Ben Simms



Ben joined THET in June 2015. He brings 25 years’ experience of working internationally, with a focus on health and disability in particular, most recently as Director of STOPAIDS, the network of 80 UK agencies working to secure an effective global response to HIV and AIDS. Ben has worked extensively across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, building a strong track-record in advocacy, fundraising, organisational leadership and programme innovation for organisations such as Sense International and Sue Ryder. He has led an active voluntary life in the UK throughout this time, serving as a councillor and acting as a trustee of several charities. Ben has an MSc in Development Management from the Open University and an MA in History from Edinburgh University.

At THET, Ben leads an organisation that is pioneering a health partnership approach to the training of health workers across 30 countries in Africa and Asia. Health partnerships harness the skills of staff from the UK National Health Service in ways which bring mutual benefit to all involved, a vision of co-development that speaks to the new era of the Sustainable Development Goals. He currently serves on the Steering Group of the Uganda-UK Health Alliance and the Programme Advisory Boards for the Health Education England Improving Global Health Through Leadership Development programme, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.