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 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 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.