Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

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.

Independent trustees

Chair of Trustees
Sue Inglish

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.

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Vice Chair
Andy Green

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.

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Honorary Treasurer
Jane Hanson

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.

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Peter Barron
Independent Trustee
Peter Barron

Peter Barron is global head of communications for the online payments platform Stripe.

Previously, he spent 20 years in TV news and current affairs, followed by a decade at Google handling communications.

He was editor of the BBC's Newsnight from 2004-2008, and previously deputy editor at Channel 4 News and ITV's Tonight with Trevor McDonald.

He joined Google in 2008 and went on to become Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for the company in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

He is also a trustee of the House of Illustration.

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Independent Trustee
Melanie Hind

Melanie has guided financial services and non-profit organisations towards purpose-led outcomes that benefit consumers, build public trust, and drive sustainable societal impact for over 35 years.

She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, qualifying as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand and later became a partner in PwC. She also held senior leadership roles at insurer Friends Life Group.

Melanie spent six years as Executive Director, Board and Committee Member at the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), where she worked on corporate governance and stewardship, reporting, and ethical and technical audit and actuarial standards. She held non-executive roles at the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation, the Committee of European Auditing Oversight Bodies, the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators and the Lord Mayor of London's programme, The Business of Trust.

Melanie has experience as a non-profit non-executive in the UK and US, and is building a non-executive portfolio, chairing audit and risk committee, in the UK insurance sector. Most recently she has become an audit non-executive at KPMG UK, providing challenge and support to its audit practice in the public interest.

Melanie is married with three adult children. She is a sports fan and loves to travel.

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Independent Trustee
Tanya Steele

Tanya Steele leads the UK office of WWF, the world’s largest independent conservation organisation. She heads up WWF-UK at a critical time in which she is leading the delivery of an ambitious strategy to tackle the catastrophic decline in species and habitats across the world. From climate change to wildlife recovery, the food system to clean oceans – Tanya sees WWF as a critical force for influencing change.

Tanya began her career in the tech industry working in product development, marketing and communications in senior roles for Siemens and BT. After nearly 15 years in the private sector, and inspired by a volunteering assignment with the Red Cross, Tanya brought her corporate experience to the charity sector, joining Save the Children in 2004 as Executive Director of Marketing, Fundraising and Communications, and she later led the organisation as interim Chief Executive.

Whilst working in international development, Tanya saw first-hand the impact the environment has on people’s daily lives, particularly in communities which are less resilient to environmental pressures. Fusing her passion for, and experience of, human development and the environment, Tanya joined WWF-UK in January 2017 as its first female Chief Executive; its sixth since 1961.

Tanya is married and has a teenage son. She lives in North London and is a trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee.

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Independent Trustee
Charles Stewart-Smith

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.

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Member trustees

Action Against Hunger UK
Jean-Michel Grand

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.

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ActionAid UK
John Good

John Good is interim Chief Executive at ActionAid. He spent 15 years working with communities in lower income countries in both the private and not-for-profit sectors.

Based on his experience, he believes that if there is to be change, it must be driven from the grassroots upwards. This means enabling local communities to understand and demand that their rights are respected. This is the approach ActionAid takes to bring about lasting change in alleviating poverty and injustice and creating long-term positive change.

The work ActionAid carries out is complex, but with limited funds available they ensure those funds are used to maximise their impact on people’s lives.

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Age International
Chris Roles

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.

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British Red Cross
Mike Adamson

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.

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Christine Allen

Christine joined CAFOD as Director in March 2019.

Christine has held leadership positions at two faith-based international development organisations for the last 17 years, most recently as the Director of Policy and Public Affairs for Christian Aid.

Previously, Christine was Progressio’s Executive Director for 11 years from 2001-2012.

Before joining Progressio, she worked for 10 years in the area of housing, poverty and social exclusion in the UK as Head of Public Affairs at the National Housing Federation and Education Department Co-ordinator at CHAS.

Her career began as a field worker with the Justice and Peace Commission in the Archdiocese of Liverpool in 1987 and as CAFOD’s campaigns coordinator in 1989.

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CARE International UK
Eamon Cassidy

Eamon Cassidy joined CARE International UK as interim CEO in July 2022. He is an economist by training with over 30 years of experience in international development, including 16 years living and working in Africa and the Caribbean.

Eamon has worked in the private, public and third sectors, including 20 years with the former Department for International Development as an economic adviser in London, Malawi and Zimbabwe, as Country Director in Mozambique and Nigeria, and as Head of the joint DFID/BIS Trade Policy Unit. Eamon subsequently worked with Save the Children UK as Director of Programme Partnerships, and prior to joining CARE UK, was Managing Director of Nathan Associates, an economic development consultancy.

Eamon is a Trustee of Renewable World, a charity that promotes and supports the use of clean energy for development.

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Patrick Watt
Christian Aid
Patrick Watt

Patrick Watt is currently acting as interim CEO for Christian Aid, while the trustees make a decision on a permanent appointment.

Prior to this, he was Policy and Campaigns Director, responsible for leading Christian Aid’s influencing, mobilisation, and research and evidence in the UK and internationally, on issues of economic, environmental and social justice. The Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns department works with Christian Aid supporters and partners, to create public pressure for political change, shape policy, and create platforms where people in poverty are listened to and can claim their rights.

Patrick has widespread experience of working in development and humanitarian organisations, including Oxfam, ActionAid and Save the Children, on education, global health, aid policy, and debt and trade. He has engaged extensively with the UN, EU, and African Union, as well as with UK government and parliament.

He is committed to Christian Aid’s strategy of using prophetic voice to confront injustice, and of working with churches to achieve lasting change. He has degrees in Theology, from the University of Cambridge, and in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He is married, and has three children.

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Concern Worldwide
Danny Harvey

Danny has more than 20 years' experience in the humanitarian aid and development sector, working with a number of organisations, including Concern Worldwide across a number of countries including Cambodia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Indonesia and Ethiopia.

She previously served at senior management level with Concern in Southeast Asia and southern Africa for over 10 years. In Timor-Leste, she worked to restore livelihoods after the independence vote and violence of 2002 and in Zambia, she contributed to strengthening the Scaling up Nutrition platform with evidence and advocacy.

Danny also spent five years as the organisation’s Global Equality Advisor, and retains a passion and commitment to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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International Rescue Committee
Laura Kyrke-Smith

Laura became the Executive Director of International Rescue Committee UK in 2019.

Laura’s career spans the civil service, private and charity sectors. She joined the International Rescue Committee as Director of Communications for Europe in 2016. Prior to that she was a Partner at a communications consultancy, Portland, where she worked with government, corporate and not-for-profit clients, and then led the philanthropy and global impact practice. She started her career in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where she worked as a policy analyst and speechwriter.

Laura served for many years as a Trustee of Young Roots, working with young refugees and asylum seekers in the UK, Lebanon and Nepal. She also served on the youth Board of the foreign affairs think tank Chatham House.

Laura has a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a BA in History from the University of Cambridge. She juggles working life with raising three young children, with mixed success!

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Islamic Relief Worldwide
Waseem Ahmad

Waseem Ahmad joined the Islamic Relief family over 20 years ago, serving as Programme Officer in the Balochistan province of south-western Pakistan before becoming Head of Programmes in Pakistan. Waseem then moved to Oxfam and Tearfund before returning to Islamic Relief to establish their mission in Malawi. Later serving as Head of Programme Funding and Partnerships, Waseem led the response to major crises across the globe, including the East Africa drought, Pakistan earthquake and the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Waseem then served for nearly six years as Islamic Relief's Director of International Programmes, during which time the charity secured and retained the coveted Core Humanitarian Standard certification in recognition of the quality of its programming. He was appointed CEO of Islamic Relief in May 2021.

With a special interest in community mobilisation and infrastructure, Waseem received an MSc in Project Planning and Management from the University of Bradford, as well as an MSc in Economics from Arid Agriculture University in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Waseem has also worked for Lepra Health in Action and is a member of the Start Network’s Board of Trustees. The father-of-three enjoys walking and playing football, and is a keen birdwatcher.

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Oxfam GB
Dr Danny Sriskandarajah

Danny joined Oxfam GB as Chief Executive in January 2019.

Danny previously led CIVICUS, the Johannesburg-based alliance of civil society organisations with members in more than 180 countries. Prior to that, he spent four years as Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society and as Deputy Director and Director of Research at IPPR.

He was born in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and was initially raised in a rural community without electricity or running water. His family was displaced by the onset of a brutal civil war and Danny spent time in Papua New Guinea and Australia, where he went to school and university.

Danny moved to the UK in 1998 and completed his Masters and Doctorate in international development at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, with the focus of his doctoral thesis being ‘Development, inequality and conflict’. He became a British citizen in 2010.

The contrast between the wealth and opportunity of life in the global north with his early years in rural Sri Lanka has given him a passion to take on the root causes of poverty, and he is committed to Oxfam's long-standing approach to speaking out against injustice.

In the media, Danny has been a regular contributor to outlets including BBC World Service, the Guardian, Al Jazeera and HuffPost. You can find him on Twitter @dhnnjyn.

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Plan International UK
Rose Caldwell

Rose Caldwell became Chief Executive of Plan International UK in 2019.

Previously she was Executive Director of Concern Worldwide (UK), serving since 2008. During this time, Rose 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.

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Save the Children UK
Gwen Hines

Gwen joined Save the Children in March 2018. She has worked in international development for over 20 years, most recently as International Programmes Director at the Department for International Development (DFID), where she led the Multilateral Development Review, benchmarking 41 organisation and identifying areas for improvement.

Prior to that she was UK Executive Director for the World Bank Group (2012-2015), where she helped to broker major reforms to the Bank's procurement and evaluation policies and provided oversight of Britain's $5 billion funding. Gwen has also held the post of Country Director for DFID in Bangladesh and Malawi, and she has played a variety of strategic roles shaping the UK's engagement with Africa through the G8, DFID's strategy on HIV/AIDS, and approaches to EU enlargement.

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Nigel Harris

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.

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World Vision UK
Mark Sheard

Mark Sheard took over as Interim Chief Executive at World Vision UK in March 2020. Mark has been deeply engaged with World Vision since 2007, serving on the Board for nine years between 2007-2016, including a four-year spell as Chair. Since coming to the end of his term on the Board, Mark and his wife Lois have continued their association with World Vision as ambassadors to High Level Donors and in Church links.

Mark enjoyed a successful career in advertising and marketing, creating one the of the UK’s most successful marketing communications businesses before merging it into a multinational group in 2000. In 2001, Mark founded the Whatnext? Consultancy to provide marketing and corporate development advice to commercial and ethical organisations.

In 2017 Mark was appointed by Archbishop Justin Welby to the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England and currently serves in a variety of roles in including as Chair of the Mission and Public Affairs Council, and Co-Chair of the Evangelism and Discipleship Steering Group.

Mark graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in History and is married to Lois. They have lived in Ealing for over 30 years and are members of St John’s Church, Ealing, where Mark is a Licensed Lay Minister and has served in a variety of leadership roles.

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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. Ensures the right policies and procedures including policies and management processes for safeguarding and other serious incidents are in place for the DEC Secretariat.
Committee chair: Andy Green, CBE
Current members: Mike Adamson, Peter Barron, Jane Hanson, Nigel Harris, Sue Inglish, Chris Roles, Mark Sheard, Danny Sriskandarajah, Charles Stewart-Smith.

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: Waseem Ahmad, Christine Allen, John Good, Andy Green, Gwen Hines, Patrick Watt.

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