Our Trustees

APCA UK is governed by a team of Trustees. We currently have three Trustees and information can be found about them here. 

Prof Julia Downing - Chairperson

Julia was one of the founding board members of APCA and served on their Board and then worked in Uganda as the APCA Deputy Executive Director for four years. She is a Professor in Palliative Care, has lived and worked in Uganda since 2001, working initially within the country, then across Africa and now globally. She is also the Executive Director of the International Children's Palliative Care Network (ICPCN).

Helen Simpson - Treasurer

Following employment in various administrative roles, Helen now runs a business with her husband and is a mother of three children.  Her interest in palliative care in Africa began in 2001 when her parents began working at a centre providing care for HIV / AIDS patients in Uganda, which Helen feels privileged to have visited several times.  She has recently joined APCA UK to be further involved in helping raise funds for and awareness of the need for palliative care for all in Africa.

Dr Emmanuel Luyirika

Dr Luyirika is the Executive Director of APCA in Uganda. He holds a masters bachelor of medicine degree from Makerere University, a masters degree in Family Medicine from the Medical University of Southern Africa, and has conducted research focusing on issues around HIV among school-going teenagers. He holds, a postgraduate hours degree and a masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Stellenbosch's School of Public Management and Planning, with his research focusing on the national HIV/AIDS policy of South Africa. He also holds an HIV certificate from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.