Africa AHEAD’s Main Governing Board of Trustees is based in the United Kingdom.

CHAIRMAN          (2017 – Present)

Prof Richard Carter, takes over as Chairman in 2017

Prof Richard Carter, takes over as Chairman in 2017

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

TRUSTEE – UK      (from 2017)

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

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

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


TRUSTEE – UK     (from 2017) Founding Chairman (2013-2017) 

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

Sandy Cairncross is Professor of Environmental Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with over  175 published papers , was awarded  the OBE in 2012, as well as an AMCOW Award for his contribution to the Water and Sanitation Sector in Africa.  Technical Director of  WELL,  Director of the TARGETS Research Programme  Consortium, Deputy Director of  SNOWS Consortium (2009) for research capacity building in Africa and now  Research Director, SHARE Research Programme Consortium on sanitation and hygiene (2010) and co-editor of Tropical Medicine & International Health.

TRUSTEE                (from 2014) 

Barbara Evans, Trustee UK

Barbara Evans, Africa AHEAD Trustee UK

Prof. Barbara Evans is Professor of Public Health Engineering at the University of Leeds working in WASH development for 30 years:  senior water and sanitation specialist at the World Bank-WSP;  co-director of the Leeds Centre for Global Development; Chair of the Strategic Advisory Board of the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program on Water Supply and Sanitation. She has worked extensively in South Asia and Africa as advisor to World Bank, UNICEF, WHO, Global Sanitation Fund, WaterAid, Global Partnership for Output-based Aid and DFID.

TRUSTEE                 (from 2016) 

Oliver Cumming, Africa AHEAD Trustee

Oliver Cumming is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) researching epidemiology of water, sanitation and hygiene in low-income settings, assessing the impact of WASH interventions on childhood enteric infection, nutrition 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 – UK (from 2016) 

Kevin Laue, Africa AHEAD Trustee

Kevin Laue is a South African born lawyer who practiced in Zimbabwe for twenty years before moving to the UK. working  for REDRESS, an international human rights organisation based in London which helps torture survivors. He was an original  Founder Trustee of Zimbabwe AHEAD, registered in 2002. He brings a deep knowledge and commitment to development in Africa, particularly with insider understanding of Zimbabwe.


TRUSTEE                  (from 2014) 

Jannette Heatherton, Chairperson Zimbabwe AHEAD

Janette Hetherton based in Zimbabwe, has worked in development programmes  for the past 20 years, as a consultant on administration and management. She  was Country Representative for New Zealand Aid which  supported Zimbabwe AHEAD (2001-2005) in  the construction of a Community Centre  in Makoni District where Community Health Clubs. With long experience of the AHEAD approach, she is now Chairperson of  Africa  AHEAD local board in Zimbabwe.


ADVISER – ZIMBABWE   (from 2015)

Dr. Jaap Kuiper, Advisor Zimbabwe

Dr. Jaap Kuiper M.Sc., PGDE, PhD has worked in Africa for over 30 years in the field of education as lecturer, researcher, professor and Dean of Education,  Iscor-Billiton Chair for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (South Africa). working in Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, South Africa, Mozambique, Nigeria and  based in Zimbabwe as a consultant, is Trustee on the local Africa AHEAD Board.


Zachery Bigirimana, Regional Represenative Africa AHEAD - Rwanda

Zachery Bigirimana, East Africa Regional Representative

ADVISER: Zachery Bigirimana, M.Sc. retired Dean of the Faculty of Community Health Development at College of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Rwanda, has assisted in the formulation of the KHI Strategic Plan (2004-2008), the National Environmental Health Policy and  a 5 years Strategic  Plan for Ministry of Health (2006) and as Technical Advisor  WSP / World Bank, the Community Based Environmental Health Promotion Programme in Rwanda (2010). He is now based in Southern Uganda.

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