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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 became Chief Executive of Oxfam GB in May 2013.  

Mark brings the issues faced by the world's poorest people to a global stage, meeting high level government and business leaders to influence them to act against the causes of poverty.  He also manages Oxfam's programme work across the world, and the organisation's annual income of £400m, 5,000 staff and thousands of volunteers in the UK and overseas.

Mark has decades of experience within international development: as 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.

Before joining Oxfam he was Chief Executive of the UK's leading disability charity, Mencap, for five years. He led the continued growth of its support services and positioned it as a leading influencer on national disability and social care policy.  In recent years he has 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.

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.

Matthew Spencer - Campaigns, Policy and Influencing Director

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

Matthew has 30 years' experience of UK and international environmental issues. Before joining Oxfam he was director of Green Alliance which conducts research on energy, resource stewardship and the natural environment, working with civil society, business and political leaders to achieve policy change.

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

Matthew spent the early part of his career working on tropical forest conservation in Latin America. This exposed him to rural development challenges and public campaigning and led to an enduring interest in bringing about social and political change, as well as acquiring fluent Spanish.

Tim Hunter, Fundraising Director

Tim Hunter is Director of Fundraising at Oxfam GB. In this role he leads a team mobilising £100 million a year to support the goal of a world free from the injustice of poverty.

Prior to joining Oxfam, he 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. He led a global fundraising team operating in more than 50 countries and working with flagship corporate partners. Prior to UNICEF he worked for a number of high profile UK non profits including Shelter - the National Campaign for Homeless People and the NSPCC, where he played a central role in the highly successful FULL STOP Campaign.

A regular speaker in the non-profit sector, he has also been Chair of the International Fundraising Congress, which held annually is the largest global event for fundraising and development. Tim is a graduate of the London School of Economics.

Jack Lundie, Communications Director

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

Committed to engaging audiences using the power of multi-channel, social engagement, he has wide-ranging experience in marketing, content creation, production and strategy and has worked across a range of media from television and music to events and advertising.  Jack loves to apply his passion for storytelling to projects that make a positive difference on an ambitious scale. 

Before Save the Children, he 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,  he 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. He loves reggae, has run a sub-4 London Marathon (3:59:23) and his five greatest achievements are aged 18, 16, 7, 5 and 1.

Penny Lawrence, Deputy Chief Executive

In her role as Deputy Chief Executive Penny works with the CEO and other Leadership Team members to lead Oxfam on people change and strategic alignment as Oxfam transforms to be more globally balanced, more relevant and impactful. Her role is to ensure our change agendas enable us to develop an increasingly confident new organisational identity as Oxfam GB, as well as more influential OI. Thus ensure we develop more coherent aligned planning and business processes to improve our organisational performance and effectiveness. The role includes responsibility for people talent, HR, organisational development teams.

Penny joined Oxfam GB in March 2006 as International Programmes Director, the strategic and operational lead for Oxfam's programme teams, across 60 countries, who respond to humanitarian crises, engage in long-term development and address the causes of poverty through advocacy and campaigning around the world.

 During that role Penny also provided strategic leadership across Oxfam and Oxfam International to influence the Oxfam-wide change which is shaping the confederation to become a more globally balanced organisation in order to increase its impact on poverty.  Penny combines an interest in organisational development with her passion for social justice.

Penny is Chair of the global NGO humanitarian network, International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) and also sits on various advisory committees, e.g. at Oxford University, the Centre for the Study of African Economies and sustainability advisory bodies, e.g. IKEA, Unilever.

Penny started her career as a teacher and was International Programmes Director at VSO before joining Oxfam. She has over 30 years experience in the development field and has lived and worked in Sudan, Zimbabwe and Ghana as well as the UK.

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

Cherian Mathews, International Programmes Director, Oxfam GB

Cherian MatthewsCherian is the International Programmes Director for Oxfam GB. He moved to this role in May 2016.

He provides strategic leadership and direction to Oxfam GB programmes in Asia, Africa, Middle East and the Latin America and Caribbean. He oversees the delivery of programmes worth approximately £300m annually working with a team of over 3000 staff.

Cherian joined Oxfam in 2003 and has undertaken strategic leadership roles in managing long-term development, humanitarian and campaigns work at the country and regional levels. Prior to this role he 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. He has been behind some of the most innovative and collaborative programmes in women's rights, increasing resilience and economic justice. Cherian has also represented Oxfam at high level policy events as part of global campaigning work, on food and climate, and inequality. He combines thought leadership with operational leadership, and has a deep commitment to amplify diverse southern voices.

Before joining Oxfam, Cherian worked with Action Aid as a regional manager and provided leadership on programme development, policy advocacy, partnerships management and fund raising. Cherian has over 25 years' experience in 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 Said Business School in Oxford University and a leadership programme at Kennedy School of Governments in Harvard University.

Alison Hopkinson, Finance & IS Director

Alison Hopkinson

Alison joins Oxfam from the international development charity Tearfund, where she was the Finance and IT Director for four years. She has extensive experience of helping organisations develop and deliver financial management and business strategies within our sector, and comes to Oxfam with leadership experience gained in the commercial sector via a previous position as an FD at Dell Computer Corporation Ltd. Alison qualified as a chartered accountant at Price Waterhouse Coopers. 

Alison is married to Peter, lives just outside Henley, and has two grown up children.

Andrew Horton, Trading Director

Andrew Horton joined Oxfam GB as Trading Director in November 2011. He is responsible for the organisation's 682 shops, 22,000+ strong volunteer workforce, and other commercial activities such as the Wastesaver textile recycling plant and Oxfam's 'boutiques'. Andrew is also responsible for Oxfam's work on labour standards and supply chains.

An experienced retail industry professional, Andrew spent his early retail career at Clarks before spending 10 years as a Director of an International confectionary retailer. After that he 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, he was Managing Director of footwear company, Dune International Ltd. Andrew has operated and developed shop networks in 47 countries, travelled to more than 40 others and would appear to have attempted to feed, clothe and shoe the world.

Andrew has a degree in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia. Originally from Liverpool, he lives in Hampshire with his wife Jane. Andrew enjoys travel, socialising, cycling, horse riding, golf, Liverpool FC and real ale, but not necessarily in that order.

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 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.

David Pitt-Watson, Hon. Treasurer

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.

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).

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.

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.

James Darcy, Vice Chair

With a background in commercial and international law, James Darcy had ten years of operational experience as an Oxfam GB manager, co-ordinating programmes in Central Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and South and East Asia. He went on to become director of the Humanitarian Policy Group, and subsequently Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) in London, where he specialised in work related to fragile states, humanitarian programming, civilian protection and aid risks. His particular research interests include the link between evidence and decision-making in the humanitarian aid sector. James has many publications in these various fields.

Now a freelance consultant, James has led numerous organizational reviews and programme evaluations for UN agencies and NGOs, including recent evaluations of international responses to the 2011 Somalia famine, the Syria crisis and the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan.

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.

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 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'.

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.