Our Staff

Jo Groves
Executive Director
Jo is responsible for managing and developing the ILDS’ operations. She works closely with the ILDS Board and Staff Team to ensure that the ILDS’ strategy is effectively implemented in order to fulfil its mission. Jo has experience in global health policy, strategic development and organisational management. Prior to joining ILDS in 2015, Jo served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO) and has worked in other nonprofit health organisations including the Wellcome Trust.

Somanah Achadoo
Partnerships Manager
Somanah’s area of responsibility at the ILDS is the development and implementation of various ILDS strategies: fundraising and revenue development, partnerships and volunteer programme and he is also responsible for some of the internal policy development. He has been working in the nonprofit sector on various health programmes as well as the education and training sector.

Somanah works 3 days a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays).

Caroline Bach
Project Manager
Caroline supports two key areas of ILDS’ work; the World Congress of Dermatology and the Global Psoriasis Atlas. She has a background in health service management and membership charities.

Caroline works 3 days a week (Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays).

Sarah Boycott
Membership and Communications Manager
Sarah oversees the management of the ILDS Membership, as well as developing ILDS Communications, including the database, newsletter, website and our publications. She has a background working for health charities, community organisations and membership organisations, with an undergraduate degree in International Relations and a Masters in International Social Development.

Amelia Crowther
Project Officer
Amelia supports the administration and delivery of the IFD’s global health partnerships and projects across multiple areas of work. She has experience working in a global health research group and humanitarian non-profits in the UK and internationally. Amelia holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Geography from the University of Leeds and a master’s degree in International Development with Conflict and Humanitarian Action from the University of Bath.

Liz Hollenberg
Global Health Policy and Programmes Manager
Liz supports ILDS’ work with the WHO, developing health policy and managing relevant global health programmes. She has been working in public health and programmes for the past 15 years, primarily in infectious diseases. Her passion remains to develop effective and efficient policy and programmes, ensuring sustainability, equality, and equity throughout.

Claire Leeson
Development Manager
Claire oversees the International Foundation for Dermatology (IFD), and is responsible for ensuring its strategic objectives are delivered through global health dermatology grants, projects and partnerships. Claire has experience in international development and humanitarian relief, programme management and strategy development. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and Sociology, a Masters in Youth Justice and Criminology, and is current studying a Masters in Conflict and Development.

Claire works three days a week.

Safia Roble
Project and Partnerships Officer
Safia works across multiple areas of work to support, maintain and develop IFD and ILDS projects and partnerships. Throughout her career, she has worked with multiple populations, including migrants, internally displaced people and other marginalised groups, where she undertook research and coordinated projects on human rights, development and gender. Safia holds a bachelor’s degree in Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London and a master’s degree in International Politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.