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 annual Trustees’ Report and the financial statement, which are submitted to the Charity Commission.

Read our trustee biographies here.

BOARD MEMBERS AND SUBCOMMITTEES

Clive Jones, CBE, Chair of Trustees, Independent Trustee

Jean-Michel Grand, Executive Director – Action Against Hunger UK
 
Girish Menon, Chief Executive – ActionAid UK
 
Chris Roles, Chief Executive – Age International
 
Mike Adamson, Chief Executive – British Red Cross
 
Chris Bain, Director – CAFOD
 
Laurie Lee, Chief Executive – CARE International UK
 
Amanda Mukwashi, Chief Executive – Christian Aid
 
Rose Caldwell, Executive Director – Concern Worldwide UK
 
Naser Haghamed, Chief Executive – Islamic Relief Worldwide 
 
Mark Goldring, CBE, Chief Executive – Oxfam GB
 
Tanya Barron, Chief Executive – Plan UK
 
Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive – Save the Children
 
Nigel Harris, Chief Executive – Tearfund
 
Tim Pilkington, Chief Executive – World Vision UK
 
Ken Burnett, Independent Trustee

Andy Green, Vice Chair, Independent Trustee

Jane Hanson, Honorary Treasurer, Independent Trustee

Baroness Helene Hayman, Independent Trustee

Sue Inglish, Independent Trustee

Charles Stewart-Smith, Independent Trustee
 
Richard Tait, CBE, Independent Trustee

ROLES OF THE BOARD SUB-COMMITTEES

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: Andy Green
Current members: Chris Bain, Tanya Barron, Ken Burnett, Baroness Helene Hayman, Sue Inglish, Clive Jones, Girish Menon, Charles Stewart-Smith, Richard Tait, Jane Hanson, Kevin Watkins.
 
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: Jane Hanson
Current members: Mike Adamson, Mark Goldring, Andy Green, Nigel Harris, Laurie Lee, Tim Pilkington.

Remuneration Committee – Responsible for reviewing DEC Secretariat remuneration policy and practice on an annual basis for recommendation to the full Board.
 
Committee chair: Clive Jones
Current members: Rose Caldwell, Andy Green, Sue Inglish, Chris Roles, Jane Hanson.