About us Our patron, board and ambassadors Our patron, board and ambassadors Our patron HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales The Prince of Wales became patron of International Health Partners in 2005, shortly after we began our work. Over the years, he has attended our events, met our staff and spent time with our partners. We have also benefitted from connections to our patron’s extensive international networks. Continuing to renew his patronage, HRH The Prince of Wales remains among our most dedicated supporters in our 15th anniversary year. Our board The International Health Partners board plays a valuable role in overseeing our work. It meets four times a year and has several committees resourced by board members and other volunteers. The board is made up of trustees and members. Trustees are: Peter O'Driscoll - Chairman Peter is an experienced transactional lawyer, with a focus on emerging markets and impact investment. He spent 32 years working in leading international law firms, starting in New York in 1987 and moving to London in 1991. He has a track record of thought leadership in relation to investment in emerging and frontier markets and has published articles in ImpactAlpha and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) Legal & Regulatory Bulletin. Peter has a law degree from Northwestern University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University. Peter is a board-level corporate governance advisor and has led teams in high profile, multi-jurisdictional M&A and private equity transactions, as well as corporate conflicts. His sector experience includes extensive work in energy and natural resources, mobile telecoms, growth capital and technology transactions. He currently serves as general counsel of a private equity fund and is a consultant with Gihon Partners, a London-based, specialist, multi-disciplinary consulting and advisory firm focused on frontier markets and impact investments across Africa. In addition, over the past 12 months, he has worked with the Ground_Up Project and UN SDG Lab in Geneva on the Impact Rescue Facility, a ~$1bn rescue fund for COVID-19-affected, impact-oriented SMEs in developing countries. Since 2013, Peter has divided his time between Lugano, Switzerland and London. He has been involved with IHP since its formation, initially as its pro bono legal counsel, then as a board member of both IHP's UK and US entities, and, since 2019, as its chair. He and his wife, the artist Marie-Solange Ladenius, have four grown daughters between them, and four dogs. When in London, they attend Holy Trinity Brompton. Helen Leighton Helen has spent over 25 years working as a Senior Commercial Leader for a variety of Global Pharmaceutical Companies including GSK, Abbot Labs, Janssen and Bayer. Having started her career as a pharmacist, she brings a wealth of experience across both pharmaceutical and consumer sectors and across all divisions, most notably recently in marketing and team development. Her style is underpinned with a strong collaborative approach and she is a qualified coach. Helen has two daughters and is a committed Christian worshipping at St Johns, Hampton Wick. Alex Stewart Alex Stewart is a London-based commercial lawyer and management consultant. He was born in Ethiopia and spent the early part of his life there and in the Seychelles, where his parents worked as journalists in international Christian radio. He was educated in the UK and went on to read Philosophy and Politics at Bristol University. After a stint working as a journalist with the BBC World Service, he converted to law and in 1996 qualified as a solicitor with City firm Charles Russell, where he spent 5 years as a corporate and commercial lawyer. He then moved in-house working in technology, media and infrastructure businesses. Alex has always retained close connections with East Africa, initially as part of volunteer teams with Alpha and Tearfund, and in 2015 he was appointed General Counsel and Commercial Director for Cambridge Industries, a developer of renewable energy projects across the horn of Africa. Whilst at Cambridge Industries, Alex helped oversee the construction in Addis Ababa of the Reppie waste to energy plant, the first green power plant of its kind in Africa, which safely and cleanly converts most of the capital’s daily municipal waste into electrical power. After three years at Cambridge, Alex was appointed to his current position as General Counsel of Verdant Frontiers Group, an impact investment fund focussed on East Africa, whose portfolio companies span industries from healthcare and hospitality to agribusiness, construction and consulting services to property development. Alex is also the founding partner of Gihon Partners, a specialist, multi-disciplinary consulting and advisory firm focused on frontier markets and impact investments across Africa. Alex is married to Rebecca and they have two children. After many years worshipping at Holy Trinity Brompton and a long association with Alpha International (where Rebecca still serves on the board) Alex and his family now worship locally at Holy Trinity Barnes. In his spare time he is a keen photographer and filmmaker. Wei-Lynn Lum Wei-Lynn advises the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on energy networks and markets as an advisory lawyer in the Government Legal Department. She has previously advised the Department of Health and Social Care on mental health and mental capacity law, and the Ministry of Defence on armed forces pensions and compensation schemes. She qualified as a lawyer in Australia, starting her career in the Department of Premier and Cabinet in the Victorian State Government of Australia advising on a wide range of legal policy issues. She has served as a trustee for the North Melbourne Legal Service (a community legal centre) and City Gateway (an East London charity supporting young people, women and families). Dr Joanna Hobbs MB BS MRCGP DRCOG DFFP Jo qualified from St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, London in 1991 and trained as a GP in Guildford and Camberley. She was a GP partner in Liphook for 13 years including 5 years as a senior partner before leaving in 2018 to help form a private GP clinic, Hindhead Health. She continues to practice as an NHS GP in Bordon, Hampshire. She has four grown-up children and lives in West Sussex with her husband, 2 dogs and a collection of chickens. Glyn Williams Glyn is a Chartered Accountant with 35 years’ experience in professional services, working in Mazars, an international firm of auditors and advisers. He was a member of the firm’s UK Executive Board from 2002 to 2017; he was responsible for all aspects of internal and external financial reporting, to improve decision making and performance and to enhance confidence for stakeholders. Glyn is now seeking to use his financial experience to help charities manage their finances in alignment with achieving strategic goals. He is married with 3 adult children and lives in Kent. Simon Howard With a degree in microbiology from Leeds university, Simon spent 10 years in a variety of sales and marketing roles in the Pharmaceutical industry working for Searle and then Bayer. He was involved in the UK launches of Tildiem LA (diltiazem) and Arthrotec (misoprostol plus diclofencac) at Searle and then managed the anti-infectives portfolio at Bayer. Marketing healthcare products in the 1990s required the development and communication of economic arguments as well as presenting clinical data and this led to the founding of Abacus International, the first agency of its type in the world. They became market leaders in health economics, market access, systematic literature review and Health Technology Assessments (HTA) such as NICE. In 2012 Simon sold Abacus to an American market research company called Decision Resources Group. Any work he now does raises funds to be used for charitable purposes. Simon sat on the grants committee for Samaritans Purse, been an entrepreneur advisor for TBN (Transformational business network) and invested in a small Christian charity called Laces using football coaching and a feeding programme to reach vulnerable children in Liberia. Simon invested in two companies, M-tech analytics and Agape Media. Currently, he is the founding chairman of CMS UK, a charity that raises money to support HIV Orphans in Eswatini. CMS UK has three staff managing the day to day operations and Simon chairs the monthly operational meetings as well as quarterly board meetings. He is also on the board of Challenge Ministries Swaziland (Our international board). He remains involved in the healthcare sector by acting as an advisor and non-exec chair to various healthcare agencies. He is a husband to Clare and father to three daughters. Barbara Brese Barbara is an Independent Consultant & Thought Leader in healthcare working with a range of bio- pharmaceutical industries and the NHS. A pharmacist by profession, she is passionate about making positive changes to healthcare through system leadership. She was the Strategic Account Manager for NHS England at MSD from 2016-2018. Prior to that, Barbara worked in the NHS for 22 years where she gained considerable experience in both hospital and primary care. Her final role was as the Deputy Director and Chief Pharmacist in NEL CSU from 2011-2016. Barbara is married to Alikem, a Chartered Architect and Project Development Professional and they have 3 children. Barbara has been a member of her church for the past 27 years where she plays many roles. She enjoys working on the Alpha programme as a leader and helping with the running of the Christian Business Network. Barbara also offers Christian mentorship to young adults with a focus on ladies in their 20s & 30s. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks. Members Peter Ballard (healthcare executive) Professor Raman Bedi (chair, Global Child Dental Fund) Viscount Crispin Brentford Andrew Russell (chartered accountant) Professor The Lord McColl (chair, Mercy Ships UK) Our ambassadors International Health Partners currently has one (unpaid) ambassador in the healthcare industry, who plays an essential role in representing our interests and promoting our work in specialist fields. Our ambassadors endorse us, open doors, and make useful introductions - we are very grateful for the work they do. Professor Richard Barker Richard has been associated with International Health Partners from its foundation and is the immediate past chairman. He is passionate about advancing biomedical innovation and about accelerating and spreading access to the fruits of this innovation to patients worldwide. He is founding director of New Medicine Partners, a global firm assisting public and private sector organisations to accelerate the worldwide development and adoption of precision medicine. He also founded the Oxford-UCL Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI), a major UK academic initiative aimed at bringing biomedical advances more rapidly and affordably to patients. He is chairman of the South London Health Innovation Network and of the corresponding Genomic Medicine Centre. He also chairs Kvatchii, a digital health company bringing cardiovascular health improvement to India and other middle-income economies. He is a board member of Image Analysis, a UK company using MRI to quantify the impact of therapy on disease and of Celgene, a major US-based bio-therapeutics company. His 30-year career in healthcare has spanned biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics and medical informatics, both in the USA and Europe. Richard has held several senior roles, and has been director general of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, general manager of Healthcare Solutions for IBM, chief executive officer of Chiron Diagnostics and head of McKinsey’s European healthcare practice.