Claire Morris - Director of Advocacy
Claire has a Masters in Development Management and has worked in global palliative care development since 2004. She worked on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day including the first in 2005, with events in over 60 countries worldwide. She is particularly interested in the integration of palliative care in Universal Health Coverage reforms and publicly funded health systems. She is also passionate about the meaningful involvement of people living with palliative care needs in all aspects of palliative care advocacy, governance and programmes.
Stephen R. Connor, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the London, UK based Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA), an alliance of over 375 national and regional hospice and palliative care organizations in over 100 countries. Dr. Connor has worked continuously in the hospice/palliative care movement since 1975 including 10 years as vice-president of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (US), he is now focused on palliative care development internationally with the WHPCA and has worked on palliative care globally in over 25 countries. In addition to being a hospice and association executive, he is a health services researcher, educator, advocate, and psychotherapist, licensed as a clinical psychologist. He is Senior Research Scholar for Washington DC area’s Capital Caring Health is on multiple boards including the International Work Group on Death, Dying, & Bereavement, the Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Foundation, the International Children’s Palliative Care Network, Ehospice Board, and the Scientific Advisory Committee for NPCRC. Dr Connor has published over 150 peer reviewed journal articles, reviews, & book chapters on issues related to palliative care for patients and their families and is the author/editor of six books on palliative care including Hospice & Palliative Care: The essential guide, 3rd Ed (2018) and the new Global Atlas of Palliative Care, 2nd Ed (2020), in partnership with the WHO.
Rachel Crosby – Programme Manager
Before joining WHPCA, Rachel lived and worked for many years in Brazil, Niger, Uganda and São Tomé e Príncipe. She has managed a diverse range of projects including local economic development, health and conservation projects. In Brazil she was a founding member of one of the first organisations to respond to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Recife. While in Uganda, she worked as the Senior Programme Manager at the African Palliative Care Association (APCA), supporting palliative care development in many African countries. Rachel has a degree in Anthropology from McGill University and a Master’s in Non-Profit Management. She is now based in southwest England.
Joan is the WHPCA Admin Assistant
Following 20 years military, international and government service, Joan came into healthcare in 2002 and straight into cancer services management including roles at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (RMH) Kings College Hospital NHS Trust (KCH), University College London Hospital NHS Trust (UCLH), The Harley Street Clinic, and continues in that field at The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (RD&E). During her time at RMH, she also worked within the Drug Development Unit and on Clinical Trials. She was proud to be involved with the groundwork of the Haematology Institute at Kings College Hospital (KCH) and with assisting the Palliative Care Team at UCLH. Joan is an avid fundraiser, supporting many events throughout the year.