Prof Richard Carter, takes over as Chairman in 2017

Prof Richard Carter, takes over as Chairman in 2017


Africa AHEAD’ s Main Governing Board of Trustees is based in the United KingdomCHAIRMAN (2017 – Present)

 FOUNDING TRUSTEE: Richard Carter has worked for more than 40 years on the natural science, social science and engineering of water development and management, focusing on sub-Saharan Africa.   He is a geologist, with an MSc in irrigation and water resources engineering, and a PhD in water policy and management related to semi-arid west Africa.  He joined Cranfield University at Silsoe in 1981 and was appointed Professor of International Water Development at Cranfield University in 2002, with  numerous publications.   From 2009-12, he was  Head of Technical Support at WaterAid and is now Director of Richard Carter & Associates Ltd, a company for  rural development in low-income developing countries.

TRUSTEE – UK (2017 – present).

Michael Mills, Trustee & Secretary to the Board, since 2016

Michael Mills, Trustee & Secretary to the Board, since 2017

Michael Mills, Trustee & Secretary to the Board  since 2017

Michael Mills is an investment professional with many years experience of emerging markets.  He established the renewable energy business at ResponsaAbility Investments AG, a development sector fund manager headquartered in Zurich and is now  senior advisor to ResponsAbility, based in London.  He previously worked for African Infrastructure Investment Managers,  and before that ran Lloyds Bank’s renewable energy business for Europe, in the Netherlands and London.

CHAIRMAN: Professor Sandy Cairncross. OBE, MA, PhD, FRSA, MCIWEM, MICE

Trustee & Founding Chairman (2013-2017): Professor Sandy Cairncross. (OBE), London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine

TRUSTEE & FOUNDING CHAIRMAN (2013 – 2017):  Sandy Cairncross OBE  is Professor of Environmental Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with over  175 published papers to his name. He   is a leading authority in the Public Health sector, and was awarded  the OBE in 2012, as well as an AMCOW Award for his contribution to the Water and Sanitation Sector in Africa. He is co-editor of Tropical Medicine & International Health, and was Technical Director of  WELL, as well as Director of the TARGETS Research Programme  Consortium. From 2009, he was Deputy Director of  SNOWS Consortium for research capacity building in Africa and currently since 2010 is  Research Director, SHARE Research Programme Consortium on sanitation and hygiene.

Barbara Evans, Trustee UK

Barbara Evans, Africa AHEAD Trustee UK

FOUNDING TRUSTEE (2014- present): 

Prof. Barbara Evans is Professor of Public Health Engineering at the University of Leeds and co-director of the Leeds Centre for Global Development. She is also Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board of the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program on Water Supply and Sanitation. Barbara has worked in WASH and development for 30 years, both as an academic and formerly as a senior water and sanitation specialist at the World Bank-WSP.  She has worked extensively in South Asia and Africa and has provided advisory support to a wide range of governments, and implementation partners in the global south including the World Bank, UNICEF, WHO, Global Sanitation Fund, WaterAid, Global Partnership for Output-based Aid and DFID.


TRUSTEE: Oliver Cumming, Assistant Professor, London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine

TRUSTEE (2016 – present):  

Oliver Cumming is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). His current research focuses on the epidemiology of water, sanitation and hygiene in low-income settings, and he is currently working on trials to assess the impact of WASH interventions on childhood enteric infection, undernutrition and oral vaccine failure in Africa and South Asia. He has advised governments and international agencies on policy issues relating to water and sanitation and public health and has published a number of scientific articles in this field.


TRUSTEE: Kevin Laue, Human Rights Lawyer , REDRESS

TRUSTEE – UK (2016 – present) 

Kevin Laue is a South African born lawyer who practiced in Zimbabwe for twenty years before moving to the UK. He is  now semi-retired and is  working  part time  for REDRESS, an international human rights organisation based in London which helps torture survivors. He was a Founder Trustee of Zimbabwe AHEAD, which he helped to from in 2002. He brings a deep knowledge and commitment to Africa, particularly Zimbabwe.


TRUSTEE: Janette Hetherton, Development Consultant

CHAIRPERSON ZIMBABWE AHEAD (since 2016) UK Trustee since 2014, Janette Hetherton has worked in development programmes in Zimbabwe for the past 20 years, as a consultant on administration and management. She has know Zim AHEAD since 2000 when she was Country Representative for New Zealand Aid and was  instrumental in supporting Community Health Clubs projects particularly the construction of a Community Centre for local produce for a flag ship programme in Makoni District where Community Health Clubs were originally started in 1994. She still lives in Zimbabwe and advises on administration of Zim AHEAD


Dr. Jaap Kuiper, Advisor Zimbabwe

ADVISOR: Dr. Jaap Kuiper, Zimbabwe

ADVISER – ZIMBABWE : (since 2015)

Dr. Jaap Kuiper has worked in Africa for over 30 years in the field of education. He has a B.Sc., M.Sc., PGDE and PhD from the Free University Amsterdam. He has worked as lecturer, researcher, professor and Dean of Education, as well as  the Iscor-Billiton Chair for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (South Africa). At present he is a consultant, and has worked in Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.  He had a strong interest in community development, and is still based in Zimbabwe.


Zachery Bigirimana, Regional Represenative Africa AHEAD - Rwanda

Zachery Bigirimana, Regional Representative, Uganda

ADVISER: Zachery Bigirimana, M.Sc. is a retired Dean of the Faculty of Community Health Development at College of Medicine & Health Sciences (former Kigali Health Institute), University of Rwanda where he assisted in the formulation of KHI Strategic Plan 2004-2008. As a consultant for WHO, he assisted in the formulation of the National Environmental Health Policy and  a 5 years Strategic  Plan for Ministry of Health in 2006.  He was a Country Representative for African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) in Rwanda for three years.and then was seconded as Technical Advisor to the Environmental Health Desk of Ministry of Health Rwanda by WSP / World Bank for the start up of the CBEHPP in Rwanda. He is now based in Southern Uganda.

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