Helen Smith is the founding chairperson of Kisiizi Partners. She qualified as a doctor in 1980 and specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology. She has worked at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading since 1987, initially as a junior doctor and since 1994 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. She is particularly interested in projects which address the problem of maternal mortality in developing countries and has travelled to a number of African countries as a faculty member on the Obstetric Life Saving Skills Course run by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology International Office and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. 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 now teaches science to secondary school pupils at a comprehensive school in Reading. 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.