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We are pleased to announce the appointment of THET’s first Honorary Clinical Lead, Professor Mala Rao OBE

22 March 2019

Professor Mala Rao will join the THET team to ensure that, through accessing appropriate specialist clinical knowledge and expertise our country programmes and grants schemes are clinically credible and informed by best practice.

Currently a Senior Clinical Fellow at the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, Medical Adviser to NHS England on Workforce Race Equality, and Vice Chair, WaterAid UK, Professor Rao’s advice will inform decision making by the senior management team and Trustees.

We would also like to take this moment to welcome three new Honorary Advisors to THET.

Each one exemplifies the skills and knowledge we are seeking to develop within THET. From an understanding of the contribution diaspora members can make to health partnerships, to the operational leadership needed to ensure our health system strengthening programmes are as effective as possible.

  • Dorcas Gwata, Public Health Specialist
    • Zimbabwean nurse Dorcas is a wonderful example of how much a nurse can contribute to making the world a better place by building bridges between different realities. She studied Public Health and Gender Violence at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has a special interest in gang culture, mental health, gender violence and HIV. She is now a visiting Global Mental Health Lecturer at LSHTM and King’s College.
  • Lisa Kelly, Chief Operating Officer, UCHW
    • Lisa has a wealth of experience in operational leadership and has been instrumental in delivering complex reconfiguration of hospital services across a range of specialties, developing new care pathways and leading turnaround programme for RTT and other quality improvement initiatives. Lisa became a fellow of the Improving Global Health programme in 2012 and spent a year working at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia developing and teaching a multidisciplinary leadership and management programme.
  • Sarah Cavanagh, International Partnerships Lead, CPA:
    • Having been a CPA adviser since 2017, Sarah joined the CPA as International Partnerships Lead in August 2018 and has a wealth of NHS and Global Health experience. Sarah has strong links with many Commonwealth countries including Ghana, Mozambique where she led the Ipswich –Beira hospitals, UK AID (THET) funded Health Partnership project, and India, through her work with Calcutta Rescue.

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Ben Simms - CEO


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