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

Andrew Mitchell is the Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield and the former Secretary of State for International Development. Mr Mitchell 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, Mr Mitchell served in the Royal Tank Regiment and as a UN peacekeeper in Cyprus.

Karen Newman
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Consultant 

Karen 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 Karen has carried out a range of consultancy work and, between 2003 and 2010, Karen was a member of the WHO Gender & Rights advisory panel, which she co-chaired from 2007. Karen 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. Mr. Ryerson 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, Mr. Ryerson has also served as Chair and CEO of Population Institute in Washington, DC. Mr. Ryerson holds a Master of Philosophy in Biology from Yale University and a BA from Amherst College.

Dr. Sue Mann
Sexual & Reproductive Health Consultant

Sue 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
Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Sir Andrew 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.

Aubrey Manning OBE
Distinguished zoologist and broadcaster, retired Chair of Natural History, Edinburgh University

Aubrey Manning, President Emeritus of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts, is well known for his television series including BBC Two’s Earth Story and Talking Landscapes. Aubrey Manning is also a specialist in animal behaviour, and his book, An Introduction to Animal Behaviour (Cambridge University Press), is a classic in its fifth edition. He has had a life-long concern for the natural world and how to re-establish a sustainable balance with its human population.

Sir Crispin Tickell

Sir Crispin Tickell has spent a distinguished career in the Diplomatic Service and was the British Permanent Secretary to the United Nations (1987-1990). Sir Crispin became Warden of Green College Oxford (1990-1997) and Chancellor of the University of Kent (1996-2006). He has contributed to a number publications on environment, climate and other related topics, including policy papers on population issues.

Daisy Owomugasho
African Women’s Economic Policy Network, Uganda

Prior to joining the Hunger Project in Uganda, Dr. Owomugasho was a lecturer at Makerere University in Kampala. She has also held the position of Executive Director at the African Women’s Economic Policy Network, a pan-African, faith-based organisation that seeks to strengthen the capacity of women to influence economic policies. She has also worked as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and African Development Bank. Dr. Owomugasho earned her PhD in Economics from Makerere University in Uganda in 2014. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and a B.A. Degree in Economics and Rural Economy from Makerere University.

Ndola Prata
Public health physician and Medical Demographer, University of California, Berkeley

Dr. Prata is based in Berkeley, California, where she is the holder of the Fred H. Bixby Endowed Chair in Population and Family Planning and Professor in Residence, Maternal and Child Health. Originally from Angola, Dr. Prata began her career as a practicing physician and was Head of the Social Statistics Department at the National Institute of Statistics in Luanda. She has worked on family planning and reproductive health interventions and other health projects in Angola, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Paraguay, Mexico, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Afghanistan.