James is an international lawyer with ten years of operational experience as a former Oxfam manager, co-ordinating programmes in Central Africa, the Balkans, the Middle East and South and East Asia.
Formerly head of the Humanitarian Policy Group, he is currently Senior Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), working on fragile states, aid risks, humanitarian engagement and the security-development interface. Besides general management and humanitarian policy experience, he specialises in areas of policy relating to the protection of civilians in armed conflicts, along with refugee and human rights protection issues. He is also an expert in the field of needs assessment and situational analysis, particularly with regard to food security; James has numerous
publications in these various fields.
Until 31 December 2012, Marjorie was Chief Executive of Pearson, the international education & media business made up of Pearson Education, Penguin and the Financial Times Group.
She was the first female Chief Executive among the UK's FTSE 100 companies.
She continues to be a non-executive director of Nokia Corporation and a member of a number of charitable and advisory boards, including The MacArthur Foundation (of which she is chairman), The Carter Center and The Royal College of Art. Marjorie was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2002.
Until January 1997, she was chief executive of The Economist Group, and, prior to 1985, she was a partner in a Savannah, Georgia law firm. With her husband, Albert Scardino, Marjorie founded and published the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, The Georgia Gazette. They have three children.
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.
Gain 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 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 Uion, 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 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'.
Tricia has worked for more than 30 years with residents and workers in some of the most deprived areas of the UK. She co-founded a national action research project that pioneered neighbourhood management, tenant co-operatives and advised government on social housing and community empowerment policies. From 2001-2006 she was seconded to the department for Communities and Local Government as senior community adviser.
Her main involvement with Oxfam has been through the UK Poverty Programme. She joined the Association in 2007, serving on the Recruitment and Development Group, and became a trustee in December 2009.
Tricia currently works free-lance and is a research fellow at the Young Foundation. She is also a director of 'Just Change', an international 'fair trading' network linking local communities in India and the UK; a trustee of 'Faith in the Future' a Muslim-led, inter-faith project in east London; an active member of London Citizens; and a member of the 'Create Consortium' campaigning for welfare reform.
In 2007 she was awarded an MBE for her work with local communities.