Dr. Matthew Sowemimo has been appointed to the role of Director of Policy and Communications at People’s Health Trust. Matthew has 30 years of experience of external affairs work in the charity sector and joins us from the Youth Endowment Fund where he was Public Affairs and Communications Lead. He started in the role on December 4.

Matthew previously headed up Public Affairs at The Salvation Army UK from 2018 to 2023. In this role he strengthened the connection between fundraising and public affairs, resulting in hundreds of new fundraising leads. Earlier in his career Matthew led high profile national campaigns that overcame ministerial resistance to the public funding of two high cost medicines.

Matthew’s experience includes being Director of Communications at Epilepsy Society and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

John Hume, Chief Executive of People’s Health Trust, said:

"We are delighted to have appointed Matthew to this role. He has a strong connection with the work of the Trust having spent his career working in and around areas of social justice. He brings the depth of the experience which will help to guide our future policy and communications work”

Matthew Sowemimo said:

“I am delighted to join People’s Health Trust at a time when fulfilling the charity’s mission is so urgent. The Trust plays a vital role in working alongside organisations that are working in some of the areas of greatest disadvantage in our society. I will be working with colleagues to amplify the Trust’s voice in the national media and to win support for the public policies that can give people in the most marginalized communities the chance to live a long and healthy life.”

Matthew Sowemimo assumed his new role as Director of Policy and Communications at People's Health Trust on December 4.


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About People's Health Trust:

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local communities to help create a society without health inequalities through funding, support and using evidence and learning to influence change. It works closely with six Community Interest Companies raising money through The Health Lottery and distributing grants.