DEC appoints fundraising expert to board


The Disasters Emergency Committee has today announced that fundraising consultant Ken Burnett will be joining its board as an independent trustee.

Ken Burnett was Director of Fundraising and Communications at ActionAid and later served as the organisation’s Chairman.  After leaving ActionAid he founded the agency Burnett Associates before working as an independent consultant.  His appointment to the DEC board will take effect from the next meeting on 12 December.
The Disasters Emergency Committee brings together the leading UK aid agencies to raise money in times of humanitarian crisis in poorer countries.  It does this through a unique partnership with broadcasters including the BBC, ITN, ITV, Sky and Channel 4 as well support from organisations including BT, Royal Mail, the Post Office and the British Bankers Association.  
Mr Burnett brings with him a strong background in charity governance and particular skills in fundraising and communication.  He will be well placed to help the trustees oversee the implementation of the DEC’s new fundraising strategy, which will see a significant increase in the use of digital fundraising and a greater role for individual member agencies in promoting appeals.
New DEC Trustee Ken Burnett said:
“I’ve had a very long interest and involvement with the DEC and its members, so although I was absolutely not looking to take on another voluntary role this is such a special organisation that I could not resist.   
“The DEC is unique and faces some unique challenges. I really hope I can contribute to what is a great British institution in which the pubic places so much trust.”
DEC Deputy Chairman Jeremy Bennett said:
“We were looking for an independent trustee with a very strong track record in fundraising and communications.  In Ken we have found an exceptional individual with a wealth of experience and a great perspective on what donors really want from the DEC. 
“Saxton Bamfylde did a great job in connecting us with a field of very talented individuals for the post. We are absolutely delighted that Ken has accepted a place on the DEC board.”
The full DEC board is made up of the chief executives of the 14 member agencies plus up to six independent members. The current board is comprised of:

  • Clive Jones, CBE, Chairman DEC board of trustees; Membership and Accountability Committee
  • Mohammed Ashmaway, Chief Executive Islamic Relief
  • Chris Bain, Director CAFOD
  • Jeremy Bennett, Deputy Chairman, Independent Trustee; Chair Membership & Accountability
  • Ken Burnett, Independent Fundraising Consultant
  • Justin Byworth, Chief Executive World Vision UK; Membership & Accountability
  • Rose Caldwell, Executive Director Concern Worldwide UK; Audit, Finance and Risk
  • Geoffrey Dennis, Chief Executive Care International UK
  • Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive Save the Children
  • Matthew Frost, Chief Executive Tearfund; Membership and Accountability
  • Ann Grant, Independent Trustee, Vice Chairman Standard Chartered Capital Markets Ltd; Membership and Accountability
  • Carolyn Miller, Chief Executive Merlin; Membership & Accountability
  • Richard Miller, Director ActionAid UK; Audit, Finance and Risk Committe
  • Loretta Minghella, Director Christian Aid; Membership and Accountability
  • Marie Staunton, Chief Executive of Plan UK
  • Barbara Stocking, Chief Executive Oxfam GB
  • Clare Thompson, Independent Trustee, Honorary Treasurer; Chair Audit, Finance and Risk; Membership & Accountability.
  • John Willis, Independent Trustee, Chief Executive, Mentorn Media; Membership and Accountability
  • Tom Wright CBE, Chief Executive Age UK
  • Sir Nicholas Young, Chief Executive British Red Cross, Membership & Accountability

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Notes to editors                              

  • Ken Burnett plans to settle into the role and meet all the members before giving interviews.
  • In 2010 the DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal raised £107m and the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal raised £72m and in 2011 the East Africa Crisis Appeal raised £79m.
  • The DEC consists of: ActionAid, Age UK, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Plan UK, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund, World Vision.