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Options' team of professionals has extensive experience in our niche technical areas of maternal newborn child health, sexual and reproductive health, HIV & AIDS, gender, equity and social inclusion
Options' Board of Directors are responsible for setting the objectives and strategic direction for the company. Members of Options' Board of Directors are:
Simon Cooke, Chair
Simon Cooke is the CEO of Marie Stopes International. Simon joined Marie Stopes International in 2013 with more than 20 years of
international management, marketing and sales experience in a range of
developed and developing countries including North Africa, Asia, Latin America,
the Nordics, the Gulf, the Levant and Iran. Before coming to MSI he was CEO of SuperMax, a personal care
product marketing organisation based in the Middle East. He has also held
senior leadership positions at both Procter and Gamble and Reckitt Benckiser.
Dr Tim Black, CBE MBBS MRCP DTM&H MPH
Tim Black is the founder and former Chief Executive of Marie Stopes International
, the leading family planning charity providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, including HIV & AIDS in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia. In 1992, Dr Black founded Options as a subsidiary of Marie Stopes International. He also co-founded Population Services International. Dr Black is a now a consultant
and advisor worldwide and reproductive health and stocial marketing programmes.
Philip D Harvey
Harvey is the president of DKT International which he founded in 1989. He also co-founded
Marie Stopes International and Population Services International (with Dr Tim Black). Mr Harvey has been
championing the benefits of social marketing for over three decades. Earlier in
his career, he served as deputy director of CARE's programme in India.
Timothy M Rutter, FRCS
Timothy Rutter practiced as an obstetrician and
gynaecologist for over 25 years. He has in-depth knowledge of the international
context, having occupied senior medical positions with the Government of
Thailand, the Canadian Government and Christian Aid. He was appointed Executive
Director at the Transnational Birth Control Programme in 1973. In addition to his professional work, Mr Rutter has
undertaken post-graduate specialisations in Gynaecology and Obstetrics at St
George’s Hospital Medical School and as Gynaecology and Obstetrics Senior House
Officer at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital. He has also held
lectureships at four leading research institutions, notably Universidad de
Cadiz and Universidad Autonamia de Barcelona.
Jo Elms, Managing Director of Options
Jo Elms became managing director of Options in 2013 bringing
insights gained over a career of more than 20 years in international
development. Jo held leadership positions in a range of organisations and has
substantial experience of developing strategies and partnerships across Africa,
Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Since joining Options in 2006, Jo directed Options’ portfolio of
international programmes and has ensured the growth of Options has been combined
with high standards of delivery.