Shelley Parry, KSLP Coordinator
As the London Coordinator of the partnership, I am responsible for communications, HR and coordinating our technical advisory groups among many other tasks! I’m also the primary point of contact for our staff and volunteers in Sierra Leone and am hugely motivated by the pride and enthusiasm which exudes from the entire team.
With a background in microbiology and health campaigning, I made the shift into the global health field through my MSc Global Health at Maastricht University. As part of this degree, I studied in Thailand, India and Malaysia, where I conducted my thesis research on heat stress and climate change. I’m now proud to work for the KSLP and to provide the support the team needs to continue their work in strengthening systems, working with a variety of partners across a wide range of programme areas.
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.
Molly Hrudka, Grants Officer
As the London-based Grants Officer, I am responsible for ensuring the sustainability of the three partnerships within the King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships – Sierra Leone, Somaliland, and DRC.
Before beginning my role as Grants Officer, I was the Coordinator for the Sierra Leone Partnership. Before joining King’s, I worked for IntraHealth International, an organization that works to empower health workers, and for the AIDS Support Organisation in Masaka, Uganda.
I was drawn to KSLP because of its Health Partnership approach. Having just completed my MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where I was encouraged to think critically about the lasting impacts of health and development work, KSLP’s focus on health system strengthening through co-development struck me as a sustainable and mutually-beneficial approach.
I am excited by the prospect of working to ensure the sustainability of the three partnerships in the King’s Centre for Global Health and Health Partnerships. My goal is to ensure that the team in Freetown is able to get on doing what it does best – working with local partners to build a strong and resilient health system in Sierra Leone.
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.