Our spokespeople

International

Our press team will be happy to arrange interviews for you with representatives from our country programmes wherever possible. If you're interested in speaking with a Marie Stopes International spokesperson please contact the press office via email: press@mariestopes.org or phone: +44 (0)20 3219 8005.

Michael Holscher, Deputy CEO

Michael Holscher is an international development professional with more than 20 years of leadership experience in international health and development.

He has extensive experience - including more nearly 15 years resident experience in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America - providing programmatic and technical leadership to multi-country public health programmes.

He has expertise in behaviour change communications and social marketing for health; family planning and HIV/AIDS-related service delivery; strategy; programme design and evaluation; and business development.

Michael previously worked as a country director and regional executive director for Population Services International (PSI). He has worked closely with a wide range of leading bilateral and multilateral agencies, including DFID, the Netherlands Government, KfW, USAID and numerous private foundations. He has worked as a special advisor to both UNFPA and UNAIDS.

John Lotspeich, Global Director of Communications

John Lotspeich has 20 years’ global communication experience, including journalism, research, and publications in both the public and private sectors.

His work in communications has been centred on health policy and NGO programmes with a focus on global health.

He has specialised in cross-cultural communication throughout his career, and has worked on assignment in positions in London, Paris, Delhi, Nairobi, Chicago and New York, as well as project experience in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa, and work with the WHO and other multilateral NGOs.

He has always recognised the power of communications to deliver policy change, and spent nearly two years in Brussels working on health system and development projects with European institutions, particularly the Commission and the European Parliament.

This, and involvement with HIV/AIDS policy advocacy in Europe, led to a his specialising in public health and social marketing communications and international media relations.

UK

Jason Warriner, UK Director of Quality and Clinical Services

Jason Warriner is a registered nurse with considerable experience in the field of sexual health, contraception and HIV.

After holding a number of senior nursing positions in the NHS he moved to the national HIV and sexual health charity, the Terrence Higgins Trust, as Clinical Director / Governance and Quality Director. In June 2014 he took up the role of UK Director of Quality and Clinical Services for Marie Stopes.

Jason has undertaken post registration courses in sexual health, contraception, HIV and management, and is a member of the Chartered Management Institute. He has worked in South Africa with the HIV charity CHIVA Africa, is a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the charity Food Chain, and is a trustee for the homeless charity, Crisis, who he also volunteers for as the Healthcare Manager at Christmas.

From 2006 to 2010, Jason was Chair of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Congress and served on the RCN Council. He is currently chair of the RCN Public Health Forum, as well as its sexual health and HIV lead.