Dr. J Carolyn Gomes

Dr. J Carolyn Gomes

Dr. J Carolyn Gomes is the Special Advisor on External Relations, ProActividad;
Co-Chair of The Caribbean Centre for Human Rights and Board Member of The Developing Country NGO Delegation to the Global Fund Board.
A medical doctor since 1980, Dr. Gomes worked in public and private medicine in Trinidad and Jamaica, served as the Executive of the Paediatric Association of Jamaica, and was a paediatrician in private practice until 2002 when she gave up practice to work full time on issues of human rights. From 2002-2013, Dr. Gomes was Executive Director of Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ), a non-profit, Citizens’ Rights Action Group which she helped found in 1999, and led to become a nationally, regionally and internationally recognized organization advocating against State abuse of rights and strengthening legislative and other provisions for the protection of rights.
Her work on human rights was recognized by the United Nations in 2008 and she was conferred with the Order of Jamaica (the nation’s 3rd highest honour) in 2009.


Mr. Howard Catton

Mr. Howard Catton has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the International Council of Nurses (ICN), Geneva since February 2019. Throughout his career, Howard has worked and written extensively on issues relating to the nursing and healthcare workforce, promoted the well-being of nurses and co-chaired the first ever State of the World’s Nursing Report.
Howard qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1988 and held a variety of nursing posts in England and the United States and worked for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation. He studied Social Policy at Cardiff University (BSc. Economics Hons) and Industrial Relations at Warwick University (MA) and then worked as a Personnel and Organisational Change Manager in the National Health Service in the UK.
In December 2019 the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland appointed Howard as Fellow of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery.
In July 2021 Howard was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Club International organisation in recognition of his extraordinary service to the nursing community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof. James Buchan

Professor James Buchan

Prof. James Buchan is an Adjunct Professor at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia; and a Visiting Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Health Foundation, London.
Prof. Buchan has specialized in nursing workforce policy. His background includes periods working at a senior level in government in Scotland and Australia; and as senior policy adviser for the Royal College of Nursing, (RCN), UK. He has also worked for WHO in Geneva and Copenhagen. In recent years, he has had extensive experience as a consultant on nursing workforce policy and planning, in Europe, the Americas, the Gulf, Asia and the Pacific, for governments and international agencies. He is Editor in Chief of “Human Resources for Health”, the peer reviewed journal affiliated with WHO.

Dr. Peter Carter

Dr. Peter Carter has been the CEO of the Royal College of Nursing from 2007 to 2015 and the CEO of the Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust for 12 years before that.

In 2011 he was awarded the inaugural Presidents’ Medal of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and in 2006 he was awarded the OBE by Her Majesty The Queen for his service to the NHS. He was a member of the ‘Crown Commission’ that devised the policy and protocols that led to the implementation of Non-Medical prescribing.

He is now an Independent Healthcare Consultant. Since leaving the RCN he has worked across the UK and internationally. He has on three occasions been asked by the NHS in England to be the interim Chairman of NHS Trusts. Dr. Carter has been the expert witness in over 200 cases of litigation in the health and social care systems. Whilst CEO of the Royal College of Nursing, Dr. Carter was regularly cited in the Health Service Journal as one of the NHS’s most influential people. He was also a visiting Professor at Kings’ College, Canterbury Christchurch, Chester and Anglia Ruskin Universities. He has written articles for journals, newspapers and chapters in books, appeared in TV documentaries and has been interviewed many times on TV and radio. He has twice been the subject of the BBC TV programme Hardtalk.

Prof. Sheila Tlou

Professor Sheila Tlou

Prof. Sheila Tlou is the Co-chairperson of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition and is the Ex-Minister of Health & Member of Parliament of the Government of Botswana. She is also appointed by the president of Botswana to serve as the titular Head of the
Botswana Open University. She was the director of the Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Johannesburg. She also served as Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers of Health, and the African Union Ministers of Health.
She has made outstanding achievements in the development of the nursing profession both in her own country and abroad. She published numerous articles and books on international health and development issues.
Prof. Tlou has received several international awards, including the 2003 Florence Nightingale Medal by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the 2008 Presidential Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Health by the American Academy of Nursing. In 2016, she won the President’s Award for US National League for Nursing and in 2020 she was listed among the 100 Most Reputable Africans, by Reputation Poll International.