Ros Davies (Chief Executive)
Ros has more than twenty years experience of maternal and child health and sexual and reproductive health in the international development field. She has managed and provided technical support to developing country programmes across Africa, Asia and Latin America and is an experienced advocate. Immediately before joining Women and Children First in 2007 Ros was a freelance management consultant for UNAIDS, prior to which she was Chief Executive at Interact Worldwide, a UK-based sexual and reproductive health and rights NGO, for five and a half years. Previous roles include Consultancy Services Director and External Relations Director at International Family Health and Director of Latin America Programmes for Marie Stopes International. Ros holds an MA in Area Studies (Latin America) from the University of London’s Institute for Latin American Studies and is Vice Chair of the Child-to-Child Trust.
Ruth Duebbert (Head of Policy & Advocacy)
Ruth has been working in international development since 2002, focusing on policy and programme management in Asia, Africa, Europe and the South Pacific. Ruth manages Women and Children First's reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health work in South Asia; integration work (with family planning and HIV & AIDS); and UK and international advocacy. From 2009 until 2011 Ruth coordinated the Manifesto for Motherhood coalition of over 20 UK based international agencies, successfully increasing UK government support for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Ruth currently sits on the UK Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Network steering committee and is a trustee of Female Farmers International. Before joining Women and Children First Ruth worked on child survival at the child rights organisation terre des hommes (Germany); education, HIV & AIDS and participation and governance for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Asia and the South Pacific. The latter included over two years working as an in-service teacher trainer in remote districts of North West China. Ruth has an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London), where she specialised in children, gender and development. Ruth also has an MA from the Universities of Edinburgh and Bologna (Italy). Ruth's direct country experience includes Bangladesh, China, India, Malawi, Mozambique, Myanmar, South Africa, Thailand, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Ruth speaks six languages and is passionate about women's rights and travelling.
Mikey Rosato (Senior Programmes Manager)
Mikey has extensive academic and professional experience supporting organisations to design, implement, monitor and evaluate community mobilisation and participatory approaches to improve mother and child health and wellbeing. He has a Ph.D. in Global Health and Development from University College London, a masters degree in Education from the University of London, and a bachelors and masters degree in Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Mikey’s doctoral research emerged from his work in Malawi where he spent seven years as a technical adviser building the capacity of a local NGO that sought to improve mother and child health and reduce mortality in poor and marginalised rural communities.
Rosey Ecob (Programmes Manager)
Rosey has over 10 years experience working in international development, including work in Malawi, Bangladesh and India. She has extensive experience of managing short and long term development projects for various donors including DFID, USAID, and the Big Lottery Fund, throughout Africa and Asia. Most recently however, she was a Health Promotion Specialist working for NHS Lothian, developing and implementing a health promotion strategy to increase physical activity across Edinburgh working in collaboration with Edinburgh City Council and community based organisations. She has a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and in 2009 studied Community Development and Health at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.
Cassie Williams (Programmes Manager)
Cassie has worked in international development since 2004. She spent two years in Rwanda working with OVC and one in Ethiopia working with vulnerable families before returning to the UK where she worked for three years with a London based INGO whose geographical focus is Sub-Saharan Africa and the former Soviet Union. She has previously focused on vulnerable children and their families, including maternal and child health. Participatory approaches to development are particularly important to Cassie and she has worked closely with a number of communities to ensure that programme interventions have been timely and a direct response to the needs of communities. In her previous role she was responsible for new programme design and development, M&E and organisational direction and growth. Cassie holds a BA (Hons) from Oxford and an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS – University of London) and very much enjoys travelling. She has a rudimentary grasp of Kinyarwanda, Hebrew and Russian and speaks English and French well.
Julia Garden (Administrator)
With over 15 years experience in the public, private and charity sectors, Julia has recently taken up the post of Administrator at Women and Children First. Julia has a varied background and has worked in administration, press and publications, volunteer management, recruitment and has worked freelance as an editor. Organisations that she has worked for include Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, an award winning social enterprise supporting women returning to work and overseas development agency, Actionaid. She comes to us from an Islington based charity supporting people with learning disabilities where she researched and wrote their marketing literature. With her degree in Environmental Studies with Developmental studies, she is looking forward to immersing herself back into the overseas development arena. Julia also has a post graduate qualification in Environmental Studies.