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Cambridge Global Health Partnerships welcomes Catherine Arnold as new chair

Catherine Arnold, the master of St Edmund’s College at the University of Cambridge, has taken over as chair of Cambridge Global Health Partnerships (CGHP).

A charity linked to Cambridge University Hospital’s dedicated charity, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, was established in 2007, it works with hospitals, healthcare organisations and governments across Africa, Asia and Latin America, providing expertise, supporting shared learning and encouraging sustainable change.

Catherine Arnold, master of St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge (46797100)
Catherine Arnold, master of St Edmund's College, University of Cambridge (46797100)

Under CGHP’s activities, NHS staff, especially those from CUH, work with partners abroad and staff from partner organisations to share experience. Amid the Covid pandemic, its work has continued using virtual platforms, demonstrating that a hybrid model offers opportunities for more people to benefit from CGHP’s programme.

Catherine, who was awarded an OBE in 2019 for her services to British foreign policy following a career in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, takes over from CUH director of workforce David Wherrett.

She said: “I am honoured to be appointed to this role. Global health is more than a strap line; health affects every part of life. Raising levels of public and individual health and wellness around the world can transform lives, and make us all more secure.

“Cambridge has an extraordinary role to play in shaping the future health of humanity, in partnership with people across globe.

“With my fellow committee members and charity trustees, the director and our many partners, members, volunteers and supporters, I am excited to help shape this vision – and thank David Wherrett for giving me such a hard act to follow.”

Catherine worked for the FCO in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Oman, leading on a range of foreign policy issues, including human rights, the environment, and public affairs.

She led the UK campaign to secure the 2019 nomination to host the COP26 climate conference.

Prior to joining the FCO, Catherine was a journalist and travel writer in the Middle East, and began her career with a global management consulting firm.

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