Wendy is currently the Executive Director of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, School of Public Health, Imperial College London. She has a particular interest in integrated multi-disciplinary approaches to public health in low and middle-income countries with a focus on capitalising on potential synergies between human and animal health programmes.
She has a Veterinary Degree from the Royal Veterinary College and worked in mixed animal practices prior to completing a PhD in Clinical Pharmacology at St Georges Hospital Medical School and a post doc in comparative vascular biology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia. She also has experience of working in the commercial sector having worked in the Comparative Medicine and Biology Unit at GlaxoSmithKline in an advisory role across a range of therapeutic drug development areas, including inflammation and infection.
Her passion for public health in low income countries started when she worked with an organisation donating farm animals to communities in Uganda and Rwanda and she saw firsthand the potential synergies between strengthening the veterinary public health and human public health systems. She holds a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Wendy has served as a Council member on the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons from 2000 to 2008, Chair of the Council of the Comparative Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine 2007, Chair of the UK Coalition against NTDs 2012-2014 and Chair of the NTD NGO Network from 2016 to 2017.