Mr Andy Leather
Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 5806
Office: King's Centre for Global Health, 2.13 Weston Education Centre, Cutcombe Road, Denmark Hill Campus, SE9 5RJ
Andy is the Director of the King’s Centre for Global Health. He was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in 1996 and is also an honorary Senior Lecturer in Global Health at King’s College London. He has promoted global health activities across King’s for a number of years, starting the King’s College Hospital International Development Unit in 2006 and then co-leading King’s Health Partners global health initiatives with Professor Martin Prince, Professor Denise Lievesley and Professor Stephen Challacombe. In 2011, he became the founding director of the King’s Centre for Global Health which promotes collaboration in global health activities across KCL and the three NHS Partner Trusts of King’s Health Partners.
His interest in global health started in 1997 when, as a newly appointed consultant surgeon, be began to travel to Ethiopia to train health officers to undertake surgical procedures. He developed an interest in obstetric fistula surgery and then in 2000 started to develop a health partnership between King’s and a maternity hospital in post-conflict Somaliland. This work has developed into a broad health system strengthening programme with a focus on leadership and governance within the Somaliland health sector, institutional capacity building, and health worker teaching and training. Multiple Somaliland partners now work with an international consortium and are funded by the UK’s Department for International Development. King’s Health Partners now support the THET (Tropical Health and Education Trust) programme in Somaliland.
He teaches on the global health Student Selected Components (SSCs), Intercalated-BSc and Summer School on topics such as health systems strengthening, conflict and health and global surgery. He co-leads the Conflict & Health module and the Library Projects module for the i-BSc.
His research focus is on post-conflict health systems with an emphasis on health worker support and information communication technology in fragile states. He is also interested in research on the impact of health links between the UK and low income countries, conflict and health, and global surgical issues.
His capacity building work has now expanded beyond Somaliland and he oversees the King’s Health Partners work in Somaliland, Zambia and Sierra Leone. He is on the board of THET.
Leather A, Ismail EA, Ali R, Abdi YA, Abbu MH, Gulaid SA, Walhad SA, Guleid S, Ervine IA, Lowe-Lauri M, Parker M, Adams S, Datema M, Parry E. Working together to rebuild health care in post-conflict Somaliland. Lancet 2006, 368: 1119-25
Finlayson AET, Baraco A, Cronin N, Johnson O, Little S, Nuur A, Tansie D, Leather A. An international, case-based, distance-learning collaboration between the UK and Somaliland using a real-time clinical education website. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare 2010, 00: 1-4
Leather AJM, Butterfield C, Peachey K, Silverman M, Sheriff RS. International Health Links movement expands in the United Kingdom. International Health. 2010, 2: 165-171
Sheriff RS and Leather AJM. Leadership and global health. Chapter 13 in Clinical Leadership Bridging the divide. MA Healthcare Limited 2010
Finlayson AET, Zeron J, Beaumont, Handuleh J, Leather A. Post 9/11 Somalia: the strategic role of health systems strengthening in global security. Medicine, Conflict and Survival 2011, 27: 205-210