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Ben Simms

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Ben Simms

Chief Executive Officer

Biography

Ben has been CEO of the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) since 2015. He has 30 years’ experience of working internationally, with an emphasis on global health and disability work. He has worked extensively across Africa, Europe, Latin America and Asia during this time, harnessing expertise from across the UK health community, in the NHS and in specialist medical charities such as Sue Ryder and Sense, to benefit the development of health and social care in low and middle-income countries. For the last fifteen years he has been in leadership roles, building a strong track-record in advocacy and programme innovation, and working closely with UK Government departments and UN agencies. His knowledge of the INGO sector is further informed by periods chairing BOND Working Groups and taking active roles in health networks such as STOPAIDS, the network he directed from 2010 to 2015. Ben has led an active voluntary life in the UK throughout this time, serving as a Councillor and acting as a Trustee of several charities. He became a Fellow of the RSA in 2019 and is a member of the BBC Charity Appeals Advisory Committee. Ben has an MSc in Development Management from the Open University and an MA in History from Edinburgh University.

At THET, Ben leads an organisation that is pioneering a health partnership approach to the training of health workers across 30 countries in Africa and Asia. Health partnerships harness the skills of staff from the UK National Health Service in ways which bring mutual benefit to all involved, a vision of co-development that speaks to the new era of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ben.simms@thet.org

@bensimms65 

Louise McGrath

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Louise McGrath

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

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Louise is an experienced manager of international development programmes and organisations with specific thematic expertise in health and social development and on policy influence. Louise has geographic experience across Africa, Asia and Latin America and spent 12 years living and working in Brazil.

During her professional career working for a range of international health and development organisations, including NGOs and research institutes, Louise has developed a strong track-record in partnerships, programme design and management, capacity development and the generation and use of evidence to inform policy making and practice.

Originally trained as a nurse, Louise has a BSc in Philosophy and Sociology and an MSc in Environmental and Development Education. At THET, in her role as Head of Programmes, Louise leads the Country Programmes and Grants Management teams.

Louise.mcgrath@thet.org

@LouiseM_THET

Saf Rahbour

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Saf Rahbour

Chief Operating Officer

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A CIMA-qualified Chartered Management Accountant, Saf has over 20 years of experience working within the non-profit and INGO sector.

With considerable experience leading teams in cross-divisional projects, Saf has supported senior management and Board members during her career, providing strategic leadership and operational support during the implementation of finance systems and change management phases at International Organisations.

At BBC Media Action, in her role as Head of Project Finance, Saf led a team of Project Accountants during a significant finance transformation project, delivering financial management training and guidance to Country Directors, Finance Managers and project staff based in country offices across Africa, Asia, and MENA regions.

 

Saf continues to engage in volunteering and was appointed by Medical Aid for Palestinians in March 2023 as an Independent Member of the Audit, Risk and Governance Committee.  She has previously held positions as a Trustee at The Charity Finance Group and completed a six-year tenure as an Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committee with UNICEF UK, where her role included providing guidance and recommendations for the Board on a range of policies, including oversight on financial reporting, risk, HR, governance, and internal controls. Saf has a BSc (Hons.) in Mathematics with Business Studies from Queen Mary University of London and a PGCE in Mathematics from Kings College London.

HROps@thet.org

 

 

Richard Skone James

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Richard Skone James

Director of Programmes

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Richard joined THET in November 2014 as Grants Officer. He has a Masters degree in International Development from the University of Edinburgh. Prior to working with THET, he spent two years in Nairobi initiating a refugee education programme, and he previously worked in fundraising and communications for London-based NGOs.

Richard.skone-james@thet.org

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Margaret Caffrey

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Margaret Caffrey

Technical Director, Health Systems Strengthening

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Margaret joined THET in 2023. She is a highly experienced health workforce (HWF) and health systems (HS) specialist, with over 20 years’ experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of HWF and HS programmes, and related research across Africa and Asia. She has provided technical leadership and assistance in health systems strengthening, and health workforce policy, planning, management and development, working in partnership with global and country stakeholders, including government ministries and agencies, health education providers, health workers, civil society and communities, and donors and development partners. She has led and facilitated reviews and evaluations of health systems and health workforce policies, programmes and interventions, using mixed methods research approaches and evaluation methodologies.

She also has expertise in the design and delivery of health workforce and health systems capacity development interventions, particularly in the areas of HWF governance and leadership. At THET, in her role as Technical Director, Health Systems Strengthening, Margaret provides technical leadership for the Global Health Workforce Programme and other THET programmes.

Anne Buglass

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Anne Buglass

Head of Programmes

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Anne has worked in the international development sector for over 12 years’ and brings a wealth of experience in the management and strategic development of health and education programmes in LMICs. Her most recent role was Director of Programmes at Vision Action (formally known as Vision Aid Overseas) where she has been for the past 8 years.

Prior to that she worked for an international volunteering organisation, managing a portfolio of programmes spanning Asia, Africa, the South Pacific and Latin America. She is thrilled to be joining the team at THET.

Moses Wasswa Mulimira

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Moses Wasswa Mulimira

Diaspora Engagement Advisor

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Moses  is on a secondment from NHS England where he has been working as a global health  Project  manager.

During his professional career, Moses has worked in mental health services with East London NHS Foundation Trust where he is currently volunteering as vice chairperson of East London NHS – Butabika ( Uganda) international health link . Moses has co-founded the Uganda Diaspora Health Foundation and UK  East African Health Summit with strategic aim empowering the diaspora voice in global health .

 

Moses has a BSc in Health Psychology, Masters in Public Health (Addictions) from  Kings’ College London and a Post Graduate in Health Research from Oxford University .  At THET, in his role as Diaspora Engagement Advisor, Moses leads on Experts in our Midst / Voices diaspora programmes and the wider diaspora engagement activities  .

Moses.Mulimira@thet.org

Andrew Jones

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Andrew Jones

Head of Fundraising

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Andrew has over 20 years of fundraising experience, including many in director-level positions. Andrew’s experience covers a number of fundraising channels, including with corporates and major donors,

and he has worked with both national and international organisations, including Orbis UK.

Zoë Gray

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Zoë Gray

Head of External Engagement

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Zoë Gray is a strategic advocacy, policy, and communications professional with 20-plus years’ of experience and expertise spanning health, human rights, and international development. She specialises in advancing equitable and inclusive health and development and raising the voices of marginalised populations.

In NGOs and as a consultant, she has set direction and developed strategies for advocacy and communications. Accustomed to using many channels and fora for advocacy, she has led staff, allies, and partner NGOs to secure advocacy and policy changes in UK and overseas across health, disability, poverty reduction and minority rights.

 

She has extensive experience of high-level representation, including chairing and presenting alongside high-level officials and politicians. She has delivered advocacy and policy events at World Health Assembly, UN General Assembly, and many in Africa and Asia. Zoë brings extensive field experience and, thus, sensitivity to local realities. She has held strategic roles on health, disability, minority rights, and gender inclusion. Zoë is a trained journalist and has an MSc in Development Studies.

Edward Tonkin

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Edward Tonkin

Head of Research, Evidence and Learning

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Edward joined THET in February 2012. He has a BA (Hons) in Political Studies and a Masters in Development Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has worked in various development organisations including Oxfam and Volunteer Service Abroad and has travelled and volunteered in India and Africa, including Zambia.

He has also worked in a political environment, for a Member of Parliament in Wellington.

Edward@thet.org

@EdwardLT

Jessica Fraser

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Jessica Fraser

Programmes Manager

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Jessica joined THET in January 2020 as a Grants Officer, becoming Programmes Coordinator in July 2021. She has a Research Masters (MSc) in Global Health from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and a Bachelor’s degree in International Social Policy from the University of Leeds, completing an international year at the Australia National University, Canberra.

Her previous work includes field research in Lao PDR with the Lao Tropical and Public Health Institute, developing the National Public Health Research Agenda, and with the Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Chatham House, looking at the role of Civil Society Organisations in the control of Antimicrobial Resistance. Prior to this, Jessica worked for the international organisation Teach For All as a Global Development Analyst, and worked with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Cebu City, the Philippines.

Eldho Rajan

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Eldho Rajan

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager

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Eldho is a public health researcher with expertise in program design and health program evaluation. He has a master’s degree in public health nursing from Manipal Academy for Higher Education and has over a decade of experience working in various development organizations including Jhpiego and The George Institute.

He was born and raised in India, which has given him a deep understanding of the challenges faced by people in developing countries. He is also familiar with the different development models that have been implemented in these countries and is a strong believer in the power of data to empower people and communities.