Chair of Trustees, Independent Trustee
Sue Inglish has spent 30 years as a broadcast journalist. She was Head of Political Programmes for BBC News until 2015 responsible for the BBC’s political, parliamentary and election news, programmes and digital content. She chaired the committee of broadcasters and politicians which negotiated the first prime ministerial election debates in the UK.
Before working at the BBC, Sue was senior foreign editor and deputy editor of Channel 4 News.
She chairs the board of the International News Safety Institute, a charity working for the safety of journalists around the world and is a governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy. She is chair of the Royal Television Society’s TV Journalism awards.
Action Against Hunger UK
Jean-Michel has been the executive director of Action Against Hunger UK since 2003.
He started his career in the humanitarian sector in 1994 as a logistician during the Bosnian war where he worked for two years before being deployed to mostly conflict- and drought-related humanitarian crises. He spent the subsequent six years in Chechnya (1996 and 2001), Northern Rakhine state in Myanmar, Tajikistan, Malawi and Zimbabwe, working mainly for Action Against Hunger.
He represents Action Against Hunger UK on the International Executive Committee of the organisation’s International Network (which is present in over 50 countries). He was a board member of VOICE, the network of European Humanitarian NGOs, from 2011 to 2016 and has been a member of the 'sounding board' seminars on effective management hosted by Bain and Company since 2006. He is also a director of ACFIN trademark licensing company.
Over the past two decades, Jean-Michel has dedicated most of his efforts to addressing child undernutrition around the world, helping populations affected by humanitarian crises, and promoting agroecology. He has been instrumental in galvanising support around these issues from the UK’s food and hospitality industry.
He studied history at the University of Lyon.
Girish Menon has worked in social development for three decades. He started his career with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, an Indian NGO, and followed this with stints at ActionAid India (ten years), Plan India (four years) and DfID India (over two years).
Prior to his appointment as CEO of ActionAid UK (September 2015), Girish worked for WaterAid, in London, for ten years. As WaterAid’s deputy CEO and Director of International Programmes, he held responsibility of supporting their work in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. Girish was trustee on the boards of Water and Sanitation for Urban Poor and People in Aid, and is currently trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee.
Chris is responsible for the leadership of Age International. He manages the charity’s relationships with HelpAge and Age UK as well as overseeing all communications, advocacy, programme funding and emergency work.
Before joining Age International as Director in July 2012, Chris held senior positions at ActionAid and Christian Aid. He then became Director of Public Affairs at YMCA England. In 2004, Chris became the Chief Executive of Y Care International, a youth-focused international relief and development agency.
Chris is a member of the Investment committee of Venturesome, the Charity Aid Foundation’s social investment arm, and is also a member of the BBC’s Appeals Advisory Committee. He studied History and Economics at Oxford University and has an MBA from the London Business School.
British Red Cross
Mike Adamson is Chief Executive of the British Red Cross, the country’s leading voluntary crisis response organisation, and part of the worldwide Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
Prior to his current appointment, Mike was Managing Director of Operations, responsible for the leadership of the British Red Cross' UK and international programmes and its advocacy work, overseeing a unified approach to all operations. He took on this role in 2010, and had previously held several other positions in the organisation between 1992 and 2003, including Head of International Programme Development, Director for the London and South-East Region, and Director of Strategy, Planning and Information Systems.
In his years away from the organisation, Mike worked for the National Health Service as Director of Commissioning and Primary Care at a Primary Care Trust in Gloucestershire for three years, and spent five years as Managing Director for Services at the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID – now Action on Hearing Loss).
Mike is a board member of the DEC and of a regional drug and alcohol charity (Nelson Trust). He lives in Gloucestershire with his wife Lorna and two daughters Eleanor and Sophie. In his spare time he likes to run, cycle and read. Mike is also a founding member of his local film club.
Mike has an MPhil in economics from Oxford University and an MBA with distinction.
Chris Bain took over as Director of CAFOD in July 2003.
His work in international development began as a VSO volunteer and Field Officer in Fiji where he stayed on to be Director of a community housing Trust. He then returned to the UK in 1981 and worked for Christian Aid in education and fundraising. After completing an MBA, Chris joined Oxfam as special Campaigns Advisor before being appointed Head of Campaigns in 1992, leading the department responsible for Oxfam’s campaigns, education and regional fundraising. He rejoined VSO in 1996 becoming Head of International Programmes in 1999.
CAFOD’s role is to tackle poverty through human development and social justice. It works in partnership with local church and secular organisations in 40 countries in the South playing an active role in Caritas Internationalis. CAFOD currently has over 400 staff based in England & Wales and throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. Its annual turnover is £51.3m.
Chris was handed the Chairmanship of BOAG (British Overseas Aid Group) in September 2013 and will hold this post until September 2015. In addition, Chris was elected onto the Caritas Internationalis Council in May 2014.
Care International UK
Laurie joined CARE International UK as Chief Executive in August 2014. He previously worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led the team working on policy, advocacy and government relations in Africa. Prior to 2008, Laurie was a civil servant in the UK Government, mainly in the Department for International Development, in which his last position was Deputy Director and Head of the International Trade Department. From 2004 to 2006 Laurie served as Deputy Director and Foreign Policy Adviser on Africa to the UK Prime Minister, helping to negotiate some of the key agreements on debt, aid and HIV and AIDS reached during the UK’s presidency of the G8 in 2005.
Born in the UK and of Zambian heritage, Amanda is a committed Christian and member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Amanda has more than 20 years’ experience, extensive knowledge and expertise in working to alleviate poverty, injustice and inequality, with a special focus on women’s leadership, civic engagement and volunteering.
Prior to joining Christian Aid, her most recent appointment was as the Chief of Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation for the United Nations Volunteer Programme (UNDP), based in Germany. Prior to this she was the Director of Policy for VSO International, based in London, where she was responsible for programme policy and programme effectiveness across the whole federation and VSO global. She has also served as Head of External Relations and Head of Programmes at Skillshare International UK as well as Women in Business Coordinator at the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa in Lusaka where she began her career in international development.
Amanda has a Master’s degree in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick, and a Bachelor of Laws degree, from the University of Zambia.
Amanda has served as a trustee on the board of Bond and as President of Akina Mama wa Afrika. She became a trustee of Christian Aid in 2015 and stood down from the Board in order to apply for the Chief Executive position. She started as Chief Executive in April 2018.
She is married and has two children.
Rose Caldwell became Executive Director of Concern Worldwide (UK) in 2008.
During her leadership, Rose has brought to the forefront Concern Worldwide (UK)’s focus on hunger and malnutrition, the tackling of which is at the heart of addressing extreme poverty. Driven by her experience of working overseas with Concern Worldwide in emergency contexts in Burundi and Zimbabwe, Rose is also committed to ensuring that the organisation plays a key role in responding to those who are worst affected by the increasing number and scale of humanitarian crises.
A qualified chartered accountant by training, Rose has previously worked as a management consultant, as the Finance Director of a mental health charity and as Assistant Director for the Refugee Housing Association. Rose is currently on the Board of BOND and the DEC.
Islamic Relief Worldwide
Naser Haghamed has over 25 years of expertise in leadership in both the private and third sector, running company-wide operational functions, leading complex projects from inception to successful completion and making sound strategic decisions.
As a successful leader, mentor and negotiator, Naser has travelled across 35 countries, is fluent in three languages and has rich experience in dealing with people of different ages, cultures and backgrounds.
Naser has worked with Islamic Relief for 23 years in various leadership roles, including as Director of International Programmes and, more recently, Operations Director of the Islamic Relief Academy. Naser has also served on the boards of various private and third sector organisations, and has recently completed his MBA at Aston University.
Mark Goldring, CBE
As Chief Executive of Oxfam GB, Mark Goldring brings the needs of the world’s poorest people to a global stage – working with high level government and business leaders and influencing them to act decisively against the causes of poverty.
Goldring also manages Oxfam’s programmes in 55 countries; the organisation’s annual income of nearly £400m and thousands of staff and volunteers.
Under his leadership, the international NGO reached more than 13 million people direct last year - and through its influence, improved the lives of many more. This involved responding to emergencies, developing long-term projects for poor communities and campaigning for lasting change.
Goldring has decades of experience in international development. He was chief executive of VSO and worked in the field for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and Oxfam too, as Bangladesh country director in the 90s.
Before joining Oxfam, Goldring was chief executive of Mencap, the UK's leading disability charity. In his five years there, he led the continued growth of the charity’s support services and positioned it as a leading influencer on national disability and social care policy.
In recent years, he has also served as vice-chair of AMREF UK, the African health charity; as a board member of Accenture Development Partnerships; chair of the board of charity Revolving Doors and trustee of BRAC, the Bangladesh-based development agency.
Goldring read law at Oxford and has a Masters in social policy and planning in developing countries from the London School of Economics. His considerable services to tackling poverty and disadvantage were recognised in 2008 with a CBE.
Plan International UK
Starting out as a special needs teacher, and then a lecturer in Politics and Philosophy, in 1989 Tanya joined VSO, becoming their Head of Programmes for Eastern Europe and the CIS. After three years with the European Children’s Trust, in 1999 she was appointed as the first CEO of Home-Start International. During this period she was seconded to Brussels to manage a grant-making facility for the European Commission. From 1995-2002 Tanya was the Chair of the UNICEF NGO Committee for CEEC/CIS in Geneva.
Tanya was appointed as International Director at Leonard Cheshire Disability in 2004. She has co-authored various papers and edited two LCD books, Disability and Inclusive Development and Poverty and Disability. She became Chief Executive of Plan UK in January 2013. She holds various Trusteeships and is currently a Board Member of the World Bank’s Global Partnership on Disability and Development. In 2003 Tanya was given the European Woman of Achievement (Humanitarian) award.
Save the Children UK
Kevin joined Save the Children in September 2016, after spending three years as Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute. Previously, he held a senior academic role at the Brookings Institution, and acted as an adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Education, before which he spent seven years at the United Nations, as director and lead author of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report and UNDP’s Human Development Report.
He is a senior visiting research fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Global Economic Governance and a Visiting Professor of International Development at the London School of Economics.
Nigel Harris became chief executive of Tearfund, the humanitarian and development international NGO, in November 2015. With more than 1,100 staff globally, Tearfund works through partners and operational teams in the poorest communities in more than forty countries worldwide.
Nigel has a strong background in finance, relief and development. From 2011 to 2015 he was the chief executive of Farm Africa, a long-term rural development NGO focused on east Africa, and previously was chief of staff and chief operating officer at Save the Children UK. He has also worked as a consultant for the Department for International Development and Tearfund, and from 2010 to 2015 was a trustee of Medair, the Swiss-based humanitarian NGO. From 2004 to 2008, Nigel was the chief executive of New Philanthropy Capital, the charitable think tank and consultancy. He spent the earlier part of his career as an investment banker for Schroders.
Nigel is married to Teresa, and they have two children, both students. Nigel is an active member of St Michael's Church, Southfields in London and a graduate of Oxford University.
World Vision UK
Tim Pilkington is Chief Executive at World Vision UK, overseeing strategy, direction and performance towards our mission ‘to inspire the UK to take action that transforms the lives of the world’s poorest children’.
Tim joined the organisation in 2013 as Director of Finance and Risk and Company Secretary.
He began his career as a teacher before training as a tax consultant, and gaining an MBA from London Business School before being recruited by Shell. There, as Vice President in Finance, Tim became very involved in leadership and change management across finance.
Alongside his career, Tim has engaged in championing the development of young people and has been involved in setting up youth groups and coordinating youth ministries. From 2008 - 2012 Tim also volunteered at the charity More Than Gold, which coordinated the Christian work at the London 2012 Olympics, where he worked closely with the Operations Director and CEO on fundraising.
Tim is married to Gail, with two teenage children and lives near Cambridge. He is an active member of his local church and youth initiative.
Andy Green holds a number of Chairman, NED and advisory roles, linked by his passion for how technology transforms business and our daily lives.
He chairs IG Group plc, a global leader in online trading and the Digital Catapult, an initiative to help grow the UK Digital Economy. He is SID at Avanti plc, a global broadband satellite operator. He is advisory Chairman at npGroup, which offers technical resourcing solutions across the world. He also advises Tagos, DockOn and the Eight Great Technologies Fund.
He is President of UK Space, co-chair of the UK Space Leadership Council a member of the CBI President's Committee, a trustee of ABESU and The Tech Partnership, and is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute.
Recent previous roles include SID at ARM Holdings PLC, board member of the CBI, member of the Digital Economy Council and Chairman of DockOn AG.
Andy was CEO and a member of the board of Logica plc from January 2008 to August 2012. Prior to joining Logica, he had been a board member at BT Group plc from 2001. During his 21 years at BT, Andy held many senior positions, including CEO BT Global Services and CEO BT Openworld.
He previously served on boards in Europe, Asia and the US, including, until July 2008, the board of Navteq Inc. He began his career with Shell and subsequently joined Deloitte Haskins & Sells.
Having graduated in Music from York University, Jane spent her early career working as a professional musician before qualifying as a chartered accountant with KPMG, where she later became responsible for delivering corporate governance, internal audit and risk-management advisory services to large, regulated and listed clients in the North of England. Jane has held a number of executive roles, including Director of Audit, and Risk and Governance Director at Aviva’s UK Life business. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Jane has extensive experience of risk management, corporate governance and internal control. She also has wide experience in developing and monitoring customer and conduct risk frameworks.
Jane now has a portfolio of non-executive roles. She is Chair of the Board Risk Committee at Direct Line Group plc, Chairman of Reclaim Fund Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation, and an independent member of the Customer Fairness Committee at ReAssure Ltd. She has her own financial sector consulting business, and is also a magistrate.
Baroness helene hayman
Baroness Hayman read Law at Cambridge, where she was President of the Union. She was a Labour MP from 1974 to 1979 and entered the House of Lords in 1996. She served as a Government Minister, and then became the first elected Lord Speaker in 2006.
Since leaving office, Baroness Hayman has taken an increasing interest in issues relating to health in developing countries. As part of this work she undertook a VSO Parliamentary placement in Nepal and has become a Vice-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases. In 2011, she joined the Board of Trustees of the Sabin Vaccine Institute in the United States and completed an Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) fellowship on the pharmaceutical industry, with a particular focus on the developing world. She is also a trustee of the Malaria Consortium and joined the Board of the DEC in 2013.
Baroness Hayman currently serves as an independent member of the Political Service Honours Committee, on the Executive Committee of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, and as a lay member of the General Medical Council. She currently chairs Cambridge University Health Partners.
Baroness Hayman was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in 2012.
Charles Stewart-Smith is a Managing Director at Teneo Blue Rubicon which he joined in 2013, having previously served on the company’s Advisory Board. Charles started his career in journalism: on local newspapers in the North East, before joining the BBC and then ITN, where he served as Editor of News At Ten.
In 1992 Charles co-founded the media and government relations consultancy, Luther Pendragon.In 2000 Charles co-founded a similar business in Brussels called GPlus. He sold both companies in 2005. He then spent a number of years working on a portfolio of projects, before joining Teneo Blue Rubicon.
Charles has helped co-found two charities, both in the international development sector: The Romanian Orphanage Trust, which grew to become what is now EveryChild, and the medical emergency relief charity, Merlin, which has now become part of Save The Children. Charles has also served as a trustee of the political think-tank, Policy Exchange.
Richard tait, cbe
Richard Tait is Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University. He was Editor-in-Chief of ITN from 1995 to 2002. Before that he was Editor of Channel Four News and Editor of Channel 4 Programmes from 1987 to 1995.
He began his journalistic career in business magazines before joining the BBC in 1979 where he started as a researcher on the Money Programme, became a producer on Nationwide and then editor of The Money Programme, Newsnight, and the 1987 BBC Television General Election Results programme.
He was a Governor of the BBC from 2004 to 2006 and a BBC Trustee from 2006 to 2010. He is Treasurer of the International News Safety Institute and a Fellow of the Society of Editors and the Royal Television Society.
He was awarded a CBE in 2003 for services to broadcast journalism. In 2012 he received the RTS’s lifetime achievement award for his work at the BBC and ITN.