetric anaesthesia, intensive care and oximetry.


Dr Subodh Dave - Psychiatry Expert 

Dr. Dave currently serves as THET's Psychiatry expert. He works as an Honorary Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham and a Consultant in Community Psychiatry at Derby Healthcare National Health Service Trust Foundation in the United Kingdog. He is also the Associate Dean for Trainee Support in the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Additionally, Dr. Dave served as the Chair of the British Indian Psychiatry Association. Dr. Dave has a keen interest in medical education and has written and presented extensively on this topic. He has co-authored a psychiatry textbook for medical undergraduates, 100 Cases in Psychiatry. He is particularly interested is in the impact of education on clinical practice and patient outcomes. He is passionate about introducing such outcomes in curricula and has been involved in re-designing the psychiatric curriculum in both the United Kingdom and Zambia.


Dr Ken Fleming - Pathology Expert

Dr. Fleming
Dr. Fleming currently serves as the lead advisor for the Masters of Medicine programme in Pathology at the University of Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia. From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Fleming held the post of Director of International Affairs at the Royal College of Pathologists. Dr. Fleming served as the Head of the Medical Sciences at Oxford University from 2000 to 2008 and the Director of the Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School from 2009 to 2013. Additionally, Dr. Fleming is an accomplished researcher, has over 150 publications on molecular biology and pathology. He continues to be an Honorary Consultant in Pathology for the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals National Health Service Trust.


“[THET Zambia] fits well with my commitment to addressing the problem of poor pathology throughout the world.  This is a practical and useful contribution to increasing the human capacity in pathology.”- Dr. Fleming


Professor Suraiya Ismail - Nutrition Expert

  • Professor Ismail oversees nutrition research at THET and The University of Zambia (UNZA). She served as the Volunteer Coordinator of the BSc of Nutrition at the UNZA, during which time she was involved in all aspects of curriculum and programme development. Professor Ismail served as a Senior Lecturer and the Head of the Public Health Nutrition Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Suriaya has published various works including Improving Nutrition Programmes: an assessment tool for action and Assessing Nutritional Vulnerability in Older People in Developing Countries. 


Professor Hilary Powers - Public Health and Nutrition Expert

  • Professor Powers currently serves as the University of Zambia/THET Nutrition Programme Director and as a technical expert for THET’s public health and nutrition research and programmes. Professor Powers has taught nutritional biochemistry at a postgraduate level for over 20 years, currently as a module leader on the MMedSci degree in Human Nutrition. Professor Powers developed and now edits Human Nutrition, a leading Human Nutrition textbook with an international readership. She is a Member of the Expert Panel for a study examining links between diet, physical activity and cancer. She is a member of the Department of Health Project Board for the National Diet and Nutrition Surveys of the UK population. She sits on the UK Government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and is Chair of the Department of Health working group reviewing the vitamin D requirements of the UK population. 


Dr Simon Knowles - Quality Improvement Expert

Dr. KnowlesDr. Knowles is Director for Lead2Improve, a not-for-profit, social enterprise that trains emerging and established leaders in healthcare. Simon has served as a National Clinical Advisor for National Health Service (NHS) Improvement. He was international consultant on female genital cancer to the UNFPA Mission in Kosovo and is listed on the UNFPA Expert Register. Until April 2014, Simon was Lead Cytopathologist at the Southwest Pathology Service. He is a Non-Executive Director on an NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, a Specialist Advisor to the Care Quality Commission and President Elect of the Association of Clinical Pathologists. Simon is based in Exeter in the South-West of England.


“I am passionate about the importance of good leadership in healthcare and was keen to support doctors in training because they frequently find themselves in leadership positions later in their careers. The most important element of my work in Zambia so far has been working with the THET Zambia team to explore the leadership landscape from district services through to the Ministries, working closely with the Ministry of Health’s Quality Improvement team in Lusaka. 
Developing the right skills requires training and coaching in real world scenarios - 'learning by doing'.” - Dr. Knowles