The first chairperson of AIMS International was Peter Cosgrove, whose involvement with AIMS spans the years 1999 to 2005. During much of that time, Peter was a Senior Lecturer in health economics at Liverpool John Moores University. As well as representing AI at various events, under Peter’s Chairmanship AI was granted charitable status in 2003. And with generous and unstinting support from other AI members, a broad range of initiatives was undertaken to raise the profile of AIMS in the UK and Pakistan. These include, procuring and delivering two ambulances to Pakistan (with financial support from James Trust – a charity set up in memory of James Cosgrove), participation in various fund-raising activities, and awareness raising campaigns, as with an event on diabetes in the South Asian population held in Rochdale (in collaboration with the UK Public Health Association). During his many visits to Pakistan, Peter gave several presentations on behalf of AIMS International. Typically, these would cover topics in health economics through to community health financing. Other salient activities include a workshop/fact-finding visit to the BIRDEM Institute (Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation in Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders) and an AIMS presentation on diabetes at the 2003 IDF conference.