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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 2,500 staff and 31,000 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.

Jonathan Mitchell, International Programmes Director (Interim)

In June 2018, I was delighted to take on the role of interim Programmes Director at Oxfam GB.

With the support of our globally-located team, I am responsible for leading Oxfam GB's contribution and support to Oxfam's long-term development, influencing and humanitarian work - with a specific focus on programme quality, evidence, learning, funding and partnerships.

Since March this year, I have worked as Response Coordinator, leading and coordinating Oxfam's GB's organisation-wide response and recovery following its safeguarding problems and media attention, reporting to the Chief Executive.

Prior to Oxfam, I have held senior executive roles in international development and humanitarian affairs, with extensive experience leading and managing international NGOs.

From 2014-2017, I was Director of International Programmes for Plan International. Before that I worked for CARE in a number of roles at country, regional, and global levels, most recently as CARE International's Humanitarian Director from 2007-2011 and Chief Operating Officer for CARE USA from 2011-2014.

I hold a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and am a dual citizen of the UK and USA.

I find my personal inspiration from programmes deeply rooted in the work of local communities and partners, delivering real changes to overcome poverty and injustice. I've always admired Oxfam as a leader in a sector that makes a real difference, and I'm honoured to work with so many talented and committed people around the world.

Outside of work, I have two wonderful and now grown-up children and I enjoy cycling, hiking, travel and learning about the cultures and societies of the world.

Nicola Tallett, Fundraising Director

Nicola Tallett

I joined Oxfam GB in November 2016 as Deputy Director of Fundraising and was asked to become Interim Director from March 2018. I'm responsible for the voluntary income from supporters and companies, trusts and foundations. I'm hugely grateful to our hundreds of thousands of supporters for all the running, selling, giving, pledging, volunteering and sharing* that together raise over £100m per year.

My first charity role in 1993 was for World Vision and since then I have worked across UK and international charity fundraising for humanitarian and development programmes and medical and child-welfare causes. Immediately before joining Oxfam I consulted for two years with a range of charities on their strategies and fundraising. I am a founding trustee of AfricaCheck (Africa's first fact-checking organisation) and a trustee of Livability in honour of my sister who was a beneficiary of their services.

Having taken a Metallurgy degree in Oxford with Oxfam quite literally on my doorstep, I am now proud to be able to use my years of fundraising experience to further develop engagement with our supporters so that all their giving is rewarding and valued.

When not in work, my husband and I might be found on our motorbikes, or taming the tangled vegetation that is our garden.

*Other fundraising activities are available!

Nikki van der Gaag, Gender Justice and Women's Right Director 

Nikki van der Gaag

I joined Oxfam in 2016 and am responsible for leading Oxfam GB's work championing women's rights and gender justice, both within the organisation and externally. I am also a 'Re- Fammer', having worked with Oxfam many years ago.

I have been lucky enough to live and work in many countries, and have played an active role in shaping the debate on women's rights and gender justice, both in the UK and globally. I have worked with many different organisations, ranging from UN Women to the corporate sector, small local NGOs, donor organisations and the media. I have a background in communications as well as gender, having been co-editor of New Internationalist magazine and Editorial Director at the Panos Institute, which works with journalists all over the world.

Just prior to joining Oxfam, I was a consultant for several years, writing, training, speaking and doing evaluations. I specialised in work on girls - I spent a number of years writing Plan International's Because I am a Girl reports.

For the past 10 years, I have also been interested to see how men can be involved in supporting gender equality. I did a Tedx talk on the subject, as well as co-authoring the first ever State of the World's Fathers. My latest book, written just before I joined Oxfam is The No-nonsense Guide to Feminism. I continue to blog and tweet, @NikkivanderGaag, though I now have less time for writing than I used to!

In addition to my work with Oxfam, I'm a Senior Fellow at Instituto Promundo; a global leader in promoting gender justice and preventing violence by engaging men and boys, in partnership with women and girls.

I re-joined Oxfam because I wanted to build on the excellent work that had been developed by many committed and wonderful people, both in Oxfam and beyond over the last 75 years. I still hope to give further impetus, with others, to putting gender at the start and women's rights at the heart of everything we do. Here's to a better and a fairer world!

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.

Steve Kingstone

Steve Kingstone

I come to Oxfam via a long career as a BBC Correspondent, during which I spent more than a decade posted overseas. More recently, I have had the unique opportunity to work in the communications team at Buckingham Palace, where I was The Queen's Media Secretary. So my background is a mix of storytelling and strategic communications.

Like everyone at Oxfam GB, I am here because I am committed to Oxfam's mission and values.

Tina Proudlock, People Director

Tina Proudlock

I joined Oxfam as People Director in the spring of 2017. 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.

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.

Caroline Thomson, Chair

Caroline Thomson

Caroline Thomson is chair of Digital UK, the body which is responsible for digital terrestrial television, and Chair for Oxfam from October 2017. 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.

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.

Steve Walton, Treasurer

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'.

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.

Nicolas Cheeseman

Nic Cheeseman

Nic Cheeseman is the Professor of Democracy and International Development and the Research Director of the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham. Before this, Nic taught for ten years at Oxford University, where he gradually worked his way up from a research fellow to the Director of the African Studies Centre.

Nic's work focuses on African politics, democratization and development and he has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe. During his academic career, Nic has written and edited a number of books including the Our Turn to Eat: Politics in Kenya Since 1950 (Lit Verlag, 2010); The Handbook of African Politics (Routledge 2013), Democracy in Africa (Cambridge University Press 2015), and How to Rig an Election (Yale University Press 2018). He is also the recipient of the GIGA award for the best article in Comparative Area Studies (2013) and the Frank Cass Award for the best article in Democratization (2015).

Over the last few years Nic has spent a lot of his time drawing on his research to advise governments and think tanks around the world, including the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the Department for International Development and Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK government, the Lagos State Government in Nigeria, and Kofi Annan's African Progress Panel. He writes a bi-weekly column for the Daily Nation newspaper in Kenya, and his research and op-eds have appeared in the Economist, Le Monde, Financial Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, Wall St Journal, New York Times, New Yorker, Guardian, and the Mail & Guardian. Many of his ideas can be found on the website he founded to promote more informed debate about African politics, www.democracyinafrica.org.

Nic is a member of the Programme Committee

Angela Cluff

Angela Cruff

Angela Cluff is a fundraising consultant. She works with UK and international charities and not for profit organisations to transform fundraising performance. She has a special interest in major donor fundraising and the power of philanthropy.

Before becoming a fundraiser, Angela's career was in commercial marketing, advertising and market research. Her fundraising career has spanned senior roles across a range of fundraising streams and organisations, including NSPCC where she played a leading role in creating and implementing the ground-breaking FULL STOP campaign.

Angela has been a fundraising consultant for the last 15 years, as a director of The Management Centre and now as an independent freelancer.

Angela is a regular speaker at national and international fundraising conferences on a wide range of topics, is an occasional writer and was a contributor to the Commission on the Donor Experience.

She has recently stepped down as Vice-Chair of CARE International UK, and is a proud supporter of 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 was winner of the 2018 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award. The award, given by the National Peace Corps Association, honours an outstanding global leader who grew up in a country where Peace Corps Volunteers served, and whose career contributed significantly to their nation and the world in ways that reflect shared values in human dignity and economic, social, and political development.

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 joined Oxfam as a Trustee in 2016. She sits on the Advisory Board for Southampton University Business School and is a consultant to a number of smaller companies.

From 2009-2017 Lois worked for WPP the marketing communications company (NYSE). From 2013 she was Global CEO at Landor, a branding and design consultancy with 27 offices in 21 countries. Prior to joining Landor, she was Worldwide CEO at FITCH, a retail branding and design consultancy with studios in 9 countries.

Between 1999 and 2009 Lois was President International of the Interpublic owned (NYSE) 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 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.

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 350.org, 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.

Tunde Olanrewaju

Tunde Olanrewaju

Tunde is a Senior Partner with McKinsey & Company, Inc, a global management consultancy firm that advises leading institutions on a range of issues. He is based in London and leads the UK Digital Practice for the firm. He primarily works with Financial Institutions and Public Sector clients on strategy, operations, technology and organisation topics. He holds an MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Imperial College, London.

He has been a supporter of Oxfam for more than a decade - working with members of the LT and Oxfam colleagues on topics spanning the set up of Just Energy, Shop logistics improvements, Fundraising Innovation, Culture and Private sector collaboration amongst many topics. Tunde has been a member of Oxfam's Trustee Audit & Finance Group since 2015.

Tunde is energised and impressed by the passion and commitment Oxfam colleagues bring to tackling critical social issues. He is excited to together find ways to amplify this impact, taking advantage where helpful of the insights he has gained seeing the practices and techniques employed by many highly effective organisations.

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).