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Zoë Gray

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Zoë Gray

Head of External Engagement

Biography

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.

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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.

Kat Brassington

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Kat Brassington

Programmes Manager

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Kat joined THET in June 2020 as the Country Programmes Coordinator for Somalia/Somaliland, Ethiopia and Myanmar. She graduated from the University of Sussex in 2014 with a Master’s degree in Conflict, Security and Development.

Following this, Kat spent time working for NGOs in humanitarian settings such as the West Bank and Gaza, South Sudan, and the Bangladesh – Rohingya response in the field of protection and human rights.

Zoe Raw

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Zoe Raw

Research, Evidence and Learning Manager

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Zoe is an experienced research scientist with expertise in using empirical evidence to support and develop programme designs and interventions for international development. Prior to joining THET, Zoe was Head of Global Research at The Donkey Sanctuary, where she led a team delivering research to demonstrate that healthier working animals are better able to support human health, livelihoods, and rural economies in marginalised communities in LMICs.

Born and raised in the Middle East, Zoe spent ten years living and working in Africa and is passionate about a One Health approach to global public health. She has a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Bristol and is a strong advocate for the use of data to understand development outcomes and drive future change.

Justine Nola

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Justine Nola

HR and Operations Manager

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As a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD- Level 7) and holding a master’s degree in human resource management, Justine has spent most of her career working within the non-profit and INGO sector.

 

 

Justine has over a decade of Generalist HR (management) experience both in a UK and international development context, with a number of senior roles within the non-profit and INGO sector, both within the UK and international settings (including Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan).

Jonathon Foster

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Jonathon Foster

Communications Manager

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Jonathon is an experienced communications professional with over three years’ service working at the House of Commons for two MPs, both of which were strong advocates for global health initiatives and supporting international development. During this time, as part of his roles in Dr Dan Poulter MP’s office, Jonathon was introduced to the valuable and important work of THET through APPG Global Health.

Before joining THET, Jonathon refined his public relations and corporate communications skills as part of the account management team at a sustainability-focused PR agency based at MediaCity in Manchester.

Jonathon has a BA (Hons) degree in Business Management with Law from the University of Liverpool and a MSc in Global Governance and Ethics from University College London (UCL).

Megan Cox

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Megan Cox

Convening and Communications Coordinator

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Megan joined THET as the Convening and Communications Coordinator in October 2023. Prior to THET, Megan worked in fundraising and communications roles in international development NGOs Amref Health Africa and Book Aid International, gaining experience in digital marketing, external communications, and fundraising/event coordination.

With a background in international development and global health, Megan has a passion for using advocacy and storytelling to advance equity in global health outcomes and international development initiatives.

 

Megan graduated from King’s College London in 2021 with a degree in History and International Relations. During University, she worked as the Africa Regional Editor for the KCL International Relations Magazine Dialogue and is passionate about communications as a vehicle for creating change.

Beatrice Waddingham

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Beatrice Waddingham

Programmes Manager

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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

Julia Taub

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Julia Taub

Fundraising Coordinator

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Julia joined THET in August 2023 as a Fundraising Coordinator. Prior to THET, she spent over seven years working in various programmatic and fundraising roles with the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (UK), International Institute for Environment and Development (UK), and International Centre for Climate Change and Development (Bangladesh). Julia has a master’s in international development from the University of Manchester and extensive knowledge and experience in locally-led initiatives that meet the needs of communities across the world.

 

Learning from the COVID-19 pandemic and seeing how it has set back progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals, Julia has developed a passion for ensuring that the world’s most vulnerable and isolated (both socially and geographically) groups have access to quality healthcare that is needed to reduce the risk of chronic illness and unnecessary death. She has particular interests in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and antimicrobial resistance.

Ciaran Barbour

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Ciaran Barbour

Digital Transformation Coordinator

Biography

Ciaran joined THET in October, 2020 as Digital Engagement Officer.

Ciaran graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Bachelor’s degree in History. Before joining THET, he worked for various organisations in the tech sector in the UK and abroad.

Ciaran has a keen interest in social enterprise and the role technology can play in creating positive social change.