For the last four years, we’ve gathered members of our community annually for our Sharing Best Practice Workshop. Last May, we hosted 53 people in central London for a day of stimulating discussions.

This year, to encourage those in our community to continue with these essential conversations – and given current circumstances – we're moving to a summer series of online webinars.

The webinars will happen on two Wednesdays in July (1st and 15th). Each one starts at 2pm and finishes at 3.15pm, and will include four speakers and time for Q&A at the end.




On 1st July, we’ll be looking at The value of partnerships during COVID-19. We’ll also be considering the global health impacts of COVID-19, including perspectives from corporate and NGO partners on implications of the present crisis and ways forward.



14:00 – 14.15

An update from International Health Partners

Adele Paterson (CEO, IHP)

14:15 – 14:30

COVID-19: A survey of the global health impacts

Alex Harris (Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, Wellcome Trust)

14:30 – 14:45

Collaboration among and from the pharmaceutical industry during COVID-19:

Claire Hitchcock (Director, Global Health Programmes, GSK) 

14:45 – 15:00

The impacts of COVID-19 on the ground:

Tom Cotter (Director of Emergency Response and Preparedness, Project Hope)

15:00 – 15:15




Webinar 1 Speakers 

Adele Paterson – CEO, IHP

Following a successful career as a political researcher and Ministerial advisor, Adele worked for a ground breaking regeneration charity in east London, creating impactful partnerships with the corporate sector. 

She returned to the economic policy arena as head of policy for a financial trade association, and in 2008 joined International Health Partners to support (and then lead) our corporate partnerships. Adele was appointed CEO in October 2017. Adele sits on the Board of PQMD (Partnership for Quality Medical Donations) and Integral Alliance, the disaster response network.



Claire Hitchcock – Director, Global Health Programmes, GSK 

Claire is responsible for leading GSK's Global Health Programmes, overseeing the design, creation and implementation of access to healthcare programmes in over 60 countries globally. This includes leadership of GSK’s flagship partnership with Save the Children which combines GSK’s scientific expertise with Save the Children's on-the-ground knowledge and insights to find new ways to help reduce the number of children dying from preventable and treatable diseases. 

Claire also leads GSK's global strategy for humanitarian and emergency response, providing medicine donations, funding and resources wherever the need arises.  

Claire is former Chair of the Emergency Response Committee for PQMD (Partnership for Quality Medical Donations) and has been a member since she joined GSK in 2001. 



Tom Cotter  Director of Emergency Response and Preparedness, Project Hope

As the Director of Emergency Response & Preparedness, Tom works from our Washington DC headquarters to manage the day-to-day operations of Project HOPE’s global coronavirus response efforts, including within the United States. Tom has over a decade of experience in international and US-based disaster and health emergency response, having managed emergency programs including major earthquakes in Haiti and Papua New Guinea, Hurricane Matthew, Cyclone Idai, the 2015 Avian Flu outbreak in the US, cyclones in the Philippines, a polio outbreak in Nigeria among several others. He is leads internal readiness for the current hurricane season and other sudden-onset disaster as HOPE continues its work during the pandemic.



Alex Harris – Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, Wellcome Trust 

Alex Harris is the Head of Global Policy & Advocacy at the Wellcome Trust, where he leads a team of policy and advocacy experts working to create an environment where health research thrives and its benefits reach people across the world quickly.  He oversees Wellcome’s policy work on equitable access to healthcare interventions, epidemic preparedness, and enhancing the impact of research to inform policy and practice.  More recently, Alex has been a lead figure in Wellcome’s COVID-19 response activities, such as supporting a global pledging conference with the European Commission.

Alex has over fifteen years’ experience in global policy and advocacy, advising and influencing a wide range of healthcare organisations in the governmental, not for profit, and private sectors. Prior to joining Wellcome, he led an international NGO focused on access to medicine, advocating for greater collaboration between funders, governments and the private sector.





We hope you’ll be able to join us on Wednesday 1st July! Please feel free to share the registration pages with anyone you think would be interested in taking part.

We are extremely grateful to our amazing network of supporters. Thank you for standing with us as we support the world's most vulnerable people.