Who we are

Staff

Tanya Buynovskaya

Director of Operations

Originally from Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Tanya joined HealthProm in 2003. She spent her early career working in education and educational policy for a number of non-profit organisations in Krasnoyarsk, as well as for the Harrow Volunteer Centre in London.  Before joining HealthProm, she worked for the South Hampstead and Kilburn Partnership where she offered support to Londoners seeking employment.  She holds a BA in Education.  


Lauren Foster Mustardé

Senior Programme Development Adviser

Lauren joined HealthProm in 2015.  She is a public health professional specialising in maternal health, and has nearly 15 years of experience working in international development in varied settings including academia, NGOs and the donor sector.  She has worked as a Research Fellow in maternal health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), as a Programme Manager supporting reproductive health services in South Asia and the Middle East with Marie Stopes International, and as a Science Portfolio Adviser at the Wellcome Trust, managing a diverse portfolio of population and public health grants.  Lauren holds an MSc in Reproductive & Sexual Health Research from the LSHTM and an MA in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University.   


Tatiana Hutton

Programme and M&E Officer

Tatiana joined HealthProm in 2016.  She holds an MSc in Public Health and Health Services Research from Newcastle University and a BA in Teaching from the Kiev Linguistic University. She started her career at the United Nations Office in Ukraine working as a Programme Assistant with their HIV/AIDS prevention programme (UNAIDS). Since then she has worked in the charity and business sectors in various roles including data analysis, project management and business development in both Ukraine and Russia. Her most recent role was as an Administrator at the Lifeline Harm Reduction Project, providing programme and operational support to various activities aimed at preventing drug-related harm in substance users. Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, she is a native speaker of Ukrainian and Russian.  


Liz Kuda 

Projects and Fundraising Assistant

Liz joined HealthProm in 2016.  She completed a BSc in International Politics from City University London in 2015.  She has since volunteered at a children’s charity in Islington and worked as an Activities Leader and Residential Supervisor for an international college.  Originally from Latvia, she is also a Russian speaker.  


Natalia Sorokina

Finance and Admin Officer

Originally from Russia, Natalia joined HealthProm in 2015.  She is trained in Accounting, Payroll and Applied Bookkeeping.  She has experience working in the charity and healthcare sectors, including two large NHS hospitals in London.  She is currently pursuing an advanced Accounting qualification.     

 


Stewart Britten

Afghanistan Project Adviser

Stewart is the adviser for our project in Afghanistan.  A child Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist by training, he has extensive experience in Uzbekistan, Russia and Afghanistan working to improve maternal and child health and reduce institutionalisation of at-risk infants and young children.   


 

Jane Ebel

Moldova Project Manager

Jane holds an MA in Russian language and literature and an MPhil in Social Work Education in Russia.  She began her career in Moscow in the mid-80s, selling computers to a variety of sectors.  She soon moved into the voluntary sector, working as a Project Manager for HealthProm’s Child Mental Health Project from 2002 – 2004, and subsequently as a Project Manager for several other small projects.  As a consultant with DfID and the George Soros/Open Society Foundation, she developed projects in Russia on the prevention of HIV/AIDS, police support for drug users and adult mental health. More recent work has taken her to Moldova, Georgia and Tajikistan, providing training in therapeutic interactive music making for vulnerable children and adults.    


  

Armorer Wason

Ukraine Project Manager

Armorer draws on many years’ experience of living and working in the former Soviet Union, initially as a translator, and subsequently as both a documentary film maker for British TV channels and also as a Project Manager of advocacy and ‘communication/media for development’ projects. Parallel to this Armorer has a background in social work in the UK, with a particular focus on children’s issues and advocacy.  She has worked with parents of children with autism in the UK to campaign for better education services, locally and nationally, and to develop a mechanism to improve communication between parents of children with disabilities and professionals. Armorer also has broad experience of building journalism and ‘media for development’ capacity in Africa and Asia, through the Panos Network.    


Jonathan Watkins

Tajikistan Project Manager

Jonathan is a registered Social Worker in the UK. He works internationally for HealthProm to support families, communities, governments and professionals to improve opportunities for children with additional needs. He is also a consultant for UNICEF, working to strengthen international child protection practice. In the UK, Jonathan provides professional training to social workers and is also an independent expert witness in the courts system.  Jonathan holds a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work, an MA in Applied Social Studies from Brunel University, and an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).  

 

Consultants

Dr Glenn Laverack

Dr. Laverack is a leader in public health and empowerment and has a distinguished career of more than 30 years working in Central Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and the Pacific regions. He formerly worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Southgate Institute, Flinders University, Australia and as a Technical Officer with the Health Promotion Unit at WHO, Geneva. He is presently an Honorary Professor in health promotion at the University of Southern Denmark. He has a wide range of publications regarding health promotion in international settings including books in English, Portuguese, Russian and German. His Ph.D. investigated the accommodation of community empowerment within top-down public health programming. 

 

Trustees

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 UK Department for International Development (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 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. 


 

Gordon Alexander

An independent Consultant on social and health policy, Gordon recently retired as Director of UNICEF’s Global Office of Research based in Florence, Italy.  He has spent much of his career working on development policy and programmes for children in a number of regions around the world. Between 2001-2010, he was Senior Adviser for Economic and Social Policy and Acting Deputy Regional Director at the UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.  Prior to that, he was based in India where he led the work of UNAIDS as a Senior Country Programme Adviser, and also served as Deputy Director of Programmes for the UNICEF Country Office.  There he was responsible for programmes in child and maternal health, nutrition, early child development and education.  He has held additional posts with UNICEF in Afghanistan, the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen, East and South Asia.  He studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University and holds a Master’s degree in Community Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He also undertook doctoral studies in international economics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland. 


Tina Bajec

Tina is currently the Head of Fundraising for a health charity called the Lullaby Trust.  After completing her Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), she worked for numerous charities, most recently UNICEF where she lead on Individual Giving and the British Heart Foundation where she was the Senior Fundraising Marketing and Development Manager. Her expertise lies in developing individual giving programs, campaigns and community fundraising. Originally from Slovenia, she grew up in the Middle East and is very interested in development issues in Eastern Europe and Asia. She supports many development charities, and is very passionate about human rights. She is extremely excited to have joined the HealthProm team and is looking forward to helping them grow and deliver their mission.


Olga Johnson

Olga spent 10 years in commercial Human Resources before establishing one of the first specialist recruitment agencies offering services to the charity sector.  She subsequently ran this for 20 years, becoming one of the most highly regarded head-hunters in the field.   She specialised in board level roles and set up one of the first salary surveys in the sector. In 1995, together with the HR Directors of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and MENCAP, she started the HR Forum – a membership organisation for charities that is now managed by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Olga served as Trustee of Sightsavers from 2001-2009 as well as the Institute of Fundraising from 2003-2009. She chaired the Nominations Committee for the disability charity Scope from 2007 to 2011, working closely with the Chair and CEO to undertake skills audits of the Board and recruit new Trustees. In addition to HealthProm, Olga is also currently a Trustee of the charity SPANA, as well as Chair of the Nourish Community foodbank.


 

Dr Joseph Long

Joe has a professional background in academic research and university teaching, having previously worked as a social care practitioner and manager. He is currently Research Manager for Scottish Autism where he is leading a number of collaborative projects focused on improving support practice. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen and Associate Editor of the journal Good Autism Practice. A social anthropologist by discipline, Joe has a longstanding interest in Russia and Inner Asia. He spent several years undertaking field research in Southern Siberia, working mainly within indigenous Buryat communities. He studied at Hull, Cambridge, and Indiana before earning his PhD from the University of Aberdeen in 2010. He was subsequently a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany and has taught at the Universities of Tuebingen and Halle-Wittenburg.


Elena Nikolaeva

Elena has over ten years of work experience in financial services and investment management. Originally from Russia, she ventured overseas – first to Cyprus and then to Great Britain – to pursue her studies and professional career. She started her career in the Banking and Capital Markets Group at PwC and then moved into equity research and investment management roles at JP Morgan, T Rowe Price and Boyer Allan Investment Management. Her work took her on many investment trips to Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and other neighbouring countries where she developed significant knowledge of the region.  She is a qualified accountant and a CFA charter holder. She holds a Masters in Finance with distinction from London Business School. At present, she splits her time between London and Zurich working on a new investment business venture at a large private bank. She is interested in development economics and, in particular, the importance of robust social structures and institutions that give equal access to economic resources for long-term growth and prosperity in emerging countries.


 

Robert Scallon

Robert studied at Oxford University and worked for Barclays Bank between 1967 and 1997.  As export Finance Director with Barclays he traveled extensively through Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  He also served as treasurer of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce for eight years.  He has been a Trustee of HealthProm since 2005, and is also currently a Trustee of the BEARR Trust and FaRiG (Friends of Academic Research in Georgia).


Ismayil Tahmazov

Ismayil joined HealthProm in 2014. He currently serves at Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) overseeing the organisation’s programmes in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Prior to that he co-founded The Humanitarian Forum and Muslim Charities Forum and led IRW’s advocacy campaigns. He has also coordinated IRW’s programmes in Eastern Europe as well as the organisation’s response to the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Before moving to IRW he served in the Caucasus region holding senior roles with a number of international development agencies such as the International Rescue Committee, CHF International and Oxfam.  


Tim Unmack

Tim studied Law at Oxford. After qualifying as a solicitor he spent most of his professional life as a partner in the law firm of Beaumont & Son.  From 1975 to 1982 he was one of the Foundation Managers of The Royal Philanthropic Society and latterly its Chairman. He is a member of the Royal Society of Asian Affairs and Fellow of The Royal Aeronautical Society. He is interested in the Former Soviet Union and speaks Russian.  


 

Olena Vinareva

Olena joined HealthProm as a Trustee in 2017.  She currently works in health policy research, managing a portfolio of projects supported by the UK Department of Health. She has extensive experience in international development, human rights and education and previously worked at the Open Society Foundations. There she managed a portfolio of projects aimed at strengthening universities and NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, the Caucasus, USA and the Middle East. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from Kiev National Linguistic University and an MA in Social Justice and Education from the Institute of Education, University College London.