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Ben Simms

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Ben Simms

Chief Executive Officer

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Ben joined THET in June 2015. He brings 25 years’ experience of working internationally, with a focus on health and disability in particular, most recently as Director of STOPAIDS, the network of 80 UK agencies working to secure an effective global response to HIV and AIDS. Ben has worked extensively across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, building a strong track-record in advocacy, fundraising, organisational leadership and programme innovation for organisations such as Sense International and Sue Ryder. 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.

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. He currently serves on the Steering Group of the Uganda-UK Health Alliance and the Programme Advisory Boards for the Health Education England Improving Global Health Through Leadership Development programme, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Ben.simms@thet.org

@bensimms65 

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Louise McGrath

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Louise McGrath

Director of Programmes

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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, including oversight of the DFID-funded Health Partnership Scheme.

Louise.mcgrath@thet.org

@LouiseM_THET

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Saf Rahbour

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Saf Rahbour

Director of Finance and Operations

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A CIMA qualified Chartered Management Accountant, Saf has over 15 years’ 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.

More recently 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 is an Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committee at UNICEF UK, where her role includes providing guidance and recommendations for the Board on a range of policies and procedures including oversight on financial reporting, risk, HR, governance, and internal controls. In 2019, Saf was appointed a Trustee at The Charity Finance Group joining the Board.

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Graeme Chisholm

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Graeme Chisholm

Policy and Learning Manager

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Graeme joined THET in September 2011. As policy manager Graeme is responsible for establishing a distinctive policy voice for THET, building on our model of health partnerships grounded in the concepts of mutual benefit, of co-development and co-learning.

Over recent years Graeme has influenced UK policy on international volunteering, has developed resources for the health partnership community such as THET’s principles of partnership and has authored many well received reports, including In Our Mutual Interest and Transition from Aid.

 

Prior to working with THET, Graeme worked with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in recruitment, fundraising, partnerships and latterly in their policy unit as programme development adviser for Health.

graeme@thet.org

@graeme_chisholm

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Edward Tonkin

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Edward Tonkin

Country Programmes Manager

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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

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Richard Skone James

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Richard Skone James

Head of Grants Management

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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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Charlotte Ashton

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Charlotte Ashton

Communications & External Engagement Manager

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Charlotte Ashton joined THET in December 2016 as Communications Officer and became Communications Manager in October 2018.

Graduating from the University of Manchester in 2013 in Social Anthropology and Arabic, she then went on to work as Communications Officer for Emergency UK.

Following this she joined One The Square, a community based artisan start-up whilst studying towards her MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS.

After the completion of her MA she continued her post-graduate studies whilst freelancing for Hurst Publishers and various NGO projects.

Charlotte.ashton@thet.org

@C_Ashton_

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Ama Bartimeus

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Ama Bartimeus

Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Adviser

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Ama joined THET in November 2019 as a Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Adviser. Ama has extensive experience in managing MEL processes and supporting implementation of national, regional and international development projects. Ama has worked at various international organisation including HelpAge International, CARE International, FHI 360.

Her expertise includes assuring program quality by applying the core dimensions of gender equality, rights, participation and empowerment across the design, monitoring and evaluation cycle. She has developed evaluation strategies, designed and institutionalised MEL systems, provided oversight to consultants to deliver on evaluative studies and supported reporting on various programmes to key donors, including DFID, USAID, and IrishAid.

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Linnet Griffith-Jones

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Linnet Griffith-Jones

Country Programmes Coordinator – Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia

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Linnet joined THET in April 2016 as Grants Officer after working for small, grassroots NGOs in the UK, India and East Africa, mainly focussing on women’s rights, economic empowerment and health issues. She joined the Country Programme Team in June 2017.

She has an M.Sc. in International Politics from Trinity College Dublin and read Politics at Lancaster University.

linnet.griffith-jones@thet.org

@LinnetGJ

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Linda Matata

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Linda Matata

HR & Operations Coordinator

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Linda joined THET in 2019. She has served in HR and Administration roles within various organisations. Linda started her career in Kenya at St John Ambulance in Nairobi and Beacon of Hope a charity in the medical and education sector. In the UK Linda has worked in charities mainly in the community development sector.

She has a keen interest in HR and Admin, supporting senior management teams and event planning and coordination.

She graduated from Nelson Mandela University in South Africa with a BA Psychology degree and Honours in Labour Relations and Human Resources Management.

Linda.Matata@thet.org

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Beatrice Waddingham

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Beatrice Waddingham

Grants Coordinator

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Beatrice joined THET in February 2018. She graduated from the University of Manchester in 2014 with a Master’s degree in International Development, before spending time working for the NHS and as a teacher in Central Kalimantan, Borneo.

Prior to joining THET, Bea worked for international development charities working on monitoring and evaluation, and innovation.

BeatriceW@thet.org

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William Townsend

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William Townsend

Grants Coordinator

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William joined THET in 2017. He has a Master’s degree in Development and International Relations from Aalborg University, Denmark. Alongside his current role at THET, other international development experience includes completing a 4-month internship with an Indian NGO, working in client relations for an international health charity and ongoing volunteering for a small grass-roots led INGO.

With a particular interest in ‘bottom-up’ and participatory development, William’s skills include supporter/customer care, project management, research and communications.”

william.townsend@thet.org