New Deputy Chair for DEC


The Disasters Emergency Committee has today announced that Jeremy Bennett, former HM Treasury bank bail out specialist, has joined its board of trustees as Deputy Chairman.

Jeremy Bennett is also to be Senior Advisor to HM Treasury on the Vickers Commission and is currently a Non-executive Director at Nomura.   
Jeremy has previously worked with Andrew Mitchell’s social action project Umubano in Rwanda.  He was CEO of the Asset Projection Agency and was a Senior Advisor to Hector Sants of the Financial Services Authority.  He has a unique background in international finance, including a great deal of work involving emerging markets.  He was formally on the Operating Committee of Credit Suisse globally.
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 Bennett will Chair the Membership and Nominations Committee, which is responsible for assessing applications from major UK aid agencies wishing to join the DEC and appointing new independent trustees to the organisation’s board.
The DEC’s new Deputy Chairman Jeremy Bennett said:
“The DEC is a great example of exactly the sort of thing the British do best.  The member agencies have a wide variety of skills and specialities and are all driven by a desire for individual excellence.  When disaster strikes the members are able to put aside any thought of their own organisations interests and work together for the greater good.”
“I don’t want to break a tried and tested formula but I hope to use my skills and knowledge to help make the DEC even more effective and efficient.  Even a modest improvement in an organisation like this could make a huge difference for the people we are helping.
“I know from experience the challenge businesses face in giving money to charity is demonstrating the link to their work.  I would like to help highlight to companies with interests in countries affected by major disasters that it is also in their interests to help at times of crisis.”
DEC Chairman Clive Jones said:
 "Jeremy brings a wealth of corporate and senior management experience to the board and a proven commitment to humanitarian causes.  His experience and knowledge will strengthen the DEC"
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 Nominations Committee
  • Richard Miller, Director ActionAid UK, Audit Committee
  • Tom Wright CBE, Chief Executive Age UK, Fundraising
  • Sir Nicholas Young, Chief Executive British Red Cross, Audit, Membership & Nominations
  • Chris Bain, Director CAFOD, Accountability
  • Geoffrey Dennis, Chief Executive Care International UK
  • Loretta Minghella, Director Christian Aid, Accountability
  • Rose Caldwell, Executive Director Concern Worldwide UK, Audit
  • Saleh Saeed, Chief Executive Islamic Relief, Accountability
  • Carolyn Miller, Chief Executive Merlin, Membership & Nominations, Fundraising
  • Barbara Stocking, Chief Executive Oxfam GB
  • Marie Staunton, Chief Executive of Plan UK, (Subcommittee to be agreed)
  • Matthew Frost, Chief Executive Tearfund, Accountability
  • Justin Byworth, Chief Executive World Vision UK, Membership & Nominations
  • Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive Save the Children, (Subcommittee to be agreed)
  • Jeremy Bennett, Deputy Chairman, Independent Trustee, Chair Membership & Nominations
  • Ann Grant, Independent Trustee, Vice Chairman Standard Chartered Capital Markets Ltd, Accountability, Fundraising, Membership & Nominations
  • John Willis, Independent Trustee, Chief Executive, Mentorn Media, Accountability, Membership & Nominations, Fundraising
  • Clare Thompson, Independent Trustee, Honourary Treasurer, Chair Audit; Membership & Nominations 

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Notes to editors

  • Jeremy Bennett 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 £71m and in 2011 the East Africa Crisis Appeal raised £75m.
  • 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.