Executive Committee

The Executive Committee oversees the management of the network and ensures it is meeting its objectives in line with its terms of reference. 

Steering Committee

  • Chair: Gail Davey (Footwork, Brighton & Sussex Medical School)
  • Vice-Chair: Yaobi Zhang (Helen Keller International)
  • Past Chair: Wendy Harrison (Schistosomiasis Control Initiative)

Disease-specific groups
International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC)

  • Chair:  Scott McPherson (RTI)

Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) NGO Network

  • Chair: Louise Kelly-Hope (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

Onchocerciasis Elimination NGO Group

  • Chair: Charles Mackenzie (Sightsavers)

Leprosy NGO Group 

  • Chair: Geoff Warne (ILEP)

Soil-Transmitted Helminths/Schistosomiasis (STH/SCH) NGO Group

  • Chair: Lynsey Blair (Imperial College London)

Cross-cutting groups
Disease Management Disability and Inclusion (DMDI) 

  • Chair: Martin Kollman (CBM International) W. H. Brakel (NLR)

Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) 

  • Co-Chair: Yael Velleman (Schistosomiasis Control Initiative)
  • Co-Chair: Angelia Sanders (The Carter Center)

Integrated Vector Control 

  • Chair: Fiona Allen (Natural History Museum)

Skin related NTDs 

  • Chair: Claire Fuller (BSUH)

Conflict and Humanitarian Emergencies

  • Co-Chair:  Angelia Sanders (The Carter Center)
  • Co-Chair: Fiona Vincer (Mentor Initiative)

Ensuring Sustainable Systems

  • Chair: Katherine Williams (Evidence Action)

One Health

  • Chair: Wendy Harrison (Schistosomiasis Control Initiative)

External Representation Group

  • Co-chair: Virginia Sarah (Fred Hollows Foundation)
  • Co-chair: Helen Hamilton (WaterAid)

NNN Administration Support

  • Clare Callow (Brighton & Sussex Medical School)

NNN Communications Lead


The Chair shall serve a one-year term and will then move to the position of Past-Chair for an additional year.  Similarly, the Vice-Chair shall serve a one-year term and then move to the position of Chair.  During an election year and prior to the annual meeting, the Executive Committee will invite nominations for the incoming NNN Vice-Chair through the NGO Coordination Groups.   Each nominee must accept the nomination and be fully informed of the voluntary nature of the position.  Nominations will be supported by a brief summary of the nominee’s eligibility for election. 

The Executive Committee will circulate the final nominations prior to the annual meeting during which election of the new Vice-Chair will take place.  The successful candidate will be determined by a clear majority of votes (one vote per individual NGO) and the new Vice-Chair will take up the position from the announcement at the meeting.

You can download the nomination form for the Vice-Chair 2018-2019 here!


The NNN meets annually (typically in September); the disease-specific and thematic working groups will continue to meet separately at will. See our conference page for more information.