Board of Directors

The Board has ultimate responsibility for developing our strategic direction and maintaining our vision, purpose, mission and values. They have extensive expertise in evidence-based medicine, global public health, digital health, law, and social enterprise.

  • Dorcas Gwata

    Chair
    Dorcas is a Clinical Mental Health Nurse Specialist, originally from Zimbabwe. She has worked widely in the UK's NHS...

    Dorcas Gwata

    Chair

    Dorcas is a Clinical Mental Health Nurse Specialist, originally from Zimbabwe. She has worked widely in the UK’s NHS, and across Africa and Asia. She currently works as the Head of Global Programmes at the Florence Nightingale Foundation and is also a member of the Said Business School Women in Leadership programme at the University of Oxford . As a passionate global health practitioner, Dorcas serves as the Co-Chair of Better Health, a network of African Diaspora Health Professionals in the UK, as a Policy Advisor at the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine, as a THET Advisor on mental health and safeguarding, as the Patron of Students for Global Health, and she has worked on the Mayor of London’s Public Health Group. In 2019 she was awarded a grant through the Mary Seacole awards scheme for her work for the integrated gangs unit at Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust, whose project focused on improving mental health interventions for adolescents from African and Middle Eastern backgrounds affected by gang culture. Dorcas is also driven by the connections between global health and climate change, which has led her to take up the role of trustee with WWF-UK.

  • Dr Matthew Harris

    Vice-Chair
    Matthew is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health, in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College...

    Dr Matthew Harris

    Vice-Chair

    Matthew is a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health, in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, and he is an Honorary Consultant in Public Health Medicine in the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.  Matthew’s research spans global health, innovation diffusion and primary care and health services research. Through his work on Reverse Innovation, he has served as an Expert Witness at the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health and he has been recognised through the award of a US Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellowship. Prior to joining Imperial College London, Matthew worked for several years as a Primary Care physician in Brazil, a WHO Polio Consultant in Ethiopia, an HIV Technical Consultant in Mozambique and a Global Health Advisor to the UK Department of Health.

  • Dr Mamsallah Faal-Omisore

    Clinical Director
    Mamsallah is a practising GP/Family physician. With an MSc in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene...

    Dr Mamsallah Faal-Omisore

    Clinical Director

    Mamsallah is a practising GP/Family physician. With an MSc in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Mamsallah is also a seasoned health policy consultant and is currently based between the UK and Nigeria. She began work as a GP in inner city London, before moving to South Africa to work in operational research at the interface of HIV and primary care, subsequently working as a Clinical Lecturer in Family Medicine at Wits University. Most recently Mamsallah has worked in clinical practice in Lagos alongside a role as Faculty at the Healthcare Leadership Academy: HLA Africa.  Mamsallah has worked with PCI since 2017, supporting a number of different partners and projects, and since 2020 has overseen all the clinical side to our work, as Clinical Director. In particular she has been leading our Clinical Associates on the development of material for our PCI Academy, ensuring that healthworkers get accurate, up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills to manage a range of NCDs and broader primary care issues.

  • Bill Mather

    Non-Executive Director
    Bill is an internationally recognised expert on system transformation towards improving the machinery of governments, modernising public services, building public...

    Bill Mather

    Non-Executive Director

    Bill is an internationally recognised expert on system transformation towards improving the machinery of governments, modernising public services, building public trust and increasing social cohesion. He has 20 years’ experience as an international consultant designing, establishing and reforming public service systems and operations in Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe, and 17 years’ experience as Chief Executive of social enterprises. He is an authority on governance, leadership, project and programme management, not-for-profit commercial capabilities, and high performance organisational cultures. His professional training is in systems analysis and finance and he has a MA in the social effects of globalisation. Bill is the author of the ‘Navigating Leadership Guide Series’ which provides the change theories, models and tools he has developed for ‘cause’ leaders.

  • Mukhtiar Singh

    Non-Executive Director
    Mukhtiar is a practising barrister at a leading civil liberties set of chambers and is ranked in Chambers and Partners...

    Mukhtiar Singh

    Non-Executive Director

    Mukhtiar is a practising barrister at a leading civil liberties set of chambers and is ranked in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500. He practises in employment and commercial law, with a particular interest in whistleblowing in regulated sectors, discrimination and business ethics. He is a member of a leading whistleblowing charity’s legal support network advising on complex cases and policy. From a working-class background and a son of economic immigrants, he is a Bar Council Social Mobility Advocate and set up the Guru Nanak Social Mobility scholarships, which provide mentoring and funding to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds seeking careers in professions perceived to be out of reach. Prior to being called to the Bar in 2011, Mukhtiar worked in the public sector for over 20 years, throughout which he had a particular interest in race and community relations.

  • Dr Shubhanan Upadhyay

    Non-Executive Director
    Shubs is a GP with extensive experience bringing clinical perspectives to digital health. He is Director of Medical Quality at...

    Dr Shubhanan Upadhyay

    Non-Executive Director

    Shubs is a GP with extensive experience bringing clinical perspectives to digital health. He is Director of Medical Quality at Ada Health, and is also co-chair of the Clinical Evaluation Working Group at the ITU/WHO focus group AI for health. He also co-created Docolabs to connect healthcare professional input to shape digital health SME solutions. He is passionate about advocating for solving real problems in healthcare and ensuring that digital health startups work to help close health inequality gaps. Shubs has also worked in LMIC settings and holds a diploma in tropical medicine and hygiene from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

  • Martha Paren

    Non-Executive Director
    Martha is a social sector consultant, providing strategic and capacity building support focused on innovative ways to scale and sustain...

    Martha Paren

    Non-Executive Director

    Martha is a social sector consultant, providing strategic and capacity building support focused on innovative ways to scale and sustain social impact. She co-led the UK office of Spring Impact, a non-profit consultancy focused on scaling social impact, for seven years, where she led Spring Impact’s health practice and worked with organisations in the UK and internationally including MSI Reproductive Choices, Health Foundation and VillageReach. Prior to Spring Impact she worked at Public Zone, the pro-social division of digital agency Zone, working with clients including Prostate Cancer UK, Macmillan Cancer Support and Diabetes UK. She has an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and London School of Economics.

  • Dr Mayur Vibhuti

    Non-Executive Director
    Mayur is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners with a varied experience of medical education, innovation, and...

    Dr Mayur Vibhuti

    Non-Executive Director

    Mayur is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners with a varied experience of medical education, innovation, and transformation roles in primary care.

    He is currently a GP Trainer and Health Education England GP Associate Dean for Kent & Medway Integrated Care System (ICS), GP Clinical Lead for Digital at Kent & Medway ICS, NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow & a Visiting Reader in Medical Leadership at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent.

    He has run innovative large scale training programmes for GPs & Multi-professionals working in primary care and has lived and worked abroad providing him with important insights into the cultural contexts of strengthening primary care internationally.

  • Julia Beart

    Chief Executive Officer
    Julia brings to PCI substantial experience of global health and development, with experience spanning programme design, partnership building, strategy and...

    Julia Beart

    Chief Executive Officer

    Julia brings to PCI substantial experience of global health and development, with experience spanning programme design, partnership building, strategy and business development. Prior to joining PCI in 2015, Julia spent five years shaping innovative approaches to scaling BasicNeeds’ award-winning Model for Mental Health and Development. With a background working with INGOs in global health, disability and community development in diverse settings across Africa and Asia, Julia has a particular interest in healthcare innovations with potential to reach groups who are marginalised from mainstream services. She has a BA in French with International Studies, an MSc in Development Management, and is a Clore Social and RSA Fellow.