Who we are
Who we are
Representatives of six of the 15 DEC member charities launch the Coronavirus Appeal in Scotland. Image: DEC
The DEC is made up of 15 member charities who are experts in humanitarian aid and specialise in different areas of disaster response. They come together to speak in one voice and make fundraising more efficient when we launch an appeal.
Our members fund our running costs, and we give them back the money we raise in our appeals to carry out their vital work.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The DEC is governed by a board of trustees made up of the chief executives of our 15 member charities and up to six independent trustees. The board has ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the DEC and ensuring that it remains true to its charitable purpose and objectives.
The staff of the DEC Secretariat in May 2022.
A small secretariat of 23 permanent staff is responsible for launching appeals, the day-to-day running of the organisation and the planning and execution of its strategic objectives.
Led by the Chief Executive, the secretariat is split into four teams: Communications, Fundraising, Resources & Finance, and Programmes & Accountability.
British Airways cabin crew Diane Lewis, Jane Lloyd-Mostyn and Julie Hick with DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed ahead of the March 2022 Concert for Ukraine.
RAPID RESPONSE NETWORK
Our Rapid Response Network of national media and corporate partners helps us raise the alarm to the UK public. Our poweful partnerships help us reach more people and set up easy ways to donate at times of disaster overseas. Image: Barney Guiton/DEC
Staff at the Red Cross field hospital hold a baby they helped to deliver in the Rohingya refugee camps, Bangladesh. Image: Paddy Dowling/DEC
Emergency Appeals Alliance
The DEC is part of a global alliance of similar humanitarian coalitions called the Emergency Appeals Alliance (EAA).
JOBS AND VOLUNTEERING
See job opportunities at the DEC secretariat and find out about volunteering in the UK and overseas.