Educated to Master’s level (BA Hons in International Relations and MPhil in Soviet and East European Studies), Fiona has almost 20 years of progressively senior management and project management experience, gained in the public, private and third sectors (the European Commission’s External Services, private sector consultancies specialising in development work and NGOs). This includes 18 months as Head of the EU Representation Office in Moldova and two and a half years as Secretary General / CEO of the European AIDS Treatment Group, a pan European NGO which defends and promotes the rights of People Living with HIV, whose activities focus on Europe as a whole as well as Russia and Ukraine. Her professional activities have been closely linked to programmes and projects in different regions of the world (predominantly the Former Soviet Union– mainly Russia, Ukraine Moldova and the South Caucasus – and Central and Eastern Europe, but also the Balkans, Asia and Sub Saharan Africa). She is fluent in 5 languages (English, German, French, Dutch and Russian).
Maia joined HealthProm in September 2011. She is an ACCA qualified accountant and holds a BSc in International Economic Relations and a Master’s in Finance and Banking.
She moved to the UK six years ago from Georgia and has worked in private as well as public sectors since then, including for the Haringey Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations and the Kurdish Human Rights Project.
Originally from Siberia, Tanya joined HealthProm in 2003. She spent her early career working in the field of education for a number of non-profit organisations in Krasnoyarsk, Russia and for Harrow Volunteer Centre in London. She loves London but misses Russian chocolate.
She has a bachelor’s degree in education and also works part-time at the South Hampstead and Kilburn Partnership where she offers support to Londoners in finding employment, including those from the Russian-speaking community.
Candice Sly, Programmes and Partnerships Manager
Candice joined HealthProm in 2009. Prior to this she held posts in both the media and non-profit sector. She has lived in both Moscow and Irkutsk, studying at Moscow State University and then working for an environmental NGO near Lake Baikal in Siberia.
She holds a BA in Russian Studies and and MA from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. She speaks Russian and is a trustee and coordinator of Look East Wild Earth, a UK based charity forging links between environmental initiatives in the UK and in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Our project managers
Stewart Britten manages safe motherhood projects in Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.
He has worked in transitional countries to reduce institutionalisation of at-risk babies and toddlers by introducing support for vulnerable parents to keep and care for their children using an attachment framework.
He was a consultant child psychiatrist in the UK and also trained as a child psychotherapist.
Rachel is a chartered physiotherapist and gained a masters from UCL in Community Disability Studies in 2001. She lived and worked in the east end of London before moving to Tajikistan in 2002 where she did research and set up and managed a number of different community based rehabilitation and development projects. In 2009 she returned to the UK and began to work with HealthProm. Now based in Glasgow she is particularly focused on Early Years projects and has recently become a Mellow Parenting practioner. Over the last couple of years she has been able to share her experience more widely and consulted for projects in Kyrgyzstan, Bulgaria and Moldova. Rachel enjoys walking and cycling in the Scottish countryside with her two active young boys and husband John.
Jonathan is a social worker registered in the UK. He has a background in managing community and hospital health and social services in the UK and developing countries. He worked as a Commissioning Manager for mental health and learning disabilities services in the UK until 2001. He now works as an independent consultant developing services internationally and in the UK. Jonathan’s interests are psychosocial support for individuals, families and communities recovering from violent conflict, deinstitutionalisation and support for vulnerable families in isolated rural areas. As a development worker and teacher, Jonathan aims to promote best practice with local professionals so they can support families where there are children with additional needs, and build health and social care capacities in developing countries. He has experience of project work and teaching in The Russian Federation, Tajikistan, The Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Sri Lanka and Kenya. In the UK, Jonathan teaches social workers at London Metropolitan University about community care, child protection and mental health. He provides independent opinions for tribunals about whether psychiatric patients should be formally detained in hospital. Jonathan is an expert witness advising the Court of Protection on the best interests of people who lack the capacity to make decisions.