Who we are

The UK Working Group on NCDs is an informal coalition of over 20 civil-society organisations based in the UK or with strong UK connections. It has a chair drawn from the membership, and an independent consultant has been appointed for six months to draw up a strategy and work on deliverables under a grant from the NCD Alliance, focusing on the response to Covid-19.

Members of the UK Working Group on NCDs
(as of January 2021)

Meetings of the Working Group take place approximately every four to six weeks in London, with dial-in options available. [Note: During the COVID-19 crisis, online meetings are held every two weeks to ensure that all are up to date on latest developments.]


Membership of the UK Working Group on NCDs is limited to organisations from civil society, research institutes, and other academic bodies.* Organisations may work across NCDs, on specific diseases or risk factors, or more widely on health and development. Membership is open to organisations with an interest in global NCD prevention and control, with an office anywhere in the UK. Financial or in-kind contributions to support the Working Group’s activities are welcomed.
* Exceptions may be made for consultants specifically appointed by or working with members of the Working Group. Expressions of interest to join the Working Group by other organisations and/or individuals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Members are required to disclose whether the organisations they represent** have in the past 10 years received any funding from or are otherwise connected in any way to the tobacco, alcohol, food and beverage, fossil fuel, or pharmaceutical industries. 
**In the case of consultants, this refers to both to the organisation that they represent, and the consulting company by which they are employed.

 In November 2019 the UK Working Group on NCDs became the UK’s national NCD alliance.

The current chair of the UK Working Group is Katy Cooper. Katy is an independent consultant with over 15 years’ experience in the prevention of NCDs, and works with organisations both within the Working Group (including C3 Collaborating for Health, World Obesity and WCRF International) and outside (including WHO Europe, the Access to Nutrition Initiative (the Netherlands), VicHealth (Australia) and the Danish Red Cross). She was one of the founders of the UK Working Group in 2018 and was its coordinator from its inception until summer 2020.

A consultant, Trudi Hilton, has been appointed for six months from August 2020 to ensure the delivery of actions under a Covid-19 Solidarity Fund grant from the NCD Alliance. Trudi is a global pharmacy consultant who, having worked for over 20 years in the NHS, began supporting charities working in low- and middle-income countries to ensure the safe and effective use of medicines. In the last decade she has worked for UN agencies, international non-governmental organisations, research institutions and ministries of health, improving sustainable access to quality medicines in a range of poor-resource settings. Trudi brings a passion for seeing good mental health considered as important as good physical health, for everyone.

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