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Oxfam's CEO, Directors and Trustees

The day-to-day operation of Oxfam is overseen by a corporate Leadership Team comprised of the Chief Executive and seven divisional directors. The Chief Executive is responsible to the Trustees for the management of Oxfam. 

Oxfam's Leadership Team

Mark Goldring, CEO

Mark Goldring

I became chief executive of Oxfam GB in May 2013.

My previous experience within international development over the past decades has included being chief executive of VSO; in the field for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), and as Oxfam's country director in Bangladesh in the early 1990s.

A key part of my role is to bring the issues faced by the world's poorest people to a global stage, meeting high level government and business leaders - both in the UK and internationally - to influence them to act against the causes of poverty.

I head up Oxfam GB's work around the world, manage our income - which in 2015-16 stood at £414.7m - and lead 4,500 staff and 23,000 volunteers who are based around the world. In 2015-16, Oxfam supported nearly 9 million people in 31 humanitarian emergencies and reached 11.6 million people.

I am also currently chair of the British Overseas Aid Group (BOAG), an umbrella agency representing Oxfam, ActionAid, CAFOD, Christian Aid and Save the Children.

In recent years I have served as vice-chair of AMREF UK, the African health charity, as a board member of Accenture Development Partnerships, as chair of the board of charity Revolving Doors and as trustee of BRAC, the Bangladesh-based development agency.

Before joining Oxfam, I was chief executive of Mencap, the UK's leading disability charity. There I led the continued growth of its support services and positioned it as a leading influencer on national disability and social care policy.

Education and recent awards

Mark read law at Oxford, and has a Masters in social policy and planning in developing countries from the London School of Economics. He was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to tackling poverty and disadvantage. And he was given the Daniel Phelan Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 2016 Charity Awards, recognising his exceptional career in the voluntary sector which spans three decades.

Alison Hopkinson, Finance & IS Director

Alison Hopkinson

After I qualified (a few years ago!) as a chartered accountant at PwC, I joined a wide area network company called Telematics, where I learned the basics of my trade. Later I joined a small, new, entrepreneurial company called Dell, which grew into the world's largest PC company! What I enjoyed then - and still do - was the fast moving, responsive environment as well as the strong focus on people. But I wanted to make a real difference, not only by having an impact on the organisation I worked in, but also by improving people's lives. So after I had spent some time at the FD Centre advising a range of companies on their finances, I joined Tearfund, an international Christian development charity, as Finance and IT Director.

I feel very privileged to have joined Oxfam (in December 2015). I can make a real difference to people's lives across the world, and once again lead change and create simplicity around the services we provide to the organisation, removing any unnecessary complexity.

I have been happily married to Peter for 34 years and we have two children, two Labradors and four chickens.

Andrew Horton, Trading Director

Andrew Horton

I joined Oxfam GB as Trading Director in November 2011. I'm responsible for the organisation's 650 shops, 26,000+ strong volunteer workforce, and other commercial activities such as the Oxfam Online Shop, the Wastesaver textile recycling plant and Oxfam's 'boutiques'.

As an experienced retail industry professional, I spent my early retail career at Clarks before working for 10 years as a director of an international confectionery retailer. I then spent seven years as Head of Franchising at French Connection and Nicole Farhi, before becoming Group Retail Director at Ben Sherman. Prior to joining Oxfam GB, I was the Managing Director of footwear company Dune International Ltd. I have operated and developed shop networks in 47 countries and travelled to 40+ others.

I studied at UEA and have a degree in Development Studies. I'm originally from Liverpool and now live in Hampshire with my wife Jane. I joined Oxfam because I thought it would be a challenging role, where I could keep learning and have the chance to use my degree and retail experience together to make a difference.

Tim Hunter, Fundraising Director

Tim Hunter

As Director of Fundraising at Oxfam GB, I lead a team mobilising £100 million a year to support the goal of a world free from the injustice of poverty.

Prior to joining Oxfam, I was International Fundraising Director for UNICEF, based in Geneva, for 5 years. During this period UNICEF's private sector income grew strongly to $1.5 billion. I led a global fundraising team operating in more than 50 countries and working with flagship corporate partners. Before UNICEF I worked for a number of high profile UK non-profits including Shelter and the NSPCC, where I was involved in the highly successful FULL STOP Campaign.

I have been Chair of the International Fundraising Congress which, held annually is the largest global event for fundraising and development, and am a regular speaker in the non-profit sector.


Tim is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

Penny Lawrence, Deputy Chief Executive

Penny Lawrence

As Deputy Chief Executive, I work with the CEO and other Leadership Team members to lead Oxfam on change and strategic alignment as Oxfam transforms to be more globally balanced, more relevant and impactful. I lead Oxfam GB's organisational change programme, known as Transform.

My role is to ensure that our change agendas enable us to develop an increasingly confident new organisational identity as Oxfam GB, as well helping Oxfam International to increase its influence. I work to ensure that we develop more coherent and aligned planning and business processes to improve our organisational performance and effectiveness. I also manage our people teams (talent, HR, organisational development). This element of my role will move to a new People Director in spring 2017.

I joined Oxfam GB back in March 2006 as International Programmes Director, the strategic and operational lead for Oxfam's programme teams across 60 countries. I also provided strategic leadership across Oxfam and Oxfam International to influence the Oxfam-wide change which was shaping the confederation to become a more globally balanced organisation in order to increase its impact on poverty. My career with Oxfam GB has combined both my passion for social justice and my interest in organisational development.

Outside Oxfam I am Chair of Refugee Action and also sit on various advisory committees, e.g. the Oxford University's Centre for the Study of African Economies, and IKEA's sustainability advisory board. I was Chair of ICVA (International Council of Voluntary Agencies) from 2012-2015.

I started my career as a teacher and was International Programmes Director at VSO before joining Oxfam. My experience of over 30 years in the development field has included living and working in Sudan, Zimbabwe and Ghana as well as the UK.

My particular interests in the development/humanitarian field include women's rights and economic leadership, building resilience in vulnerable communities and cross-sectoral collaboration, e.g. big business deriving societal as well as economic value.

Jack Lundie, Communications Director

Jack Lundie

I joined Oxfam in April 2014 after three and a half years at Save the Children, where I helped develop a content-led, brand marketing approach behind their landmark communications campaigns on Syria, newborn mortality, Christmas Jumpers and TV entertainment collaboration.

I'm committed to engaging audiences using the power of multi-channel, social engagement. My wide-ranging experience in this area includes marketing, content creation, production and strategy, across a range of media from television and music to events and advertising. I love to apply my passion for storytelling to projects that make a positive difference on an ambitious scale.

Before Save the Children, I worked at the BBC in a variety of roles, including strategic creative development for London 2012, Deputy Editor of Blue Peter and as innovation lead for BBC Sport. Prior to this, I led Comic Relief's interactive team through two Red Nose Days and a Sport Relief, and managed the creative team at Bath-based marketing agency Real Adventure. I love reggae, have run a sub-4 London Marathon (3:59:23) and my five greatest achievements are aged 18, 16, 7, 5 and 1.

Cherian Mathews, International Programmes Director, Oxfam GB

Cherian Mathews

I became International Programmes Director in May 2016. My role provides strategic leadership and direction to Oxfam GB programmes in Asia, Africa, Middle East and the Latin America and Caribbean. I oversee the delivery of programmes worth approximately £300m annually working with a team of over 3,000 staff.

I first joined Oxfam in 2003 and since then have undertaken strategic leadership roles in managing long-term development, humanitarian and campaigns work at the country and regional levels. Before my current role, I was the Asia Regional Director and led major humanitarian responses in the region, including the typhoon in the Philippines in 2014 and our Nepal earthquake response in 2015.

I've led on innovative and collaborative programmes in women's rights, increasing resilience and economic justice, and also represented Oxfam at high level policy events as part of global campaigning work, on food and climate, and inequality. I aim to combine thought leadership with operational leadership, and have a deep commitment to amplifying diverse southern voices.

Before joining Oxfam, I worked for Action Aid as a regional manager and provided leadership on programme development, policy advocacy, partnerships management and fund raising. My career spans over 25 years' experience of working with local, national and international NGOs.


Cherian has a Masters in Social Work from Utkal University in India. He has completed the Oxford advanced management programme at Oxford University's Saïd Business School, and a leadership programme at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Tina Proudlock, People Director

Tina Proudlock

I have just joined Oxfam as People Director. I chose HR as a career because I enjoy finding ways to enable people to be the best version of themselves, enhancing their skills and capabilities as teams and individuals. I love learning, and have enjoyed my journey in HR in two very different organisations whilst deepening my "toolkit" of HR practice.

I am now at a point in my career where I want to use that knowledge to impact not just the people who work for the organisation, but in turn make a positive difference to people worldwide whom Oxfam supports in so many ways.

About Tina

Tina comes to Oxfam with a breadth of experience in leading HR functions in the business sector. She started in HR in Virgin Retail and has spent the last eight years at Affinion - an international global engagement solutions business. There she developed and delivered an international HR strategy to support a growing, fast-changing and complex matrix business.

Matthew Spencer, Campaigns, Policy and Influencing Director

Matthew Spencer

I joined Oxfam as Director of Campaigns, Policy and Influencing in September 2016. I'm responsible for driving Oxfam's key campaigns, including inequality, rights in crisis, women's rights and food and climate justice.

I've spent much of the last 30 years working on UK and international environmental issues, initially as an ecologist, then as a campaigner and most recently as an advocate for a greener economy. Before joining Oxfam I was director of Green Alliance, the UK's leading environmental think tank, working with civil society, business and political leaders to achieve policy change.

Prior to that, I was head of government affairs at the Carbon Trust, and campaign director at Greenpeace UK, where I developed its campaigning strategy. I was also the founding chief executive of the renewable energy agency Regen SW.

The early part of my career was spent working on tropical forest conservation in Latin America. This gave me valuable exposure to rural development challenges and public campaigning, inspiring an enduring interest in bringing about social and political change for a fairer and more sustainable world.

I'm passionate about the power of people and organisations to make a positive impact on poverty and inequality. I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to work with Oxfam staff, supporters and partners to champion a more humane world.

Oxfam's Trustees

Oxfam's trustees are ultimately responsible in law for the charity, its assets and activities.

They form the Council of Trustees, which is the governing body of the Association of Oxfam (a not-for-profit limited-liability company). They are appointed because of their commitment to Oxfam and their experience and skills which enable them to undertake the responsibilities of trusteeship of a large and complex charity. 

Reports on council meetings can be found on the plans, reports and policies pages.

Karen Brown, Chair

Karen Brown

Karen Brown was previously Vice Chair of ActionAid International and Chair of ActionAid UK. She began her career at Granada Television. In 1987 she joined Channel 4 as Deputy Commissioning Editor of News and Current Affairs (with particular responsibility for "Dispatches"), before being appointed Commissioning Editor for Education (1992), Controller of Factual Programmes (1996), and ultimately Deputy Director of Programmes (1997-2000). Subsequently she has been a management and communications consultant in Whitehall and for several publicly funded bodies. She holds an LlB from the University of Bristol. Karen is Chair of Booktrust and a Governor of Ravensbourne. Karen sits on the Board of Supervisors of Oxfam International and is a member of its Finance and Audit Committee.

Gavin Stewart, Vice Chair

Gavin Stewart

Gavin's working career has been spent in the financial services industry primarily with Insurance and Investment Management companies across a range of different disciplines from IT to Marketing. He was Chief Executive of Resolution Asset Management for over 5 years.

He has been a long term Oxfam supporter and has been involved with the Enterprise Development Programme from its early days and now sits on its Board. He is also involved with the Small Enterprise Impact Investment Fund where he is on the Investment Advisory Committee and from its founding in 2010 he has been the Chair of the Oxfam Scotland Advisory Group.

Gavin has been involved in a number of other voluntary roles including chairing his local school board, working with Pilotlight (a charity he highly recommends), and being a member of the Glasgow University Investment Advisory Committee.

He is a keen sports fan - mainly of Partick Thistle - and plays the bagpipes, a fact which he says is difficult to keep quiet.

Caroline Thomson, Chair designate

Caroline Thomson

Caroline Thomson is chair of Digital UK, the body which is responsible for digital terrestrial television, and Chair designate of Oxfam. She is a non-executive director of The Vitec Group plc (and chair of its remuneration committee) and of CN media group. She is also a non-executive director of UK Government Investments and chair of its remuneration committee. In the arts world Caroline is a trustee of English National Ballet, where she recently retired as Executive Director. She was trustee and deputy Chairman of the National Gallery until 2016 - and is a trustee of Tullie House Gallery in Cumbria. She is deputy chair of NHS Improvement and a director of London First.

Caroline stepped down from her role as Chief Operating Officer at the BBC in 2012 after serving twelve years as a member of the Executive Board. She had previously been Director of Policy & Deputy Chief Executive of the World Service. She was founder Chair of the BBC World Service Trust.

Caroline received an honourary doctorate from York University in 2013 and was made an honourary fellow of the University of Cumbria in 2015. She is a member of the council of the University of York and a trustee of The Conversation, an online independent source of news and views.

David Pitt-Watson, Hon. Treasurer

David Pitt-Watson

David Pitt-Watson is an Executive Fellow at London Business School, and Chair of the UN Environment Programme's Finance Initiative. He is co-founder of Hermes "shareholder stewardship" businesses, which became the largest of any investment manager in the world. They established Hermes as a global leader in good governance and responsible investment.

His early career was spent at Deloitte, where he was a partner for twelve years, ultimately running its strategy consultancy practice. He was for two years the Finance Director of the UK Labour Party, including responsibility for the integrity of its financial systems and fundraising.

A graduate of Oxford and Stanford Universities, David was Visiting Professor at Cranfield University School of Management from 1990 to 1996. He has published widely on issues of governance and responsible investment. He has worked particularly closely with Oxfam as a member of the Investment Committee of its Enterprise Development Programme.

Ken Caldwell

Ken Caldwell

Ken Caldwell is (from January 2017) the Executive Director of WaterAid International. Prior to this appointment, he led a consulting practice for seven years, working with leading global international NGO federations on issues of strategy, governance, and programme effectiveness. In earlier roles, Ken has worked as the International Programmes Director of Save the Children, as Chief Executive of Sussex Enterprise, as Deputy Director of Voluntary Service Overseas, and as a consultant with McKinsey and Co.

Ken has also served in a wide variety of non-executive roles in the not-for-profit sector, including as a Board member of the Institute of Development Studies, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the Children's Society, and the National Centre for Social Research, the UK Roundtable on Sustainable Development, and as the founding Chair of BOND.

Ken is a member of the Programme Committee at Oxfam GB.

Kul Gautam

Kul Gautam

Kul Gautam, a citizen of Nepal, is a development professional with a three-decade long career at the United Nations. He retired as Assistant Secretary-General of the UN and Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF. He served as Regional Director of UNICEF for the Asia Pacific region; as Country Representative for Laos, Haiti and India; Programme Chief for Latin America and the Caribbean; and Program Officer in Cambodia and Indonesia. Mr. Gautam's work at the UN involved policy advocacy, programme management, and resource mobilization, in areas including socio-economic development, child rights, and humanitarian assistance.

Currently Mr Gautam informally advises Nepal's senior political and civil society leadership on the peace process, consolidation of democracy and socio-economic development. Along with other prominent Nepali citizens, Mr Gautam led a Rollback Violence Campaign in 2008 to 2010, and served as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Nepal on International Affairs and the Peace Process during 2010 to 2011.

Kul Gautam also serves on the Boards or advisory councils of a number of international and national organisations, charitable foundations and public private partnerships, including RESULTS Inc (USA), GoodWeave International (USA), Global Partnership for Education, Arigatou International (Japan) and as a Rotarian.

Lois Jacobs

Lois Jacobs

Lois Jacobs is Worldwide CEO at Landor, a branding and design consultancy with 27 offices in 21 countries.

Prior to joining Landor in 2013, she was CEO of FITCH, a global retail branding and design consultancy with studios in 9 countries.

Both Landor and FITCH are part of the marketing services group, WPP.

Between 1999 and 2009 Lois was President International of the Interpublic owned experiential marketing agency, Jack Morton Worldwide. During that time, she delivered worldwide campaigns for large corporate clients. Additionally, she created and led the public events practice, producing two Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, two G8 Summits and a number of other smaller brand experiences for governments and capital cities around the world. She was retained as a consultant in Beijing to advise on the production of the 2008 Olympic Ceremonies.

Prior to Jack Morton she led her own experiential marketing company which was acquired by Saatchi & Saatchi.

In addition to her role at Landor she sits on the board of Barrows, the retail marketing specialists and the Faculty Board of Advisors for Southampton Business School.

Wakkas Khan

Wakkas Khan

Wakkas Khan is a community organiser, social entrepreneur and dental surgeon. His professional career has covered the fields of healthcare, international diplomacy, education and community cohesion, and he has acted as an advisor for various government departments. Wakkas is currently the Chair of Mosaic North West, a charitable mentoring initiative founded and supported by HRH Prince of Wales, and a member of the Nominations Committee at the University of Manchester. Prior to this he sat on senior level Boards at the General Dental Council, and was a governor at both The Christie Hospital and St Chrysostom's Primary School.

Earlier in his career Wakkas worked with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Engaging With The Islamic World Group, and was a member of the Faith Advisory Panel of Experts to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Wakkas qualified in dentistry in 2004. He first volunteered for Oxfam as an 18 year old at the Manchester Oxford Road store. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a keen sports fan, visiting Old Trafford a few times a season.

Lidy Nacpil

Lidy Nacpil

Lidy Nacpil is from the Philippines and based in Manila. She is an activist, organiser and campaigner with over 30 years of experience on many issues including human rights, peace, women's rights and empowerment, economic justice and sustainable development, essential services, debt and public finance, tax justice, climate justice and transformation of energy systems.

Lidy has helped to organise grassroots movements as well as establish, manage and co-ordinate broad campaign coalitions. She has also served as a board member on various coalitions and NGOs. Her roles as co-ordinator and board member includes the Asian Peoples' Movements on Debt and Development, the Global Campaign to demand Climate Justice, the International Board of, the Philippine Movement for Climate Change, and being Chair of SANLAKAS (national alliance of peoples organisations in the Philippines).

Before becoming a trustee Lidy had a number of experiences of working with Oxfam GB and other members of the Oxfam family.

Ruth Ruderham

Ruth Ruderham

Ruth is Director of Development at the Prince's Trust International where she is responsible for creating this new charity's fundraising and income generation strategy. Ruth has worked in the voluntary sector for 15 years, leading fundraising strategies and teams at some of the UK's best known charities, including Christian Aid, Friends of the Earth and Crisis. Most recently she was Executive Head of Fundraising and Enterprise at the Canal & River Trust, one of the UK's largest ever start up charities.

Ruth sits on the Trustee Audit and Finance Group and chairs the Fundraising and Communications Committee of the Galapagos Conservation Trust. Ruth was awarded Professional Fundraiser of the Year in 2005 and speaks internationally on fundraising and movement building. She is a member of several advisory panels including Rogare, the Fundraising Think Tank of the Centre for Sustainable Development at Plymouth University and the Institute of Fundraising National Convention.

Katy Steward

Katy Steward

Since 2006 Katy has been with the King's Fund, the UK's leading independent health policy organisation, and is currently Assistant Director, Leadership. Prior to that she was Head of Governance Policy at Monitor Health Regulator for the Foundation Trusts of NHS hospitals, and held a number of positions including being a consultant for KPMG and Vice President of Citigroup. She is especially interested in principle led leadership and values, structure and leading complex change. At the King's Fund she works with regulators and at board level to define roles, change strategies and to develop leaders and cultures. She is currently working with the Care Quality Commission to define the new regulatory standard for their inspection regime around whether an organisation is well led and has a culture conducive to compassionate care.

Katy is interested in knowledge management and worked as an Associate of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge in 2002 on a joint report, with Professor Sandra Dawson - 'Getting value from Knowledge'. She is a trustee of AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation).

Nkoyo Toyo

Nkoyo Toyo

Nkoyo is an MP for the PDP in Nigeria, and was formerly the Nigerian Ambassador to Ethiopia. She is a lawyer and development consultant, and in 1994 founded Gender and Development Action (GADA). She is Executive Director, and co-ordinates work around policy and programme, particularly related to gender awareness and women's equal participation in development.

Nkoyo has undertaken a variety of consultancy roles on policy, gender and development issues (primarily in Nigeria, but elsewhere in Africa too). She has worked for many development partners, including the United Nations, World Bank, European Union, DfID and UNIFEM. She has served as board member on many committees including that of the Commonwealth Foundation as a member of the Civil Society Advisory Committee and Board of Trustees.

Nkoyo has been keenly interested in politics, and emerged as a candidate for the People's Democratic Party (PDP) at the April 2011 Nigerian elections.

Steve Walton

Steve Walton

Steve is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and, for 24 years, was an audit and business advisory ('ABAS') partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC).

He has had considerable experience in advising multi-national and domestic, listed and private companies in the UK and overseas, in all sectors including governing bodies. Most recently, he was the leader of PWC assurance services to PE backed businesses and was a member of the London Executive and the ABAS National Regional Executive. He was also the partner responsible for Assurance Risk and Quality in London Mid Tier. He retired from PwC in June 2012.

Steve's main current non-executive appointment is as a Council member and Officer of Nottingham University which has campuses in the UK, Malaysia and China and a turnover in excess of £500m. He is also Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance and Strategy Committees. Previously he was Honorary Treasurer of 'The Seashell Trust'.