Hazel Slavin (Chair)
Hazel has had over twenty five years working in international development, particularly in sexual, reproductive and maternal health across 32 countries. She has an advisory role in a charity working to improve educational standards in India and is the external examiner for the London Diploma in Psychosexual and Relationship Counselling.
Patricia Croll (Vice Chair)
Patricia has twenty-one years’ experience as a senior international development executive and manager operating at a strategic level in the voluntary sector. As Director of External Relations and Resource Development at Marie Stopes International (MSI), she built from scratch the External Relations and Resource Mobilisation team, evolving the structure, systems, procedures and setting strategy. Her work on Public Affairs, Media and Parliamentary Advocacy, Publications Production aimed at both positioning MSI as the leading agency in its field and building awareness of a range of complex issues among a variety of audiences. Prior to working at MSI Patricia had many years experience in education, counselling and training.
Patricia also serves on the Board of Pupil Parent Partnership, which works with young people and their families in West London.
Anthony Costello (Honorary Secretary)
Anthony Costello is Director, WHO Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, prior to which he was Professor of International Child Health and Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health and UCL Centre for International Health and Development. After clinical training as a paediatrician, and research in neonatology at University College Hospital, London, he spent three years in western Nepal with Save the Children Fund where he gained extensive experience in the management of primary health care programmes. He is currently collaborating with projects in Nepal, Bangladesh, India and Malawi in order to produce strategic research to improve maternal and child health.
Peter Clokey (Treasurer)
Peter is a senior partner in the corporate finance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has extensive international experience, having led a World Bank project in Tanzania and advised clients in the Middle East and across south-east Asia, where he lived for several years. He previously sat on the Board of Directors of a listed company and currently sits on the Council of the Society of Share and Business Valuers.
Meg is a specialist in sexual and reproductive health and rights, with wide experience in programme design, management and technical assistance in developing countries. She has worked in the public and NGO sectors and has 25 years practical experience in programme development in SRHR, public-private partnerships, work with adolescents, and innovative financing methods. She has also worked on integrated rural development, housing and micro-credit programmes. She has Masters degrees in Operational Research and Economics. She lived and worked in Latin America for over 20 years, and now works as a freelance consultant.
Deborah Botwood Smith
Deborah is Director of Marketing at the Association for Financial Markets in London, which represents a broad range of European and global participants in the wholesale financial markets. Deborah has advised companies at the most senior level on reputation and governance issues, marketing, thought leadership and crisis management for over twenty five years. She has an MA in law from University of Cambridge. She is married with one son.
Esther has been a midwife for over 15 years and is a member of the Royal College of Midwives and Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. She has a wide range of experience in working in a range of midwifery settings across London as well as previously holding management responsibilties in public health roles and working in Afghanistan to improve maternal health. Esther currently works as a National Facilitator for Best Beginnings, a charity working to give all UK babies the best start in life. She is married with one child.
Tony is a retired consultant paediatrician who worked in neonatal intensive care at St George's Hospital for over twenty-five years. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and of the Royal College of Physicians. He maintains a number of advisory roles with governmental and non-governmental organisations, particularly in the field of child nutrition.
Meera has 5 years’ experience in various roles in finance under the NGO sector particularly in sexual, reproductive and maternal health. She has been heavily involved in producing statutory reports, monthly reporting and has more recently been a regional finance advisor in ensuring there is compliance to accounting policies and understanding of the SORP. Prior to this she has had 5 years working in the social housing sector where she was specialized in Capital and component accounting.
Laura is the Head of Community and Volunteer Fundraising at VSO based in London. Laura has over 10 years of experience working in the charitable fundraising sector for a range of organisations including Amnesty International UK, The Free Tibet Campaign and Concern Universal. Laura feels strongly about social justice, and particularly issues pertaining to gender equality and has an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the LSE.
Audrey is a senior lecturer at UCL's Institute for Global Health. She works closely with the Indian civil society organisation Ekjut in eastern India. Together they have conducted two large cluster randomised controlled trials of participatory women's groups to improve maternal and newborn health in largely tribal areas of Jharkhand and Odisha. They are currently working on expanding the use of participatory approaches with community groups to improve child health and nutrition beyond the neonatal period, as well as adolescent health. Audrey is an associate editor of Trials, and interested in the design and analysis of trials of complex social interventions.
JP has substantial experience in international finance and banking. In 2012 he founded Derivatives Value Advisor Ltd (DVAL), providing advisory services on derivatives and financial market solutions. Previously, JP has worked for global banks including Lloyds Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC. JP has a Masters in International Finance (MIF) from University of Amsterdam, and a Master of Technology (M. Tech) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, India.