James Cowan, KSLP Coordinator
As the London Coordinator for the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership, I’m the primary point of contact for staff and volunteers out in Sierra Leone. Within the London office, I have several responsibilities such as: communications, HR, logistics, and coordinating the technical advisory groups. There are also a variety of additional responsibilities that assists our incredible team out in Freetown daily.
Prior to joining the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership, I was working for the British Red Cross as an Independent Living Service Coordinator across Devon & Cornwall. This role with the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership will allow me to build upon these experiences whilst returning to an international domain where I have previous voluntary and academic familiarity. In 2014 I worked overseas in Dire Dawa – Ethiopia with VSO before completing a MSc in International Development from the University of Sheffield in 2016. I have a strong interest in WASH and have been able to conduct research in New Delhi during my MSc. The partnership approach is one that I find attractive and I am excited and proud to be part of this one.
Max Manning Lowe, Global Health Partnerships Manager
I’m the Global Health Partnerships Manager at the King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships. I provide strategic and operational support across our three health partnerships. I help them work together as well as keeping track of the finances, structuring our communications, managing relations with UK partners and I pick up a lot of other things as well. I’m also managing the set up of the new SPHEIR project in Sierra Leone.
I originally joined KSLP in May 2014 as a part-time administrator, unfortunately just before the Ebola outbreak. I supported our response and the growing team from the UK, managing everything from the HR and flights to the procurement and logistics. It was a difficult time, but as a consequence I know the organisation inside-out – a lot of the structures hidden behind the scenes I’ve helped to build.
What originally attracted me to KSLP is participation in development. I studied both a BA (Politics and Development) and MSc (Globalisation and Development) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, where I developed a critical understanding of international development. What inspired me are locally-owned, participatory structures of governance as a means of change.
I’ve fallen in love with Sierra Leone whilst in this role, and I’m excited about working in – and continuing to improve – an organisation that truly delivers on its values to support the development of the health sector in Sierra Leone.
Josceline Cluff, Operations Officer
My role is based in London and provides operational support to the three partnerships within the King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships – Sierra Leone, Somaliland, and DRC. Day to day responsibilities include financial reporting, HR and emergency planning.
Prior to joining KGHP I worked as a Programme Director for natural disaster response NGO All Hands and Hearts. My work involved overseeing the finances, staff team and assessments processes on a variety of international disaster relief projects- from rubble removal and demolition programmes to permanent school builds.
I have a BA (hons) in History from the University of Warwick, a Graduate Diploma in Law from The City Law School and am currently pursuing a part time Masters in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies from the School of Advanced Studies, The University of London.
Mr Andy Leather, Director of the King’s Centre for Global Health
Andy is the Director of the King’s Centre for Global Health. He was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 1996 and is also an honorary Senior Lecturer in Global Health at King’s College London. He has promoted global health activities across King’s for a number of years, starting the King’s College Hospital International Development Unit in 2006 and then co-leading King’s Health Partners global health initiatives with Professor Martin Prince, Professor Denise Lievesley and Professor Stephen Challacombe. In 2011, he became the founding director of the King’s Centre for Global Health which promotes collaboration in global health activities across KCL and the three NHS Partner Trusts of King’s Health Partners.
His interest in global health started in 1997 when, as a newly appointed consultant surgeon, he began to travel to Ethiopia to train health officers to undertake surgical procedures. He developed an interest in obstetric fistula surgery and then in 2000 started to develop a health partnership between King’s and a maternity hospital in post-conflict Somaliland. This work has developed into a broad health system strengthening programme with a focus on leadership and governance within the Somaliland health sector, institutional capacity building, and health worker teaching and training. Multiple Somaliland partners now work with an international consortium and are funded by the UK’s Department for International Development. King’s Health Partners now support the THET (Tropical Health and Education Trust) programme in Somaliland.
He teaches on the global health Student Selected Components (SSCs), Intercalated-BSc and Summer School on topics such as health systems strengthening, conflict and health and global surgery. He co-leads the Conflict & Health module and the Library Projects module for the i-BSc.
His research focus is on post-conflict health systems with an emphasis on health worker support and information communication technology in fragile states. He is also interested in research on the impact of health links between the UK and low income countries, conflict and health, and global surgical issues.
His capacity building work has now expanded beyond Somaliland and he oversees the King’s Health Partners work in Somaliland, Zambia and Sierra Leone.