Board of Trustees

The Board, made up of both Member Trustees (chief executives of the Member Agencies) and Independent Trustees, has ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the charity; defining its strategic goals; ensuring that it is solvent; well-run; and delivering the charitable outcomes for which it has been set up.

Trustees ensure that the DEC remains true to its charitable purpose and objectives and complies with charity law. They are responsible for preparing the Trustees’ Report and the financial statement.


Clive Jones, CBE, Chair of Trustees, Independent Trustee
Richard Miller, Director – ActionAid UK
Tom Wright, CBE, Chief Executive – Age UK 
Mike Adamson, Acting Director General – British Red Cross
Chris Bain, Director – CAFOD
Laurie Lee, Chief Executive – CARE International UK
Loretta Minghella, Director – Christian Aid
Rose Caldwell, Executive Director – Concern Worldwide UK
Mohamed Ashmawey, PhD, Chief Executive – Islamic Relief Worldwide 
Mark Goldring, CBE, Chief Executive – Oxfam GB
Tanya Barron, Chief Executive – Plan UK
Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive – Save the Children
Matthew Frost, Chief Executive – Tearfund
Justin Byworth, Chief Executive – World Vision UK
Jeremy Bennett, Vice Chair, Independent Trustee
Ken Burnett, Independent Trustee
Baroness Helene Hayman, Independent Trustee
Clare Thompson, Honorary Treasurer, Independent Trustee
Richard Tait, CBE, Independent Trustee


Membership and Accountability Committee – Responsible for developing accountability policy and monitoring member agencies and secretariat performance against it, and overseeing secretariat activity to promote learning and accountability. The committee is also responsible for ensuring our membership criteria are appropriate; making decisions on action with non-performing members and recruitment of independent trustees.
Committee chair: Jeremy Bennett
Current members: Ken Burnett, Justin Byworth, Rose Caldwell, Baroness Helene Hayman, Clive Jones, Loretta Minghella, Laurie Lee
Audit, Finance and Risk Committee – Responsible for reviewing draft financial statements and considering the external auditor’s management letter.  The committee is also responsible for advising trustees on the appointment of external auditors; reviewing external audit plans; reviewing the effectiveness of the internal control and risk management systems and monitoring the implementation of audit recommendations.
Committee chair: Clare Thompson
Current members: Chris Bain, Tanya Barron, Jeremy Bennett, Richard Miller, Tom Wright