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 the voluntary sector in London after moving to the UK. Since 2008, she has been leading HealthProm’s child disability and inclusive education programmes in Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Belarus and managing a number of EC-funded projects in these countries. Since 2014, Tanya has been working with Russian NGO Tsentr Sotrunichestvo in Krasnoyarsk to develop and implement a number of inclusive education projects in Siberia. She previously led HealthProm’s project 'Siberian Initiative for Inclusion' supported by the European Commission and the British & Foreign School Society. Tanya became HealthProm’s Director of Operations in April 2015. She holds a BA in Education.
Svetlana joined our team in May 2020. Between 2008 and 2016 she worked as an event manager at Boehringer Ingelheim, a major international pharmaceutical company. During her time with the company, it introduced several key drugs, which Svetlana launched successfully as leading products in the Russian market. After moving to London, Svetlana studied International Health Management at Imperial College Business School and graduated with a Master's (her second). After completing this programme, Svetlana joined the HeathProm team as a volunteer and was responsible for a project that aimed to support migrant women from Eastern Europe and Central Asia living in London. Now she is a member of our staff and helps with several projects as Project Assistant.
Originally from Kyrgyzstan, Chinara joined HealthProm in 2019. Since 2007, she has been working in a finance capacity within the commercial sector. She has held previous positions at the accountancy firm M J Bushell and Co, Darco Consulting and 4 Degrees C as an Accountant Supervisor. She holds a BA in Finance and Banking and Russian Language and Literature, and is currently pursuing further accounting qualifications.
Fundraising and Communications Officer
Lizzie is a junior Fundraising and Communications Officer who has been working with HealthProm since October 2020. She first began working for the company in a voluntary capacity as an assistant on the UK based OpenDoors project, and in July joined the team in this new fundraising role. Lizzie holds a BA in Politics and East European Studies from University College London and is a committed Russian language learner.
Dr 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.
Ahmed Masood Amer
Afghan Project Manager
Ahmed joined HealthProm in 2019. He is a programme management specialist with over eighteen years of experience managing and implementing development and humanitarian assistance projects in Afghanistan. From 2005 to 2016, he served as a programme specialist with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan, where he was in charge of UNDP’s programme for support to democratic governance and peace building. He has extensive expertise in project financial management and reporting, as well as project planning, governance, monitoring and evaluation and risk management. An Afghan national, he holds a Master's degree in International Business Law from the University of Liverpool and a second Master's in Project Management from Preston University.
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).
Lauren Foster Mustardé
Senior Programme Development Adviser
Lauren joined HealthProm in 2015. She is a public health professional specialising in maternal health, and has over 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. In addition to working with HealthProm, she is also currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Imperial College London where she helps to deliver their Global Master of Public Health course. Lauren holds an MSc in Reproductive & Sexual Health Research from the LSHTM and an MA in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University.
Senior Finance Adviser
Maia joined HealthProm in 2011. Originally from Georgia, she has worked in a finance capacity in both the charity and commercial sectors. She has 10 years of experience in the NGO sector specifically, including in international development. She has held previous senior positions at the Democratic Progress Institute, the Haringey Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations and the St. Mark's Hospital Foundation. She is a fully qualified member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Civil Society Advocacy Advisor
Armorer works to promote development and social change through communications, media and advocacy initiatives. She has a particular interest and expertise in promoting a better start for children and to prevent – and ultimately end - the institutionalisation of children aged 0-3. She leads HealthProm’s work to put parent-led civil society organisations at the centre of efforts to introduce Early Intervention and a social model of disability. She draws on her experience in the UK, supporting parents of children with autism to campaign for better services; in the former Soviet Union, as a documentary film-maker, and in developing countries, designing and implementing projects to strengthen the capacity of journalists to report on social issues and enable poor and marginalised people to have a voice on the issues that affect them. Armorer leads our work with parent organisations in Ukraine and made our film "The Road Home". She is a Russian speaker and has an MSc in Social Work and Social Policy.
Consultant Occupational Therapist
Lesley is an HPC (Health Professions Council) registered Occupational Therapist with over 30 years experience in Scotland, UK. Her passion is supporting children and families in special needs social care with a focus on Autism and Sensory issues. She has a wealth of experience creating and delivering bespoke training for families and staff to support children to realise their potential. Lesley has produced several booklets for families and carers of children with disabilities on sensory issues and practical life skills. These booklets have been nationally and internationally recognised. She also developed an award-winning environmental app to support children with physical or learning disabilities. In recent years she has supported Healthprom as an Occupational Therapy consultant for staff, carers and families in Tajikistan and Georgia. She has also supported international study tours to allow partners to benefit from a Scottish model of developing and delivering services for children and their families.