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Pida Ripley

Pida Ripley, MA AKC FRSA

Visiting Research Fellow

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Lead

Pida Ripley


A post-graduate of both King’s College London (war studies) and LSE (international & comparative relations) Pida Ripley was awarded a Washington based Senior MacArthur Fellowship (Defence/National Security) at the School of Public Policy, Maryland University. Upon her return to the UK she was appointed the first Director of Development of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. Subsequently she worked as CEO of a high-tech trade association, and of a UK/Russia health promotion organisation.  She was chairman of St Martin’s School of Art for over a decade.

A human rights and women’s empowerment campaigner, in 1987 she founded WomenAid International, the first UK NGO to focus specifically on global issues adversely affecting women and the 7th British NGO to become a European Community Humanitarian Organisation ( ECHO) partner. WomenAid provided over 30,000 MT of food, medical and other supplies, valued at more than £12 million, to more than 1.5 million refugees, IDPs and other vulnerable people in Former Yugoslavia, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Albania and Kosovo as well as stabilization and development initiatives and projects.

Over 11 years experience as a Governor of both the Royal Marsden and King’s College Hospital, combined with long-standing multiple health problems, enables Pida to provide a considerable ‘expert’ patient and policy development perspective to any health policy programme. A former member of King’s Patient Safety Service Quality (NIHR-PSSQ) Steering Group, she is a NIHR Public Contributor appointed member of the Steering Group of a 5-year research project (York Trials). In 2018 she served on the Healthy London Partnership, NHS London Choosing Wisely Steering Group developing pan-London policies to standardise access to a set of surgical procedures.

Pida is one of the co-applicants for the funding of the PRU HSCWRU 5-year programme and is the PRU PPIE Lead. This year she launched, a free global resource website on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and hopes to incorporate AMR research within the PRU PPIE programme and the PRU generally.

Pida has contributed almost 50 years of voluntary and public service activities, notably in support of the UN, women’s empowerment, ending violence against women, human rights, health, humanitarian/development aid, the arts, civil society, the NHS and brings this broad experience and leadership to the HSCWRU at King’s College London.

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