Our Team

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Katie Husselby, Coordinator

Katie joined Action for Global Health (AfGH) as Coordinator in April 2019. In this role, she is responsible for engaging with UK government and global health stakeholders, implementing AfGH's advocacy strategy, coordinating member activities and fundraising. 


In her former role, Katie was the Events and Advocacy Officer at the Coalition for Global Prosperity, where she focused on sustaining parliamentary support for DFID's work and international development more broadly.  


Katie has also previously worked with a number of grassroots organisations in Uganda, including the Uganda Landmine Survivors Association and M-LISADA Kampala. 


She studied English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford.  

AfGH Steering Committee

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Mike Podmore, STOPAIDS

As director of the network's hosting organisation, Mike has a permanent seat on the Steering Committee. 


Mike joined STOPAIDS as Director in July 2015. He partners with STOPAIDS Trustees in the delivery of their strategic plan. He represents STOPAIDS externally in the UK and internationally. 


He is Board Member for the Developed Country NGO Delegation on the board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; a steering committee member of Global Fund Advocates NetworkCivil Society Sustainability Network; and Stamp Out Poverty

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Lenio Capsaskis, Save the Children UK

Lenio works as a health advocacy adviser at Save the Children UK. In this role she leads on the team’s global work on Primary Health Care for Universal Health Coverage and works with several SCUK supported country offices on their health advocacy planning and implementation.


Previously, Lenio worked as a Global Policy Adviser at the Wellcome Trust and completed a fellowship at the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House (2017) on access to health care for refugees and migrants in Greece. She has also worked as the health programmes manager for a large Greek NGO (PRAKSIS) on the provision and improvement of health services for populations excluded from the formal health sector. Lenio has experience of working in sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on child health, particularly, immunisation in Sierra Leone (J-PAL) and advocating for increased support for innovative community based interventions to reduce childhood mortality with the Malaria Consortium in Mozambique and Uganda.


Lenio has an MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a BSc in Psychology from UCL.

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Rachael Hore, RESULTS UK

Rachael is the Tuberculosis Policy Advocacy Officer at RESULTS UK, focussing on pushing TB up the political agenda in the UK and globally. She previously worked at Médecins Sans Frontières Access Campaign, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in Geneva. Rachael read History at the University of Cambridge.

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Emma Mulhern, Sightsavers

Joining Sightsavers in early 2019, Emma Mulhern leads their policy work on health systems and universal health coverage. 


Emma has worked in international development for over eight years in a variety of roles and has experience in designing, managing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development projects and programmes with a range of international organisations. These include the United Nations, Irish Aid, NGOs and national institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. Emma has specific in-country experience in Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe – she worked with UNFPA in Zimbabwe, focusing on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and worked with Irish Aid in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak, supporting the international response, managing Irish Aid’s gender portfolio and leading development partners’ policy dialogue on gender nationally.


She has an LLM in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from the National University of Ireland and a MSc in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Rob Dawson, Meningitis Research Foundation

Rob joined in 2016 after seeing the great work the charity does to help people affected by meningitis and septicaemia.


He is a strategic communications director with a experience in health and science across industry, public sector and not-for-profits. While working for government, he was highlighted for excellence in strategy, team motivation and evaluation in an independent review of communications capability by the UK Government’s Cabinet Office. 

Chair of the STEM PR Association, Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) member, Communiqué Award judge and has guest lectured at Cambridge and Kent Universities.

Awards include: Third Sector Awards 2018, Communications Campaign of the Year for Meningitis Research Foundation’s adolescent vaccine campaign; Communiqué Awards 2007, Best Use of a Survey for GlaxoSmithKline’s HIV portfolio; Communiqué Awards 2005, Best Patient Campaign for a social marketing campaign for Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare Trust. 

He was editor of the NAM and aidsmap HIV Treatment Training Manual and creates content as a freelancer for a range of health platforms. His other passions are plants, theatre and flying trapeze.