Senior Management Team

Director – Martin Drewry

Martin has a long background in the voluntary sector, initially as an award-winning grass-roots community development worker in the UK, before moving to international development. After a few years as national secretary of World Action, a pioneering Methodist programme enabling young people and adults to take action for social justice, he spent the next decade as head of campaigns at Christian Aid. Here he played leading roles in Jubilee 2000, Drop the Debt, the Trade Justice Movement and was one of the coordinators of Make Poverty History. Martin’s academic grounding came from the Bradford University School of Peace Studies in the mid-eighties, an experience he valued. He became director of Health Poverty Action in April 2006.

Head of Fundraising – Mehmet Baylav

Mehmet joined Health Poverty Action in September 2012. After almost a decade spent raising funds for international development causes, Mehmet’s background is working with trusts and foundations, and individual supporters. Mehmet has a BSc in Management Studies from Royal Holloway University and an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has previously worked at War on Want and Save the Children. Mehmet has also previously worked for Health Poverty Action between 2005 and 2007, and we are delighted to have him back.

Head of Programmes – Africa (maternity post) – Dr Tadesse Kassaye Woldetsadik

Tadesse started at Health Poverty Action in June 2005. Tadesse, an Ethiopian medical practitioner, received his Masters in Public Health from the Universitae de Libre in 2002, and has worked with CARE International in Ethiopia as a senior health adviser and HIV/AIDS programme coordinator since early 2004. Prior to that, Tadesse held programme management posts with the Christian Children’s Fund (CCF), Ethiopia, after five years with the Ministry of Health.

Head of Programmes – Asia/Latin America – Mauricio Vazquez

Mauri joined Health Poverty Action in 2009. He previously worked in South America, where he oversaw a wide range of development projects, from working with homeless people in Buenos Aires to working with indigenous communities in rural areas.

Mauri is originally from Argentina. He has a background in economics and finance as well as international development and is fluent in Spanish and English.

Head of Finance and Administration – Simon Sheldon

Simon joined Health Poverty Action in May 2014. He trained as a Chartered Accountant in the city and has worked in charities straddling finance and institutional funding, including Oxfam, The Prince’s Trust, Christian Aid and, most recently, Homeless Link. His sports include cycling and kayaking, and he is aiming to do the Devizes Westminster race in Easter 2016.


Head of Policy & Campaigns – Sarah Edwards

Sarah joined Health Poverty Action in October 2009 from Jubilee Debt Campaign, where she was responsible for policy and campaigning. Her previous advocacy experience was with Anti-Slavery International, the Catholic Housing Aid Society, and student campaign group SPEAK. She also worked for Stephen Timms MP. Sarah has worked in South and South East Asia, holds a BA (Hons) in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University, and an MSc in Global Politics from the University of London.