Our advisors

In addition to the board of trustees of the Network’s coordinator, the Margaret Pyke Trust, the Network also benefits from advice and assistance from the following advisors.

Andrew Mitchell MP
UK Member of Parliament and former Secretary of State for International Development

Mr. Mitchell is the Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield and the former Secretary of State for International Development. He has extensive experience in international development and was, with The Gates Foundation, instrumental in the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012. The summit was a ground-breaking effort to make affordable, lifesaving contraceptives, information, services and supplies available to an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries by 2020. Prior to his political career, he served in the Royal Tank Regiment and as a UN peacekeeper in Cyprus.

Karen Newman
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Consultant 

Ms. Newman worked for the International Planned Parenthood Federation between 1982 and 2003, focusing on policy and governance issues, with a special responsibility for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Since 2003 she has carried out a range of consultancy work and, between 2003 and 2010, was a member of the WHO Gender & Rights advisory panel, which she co-chaired from 2007. She is a long standing member of the Steering Committee of the UK Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Network.

William Ryerson, MPhil
President and Founder of Population Media Center

Mr. Ryerson has more than 40 years’ experience working in the field of reproductive health, including two decades of experience using entertainment-education as an effective form of behaviour change communications. He founded the Population Media Center (PMC) in 1998. PMC, a non-profit organisation striving to improve the health and well-being of people around the world through the use of TV and radio drama serials, has impacted people in more than 50 countries. Since 2008, he has also served as Chair and CEO of Population Institute in Washington, DC. He holds a Master of Philosophy in Biology from Yale University and a BA from Amherst College.

Dr. Sue Mann
Sexual & Reproductive Health Consultant

Dr. Mann is a Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Medical Expert in Reproductive Health at Public Health England. She has worked for many years in SRH in a global context in a clinical, academic and teaching capacity. In the last five years she has been working on a project aiming to improve the post-partum care for women and their babies in Kenya, Malawi, Burkina Faso and Mozambique.

Professor Sir Andrew Haines
Professor of Public Health and Primary Care at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Sir Andrew is the Professor of Public Health and Primary Care with a joint appointment in the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research and in the Department of Population Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is the former Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, having previously been Professor of Primary Health Care and Director of the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, Royal Free and University College Medical School. His research interests are in epidemiology and health services research focusing particularly on research in primary care and the study of environmental influences on health, including the potential effects of global environmental change.