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 – Will Potten
Will started his finance career in 2001 with a Japanese company in the City, studying at the same time. He gained a FCCA qualification in 2004 and continued to work in the private sector until 2010 when he left to volunteer as an accountant with three small NGOs in Ghana, doing financial training and capacity building work. He decided on a permanent move to the voluntary sector on his return to the UK and joined Health Poverty Action in 2011.
Currently on maternity leave:
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, and she also worked for Stephen Timms MP. Sarah has worked in South and South East Asia, she holds a BA (Hons) in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Global Politics from the University of London.
Head of Programmes – Africa – Nicole Tobin
Nicole joined Health Poverty Action in January 2009 from CARE UK where she was the acting Africa regional manager. Nicole has also worked on the donor side at USAID in Ghana, at a local NGO called Ghana Cooperatives Credit Unions Association, at the Canadian AIDS Society in Canada and at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). She is from Canada, and has lived and worked in Africa and the UK since 2001.