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 – Abigail Betts
Abigail joined Health Poverty Action in November 2015. She previously spent six years working for Build Africa, another international development NGO. Whilst there she developed her skills in major gifts fundraising, with a focus on managing relationships with philanthropic individuals as well as companies and trusts. Abigail has a BA in History and an MA specialising in the history of race from the University of Warwick.
Head of Policy & Campaigns – Natalie Sharples
Natalie joined Health Poverty Action in 2013. Prior to this she worked in a variety of roles in policy, advocacy and public campaigning on issues including global justice, peace-building, migrant rights, age and gender. Natalie has a BA in anthropology and gender studies from the University of Hull.
Head of Programmes – Africa – 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 – Hardeep Singh
Hardeep started at Health Poverty Action in March 2016. He has broad ranging experience in finance, and has even worked with the European Commission, the UN, and the World Bank undertaking audits, and providing consultancy services. For the past four years he has worked with several different NGOs, improving and developing their financial systems.
Hardeep has travelled widely through Africa, Asia and South America, and says one highlight was volunteering for a month at a community eco-lodge in the Amazon.