Helen Smith is the founding chairperson of Kisiizi Partners. She qualified as a doctor in 1980 and specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology. She worked at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading for nearly 30 years, initially as a junior doctor and then as a Consultant Obstetrician. Her interest in health care needs in developing countries has continued to develop since her first visit to Kisiizi Hospital in 1999, leading to her current job as a Senior Technical Officer in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She is particularly interested in projects which address the problem of maternal mortality in developing countries and has travelled to a number of countries in Africa and Asia. In the UK, in addition to her clinical role, she is involved in medical education and the provision of pastoral care to junior doctors, particularly those who find themselves in difficulty. Helen has led many teams of junior doctors and midwives on working visits to Kisiizi Hospital.
Alan Smith has been the secretary of Kisiizi Partners since its inception. Alan worked as a film editor with the BBC News for 25 years. In the course of his work he travelled extensively, working in many war zones and areas of tribulation. After leaving the BBC he trained as a teacher and taught secondary school science for more than a decade. He is now supposed to be retired. His travels with the BBC served to ignite a concern for people in developing countries, whilst at the same time equipping him with considerable logistical skills.