Catriona Waddington

Catriona Waddington

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Universal health coverage; health systems; health economics and financing; antimicrobial resistance (AMR); non-communicable diseases (NCDs); infrastructure epidemiology; aid architecture; health in small island communities.


Sustainable health financing and universal coverage; programme design and review; policy analysis; report writing, dealing with complex issues in a comprehensible manner

Background and relevant experience:

  • PhD in Health Economics, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Multiple roles in HLSP/Mott MacDonald 1995-2020, including Global Practice Leader for Health
  • Numerous projects as technical consultant and project director, in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe
  • Vice-chair of National Health Service Board and chair of Inntegrated Joint Health/Social Care Board, Scotland

Recent projects include:

As Mott MacDonald staff member:
  • Founder and manager, workstream on Infrastructure Epidemiology
  • Leader, Antimicrobial Resistance and Multisectoral Work, Innovation Fund
  • Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Health in Pakistan: The case for more - and better - health expenditure
  • Transport for London, 2020. Health and wellbeing implications of property management strategy.
  • UK Department of Health, 2016-ongoing – Fleming Fund (antimicrobial resistance), 2016-7, Ghana early investment country team leader, plus responsibility for political economy analyses and value for money. 2019-ongoing, Chair of the international Expert Advisory Group on Fleming fund grants.
  • WHO and Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, 2017-2018. Work on global resource mobilisation to tackle antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
  • UNAIDS, 2016-2017 – Team leader, Evaluation of HIV/AIDS Economic Reference Group.
  • DFAT (Australia), 2015-2016 – Team leader for design of DFAT-funded health programme in Solomon Islands (adaptive budget support).
  • DFAT (Australia), 2016 – Support for an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) on finalising its documentation for a project related to alcohol and gender-based violence.
  • WHO, South East Asia Office, 2015 – Author of Community-based Health Services: a vital part of Universal Health Coverage and participated in the SEARO Technical Consultation on Strengthening Community-Based Health Care Services, New Delhi, June 2015.
  • DFAT (Australia), 2014-2015 – Team leader for design of DFAT-funded health programme in Tonga. Subsequent consultancies 2015-18 to support introduction of Essential Health Package in Tonga.
  • DFAT (Australia), 2014 – Team leader of appraisal of DFAT’s investment in health in Vanuatu from 2010-2014, and recommendations on how to refocus the investment to achieve Australian aid objectives and meet health needs in Vanuatu.
  • Gates Foundation, 2014-19 – Health economist, evaluation of Better Immunisation Data.
  • WHO, 2014 – Lead author of health financing section of Health for the World’s Adolescents, WHO. Published as a book chapter, 2016.
  • Gates Foundation, 2014 – Deputy team leader, evaluation of Disease Control Priorities Network.
  • WHO, 2013 – Review of JANS in Sudan (Joint Assessment of National Strategies).
  • AusAID, 2013 – Team leader for review of AusAID-funded health programme in Tonga, the Tonga Health Systems Support Programme.
  • AusAID, 2013 – Author of paper on macroeconomics and health.
  • DFID, 2012-2016– Health economist, Evaluation of Adolescent Girls Programme in Zambia.
  • WHO, 2012 – Preparation of advocacy paper for the International Health Partnership on aid effectiveness in health.
  • WHO, 2012-2013 – Workshops for countries applying for GAVI funding for Health Systems Strengthening, lead facilitator and course designer.
  • DFID, 2012-2013 – Development of aid effectiveness advocacy papers for Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia.
  • GAVI, 2012 – Development of policy for GAVI’s support to fragile states.
  • HLSP Institute, 2012 – Publication of Scaling up health services: challenges and choices. (Available in English and French).
  • Ethiopia, 2011 – Team leader on work to recommend how to strengthen aid effectiveness in the health sector. Commissioned by the Ministry of Health’s Joint Core Co-ordination Committee. Presented paper at meeting of International Health Partnership, WHO Geneva, October 2011.
  • GAVI, 2005-2015 – Close involvement with GAVI Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) since it began in 2005. Lead author of the business case which designed the HSS window and co-author of subsequent board paper requesting additional funds for HSS. On GAVI HSS task team on behalf of DFID. 2007-2009. Until 2015, work on a call-down contract with GAVI providing country-specific support on HSS.
  • DFID, 2010 – Technical evaluator (Ghana, Jordan) of Medicines Transparency Alliance (META).
  • WHO, 2007-2009 – Author of a series of technical briefs on ‘hot topics’ in health systems. Topics are the role of the private sector; scaling up; community health workers; service integration; and essential health packages.
  • NORAD, 2009 – Report to address the following questions – how can the Government of Norway best use its money and political influence to further the health MDGs? How can the global health aid architecture be made more efficient?
  • Health and Fragile States Network, 2008 – Co-author of “Health System Reconstruction: Can it contribute to state-building?”
  • WHO, 2007 – Lead facilitator, global consultation on management and leadership in the health sector of low income countries.
  • UNFPA, 2006 – Updating their technical distance learning materials on reproductive health and HIV&AIDS – project manager.
  • Government of Ethiopia, 2005-2007 – Advisor to Minister of Health on health systems and on harmonisation among donors. Numerous visits to Ethiopia.
  • Global Fund, 2007 – Senior member of Independent Review Panel. Adjudicated cases where there was a dispute between the Secretariat and Board.
  • Malawi, 2006 – Work on BLM (Malawian NGO) business plan, so that BLM could potentially benefit from MOH SWAp funding.
  • WHO, 2006 – Wrote “Economics and Financial Management – What Do District Managers Need to Know?” Making Health Systems Work Series, Working Paper # 3. WHO, 2006.
  • DFID, 2005 – Paper on the costs of health services for the poorest.
  • Stop TB and Roll Back Malaria, 2004-2005 – Research on international funding.
  • Review of DFID-funded Health Research, 2004 – Health systems expert for one programme and policy/research relevance expert for three other programmes.
  • UNFPA Documents, 2004 – Developed training materials in SWAps and guidelines on reproductive health commodity security/aid instruments.
  • Malaria Training, WHO, 2003 – Designed and delivered training for international malaria workers, Ethiopia.
  • Health Economist, Central Medical Stores Project, DFID, Malawi, 2001-2002 – Responsibility for work on organisational status, budgets, cash limits and drug prioritisation and quantification.
  • Team Leader, DFID, Pakistan, 1999-2000 – Evaluation of Lady Health Workers’ Programme.


Catriona is British and lives in the Shetland Islands in Scotland. Previously she has lived in Ghana, Malawi and Denmark, and has worked extensively in Ethiopia. For a full CV and list of publications email Catriona at the address given at the top of this profile.