Simon Ray (Chair)
After studies at Oxford and teaching in Ghana and the UK, Simon has spent a career working in international development. He has directed DFID programmes in Africa and Eastern Europe, working with governments, civil society, multilateral institutions and other donors. Over the years, he has helped to develop systems for improved project design, management and assessment and led in the launch of the UK Government’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative in 2003. Simon has worked in the European Commission in Brussels and was, most recently, on the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, an international financial institution that supports projects from central Europe to central Asia. He supports the interests of his local community, is a continuing student of Russian and looks forward to contributing to HealthProm’s important mission.
Alison trained as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte & Touche in London working with a broad range of clients. After qualifying she joined Coopers & Lybrand in Russia, initially in Audit with a focus on shipping clients and then in the Finance & Systems Group of Consulting Services. Her work required extensive travel throughout Russia and the CIS working with both local and international clients. As head of the Finance & Systems Group, Alison started her focus on turnaround activities helping Consulting Services achieve a profit for the first time in the CIS. After leaving practice Alison continued her focus on turnaround activities working as CFO in a real estate company based in Moscow and then as Finance and Sales Director for a telecoms company in Kazakhstan. Both organisations required extensive change management programmes which she successfully delivered.
After completing a round the world trip, Alison joined Siemens in Belgium as Director of Business Administration for the telecoms export division which delivered projects throughout the sub-saharan region of Africa. Her change management expertise and international experience then helped secure a role with Travelex in the UK as Finance Director for Europe, Middle East, India and Russia delivering the successful turnaround of that region. Since leaving Travelex Alison has been on a career break working with HealthProm before going on to study on the Sloan Fellowship Programme at London Business School. In November 2010 Alison was invited to join the Board of HealthProm and has taken on the role of Vice Chair. Outside the work environment, Alison has a keen interest in travel, adventure activities and running, recently completing the Florence marathon.
Olga became a trustee in 2010. She is Managing Director of Harris Hill Executive Search, which provides human resource services to the UK’s charity and non-profit sectors. Trained at the London School of Economics, she specialises in executive searches, salary benchmarking and governance at board level.
She is an acknowledged expert on the not for profit sector and frequent spokesperson to the press.
Stewart Britten invited me to join HealthProm as a Trustee probably in 1995 when I was the Director of Rolls-Royce resposible for the development of their East European Markets, on the basis of my long experience with Eastern Europe and Russia and my many contacts in those countries. My contributions have been primarily in fund raising, in finding senior staff and in connection with governance and finance issues. I accepted his invitation because of my interest in and affection for the countries concerned, my understanding of the many health problems and in particular the problems of orphanages and my concerns over the problems of managing the transition from the communist regimes to free market conditions which led to the immediate collapse of the old safety nets for the populations.
Robert studied at Oxford University and worked for Barclays Bank between 1967 and 1997. As export Finance Director with Barclays he travelled extensively through Eastern Europe and Central Asia .
He was treasurer of the Russo British Chamber for eight years.
Professor J Patrick Vaughan, CBE
J Patrick Vaughan became a trustee for HealthProm in 2013. He graduated in medicine from Guy’s Hospital Medical School, London, and is presently Professor Emeritus in Epidemiology and Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has had an extensive career in international health and been an honorary consultant in public health to the National Health Service (NHS) in London, as well as being an adviser in the UK Cabinet Office, Downing Street, to the World Health Organisation, Geneva, and the World Bank, Washington. He has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea, Tanzania and Bangladesh, as well as in Switzerland and the USA. He has been a trustee with the BBC World Service Trust and several other charitable organizations.
Caroline joined the trustees in 2012. She works in the NHS, currently as Associate Director for Strategic Planning and Information at Central North West Foundation Trust. She has worked in senior management and commissioning roles in the NHS, with a focus on mental health, primary care and third sector collaboration.
Previous to joining the NHS in 1999, she was Director of VSO’s programme in Russia for two and a half years, during which time she worked with DfID, VSO colleagues and Russian partners to refocus the programme around health and social care. Her career has been in the third sector and in health services, working in the UK and overseas.
Her specialism is managing people and projects in new and challenging situations.