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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

Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah, CEO

Danny Sriskandarajah

I joined Oxfam GB as Chief Executive in January 2019.

I previously led CIVICUS, the Johannesburg-based alliance of civil society organisations with members in more than 180 countries. Prior to that, I spent four years as Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

I was born in Sri Lanka in the 1970s and was initially raised in a rural community without electricity or running water. My family was displaced by the onset of a brutal civil war and I spent time in Papua New Guinea and Australia, where I went to school and university.

I moved to the UK in 1998 and completed my Masters and Doctorate in international development at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and became a British citizen in 2010.

The contrast between the wealth and opportunity of life in the global north with my early years in rural Sri Lanka has given me a passion to take on the root causes of poverty, and I am committed to Oxfam's long-standing approach to speaking out against injustice.

Oxfam has been close to my heart for many years. Prior to joining as CEO, I worked alongside Oxfam colleagues on numerous fronts, from addressing threats to civic space to co-founding the Fight Inequality Alliance. 

In the media, I have been a regular contributor to outlets including BBC World Service, the Guardian, Al Jazeera and HuffPost. You can find me on Twitter @dhnnjyn. You can also read my blog at

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.

Nicola Tallett, Director of Engagement

Nicola Tallett

I joined Oxfam GB in November 2016 as Deputy Director of Fundraising and was appointed Audience Engagement Director in October 2018. With a new audience focused strategy, I'm responsible for ensuring that in our public activities, we listen and respond to the interests and focus of our supporters. When you're in contact with Oxfam (for whatever reason), it should be easy, interesting, informative and inspiring. And if it is, you'll join our hundreds of thousands of supporters already running, selling, buying, giving, pledging, acting, volunteering and sharing that together will help end poverty, now and forever.

As a bit of background, my first charity role in 1993 was at World Vision and since I've worked across UK and international charities 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 income generation. I was a founding trustee of AfricaCheck (Africa's first fact-checking organisation) and am 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 charity and communication experience to further develop engagement with our supporters so that every one of their actions 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.

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, Communications Director

Steve Kingstone

My career began in journalism: as a BBC Correspondent, I worked across television, radio and online outlets reaching UK and international audiences. For more than I decade, I was based overseas, with extended postings in Brussels, Madrid, Sao Paulo and Washington. Covering some of the biggest stories of the time gave me an insight into a range of global issues. I was also fortunate to work with some outstanding colleagues from many different countries and cultures.

In 2013 I returned to the UK to take up a senior role in the communications team for the Royal Household, based at Buckingham Palace. Later, as The Queen's Media Secretary I led the Palace response to major national events and news stories. I also travelled overseas with the Queen and other members of the royal family, including Prince William (Middle East) and Prince Harry (Brazil, Chile and Nepal).

My move to Oxfam GB in September 2018 was driven by a deep-seated belief in all that Oxfam stands for. The fight to end poverty, in all its forms, is something we should all be invested in. Through its various phases, my career has been about telling people's stories and I am grateful for the opportunity to do that here.

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.

John Plastow, International Programmes Director

In February 2019, I was excited to return to Oxfam to take up the position of International Programmes Director at Oxfam GB.

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

Prior to this role, I spent most of my career working for international NGOs at country, regional and global levels. I began as a teacher with VSO in Western Kenya. Then, after a year at Comic Relief, I became involved in humanitarian response in Northern Iraq and Sri Lanka. I spent a couple of years at ACORD, a pioneering organisation that was one of the first to transfer its global headquarters from the UK to Africa, and later worked in Sudan and then in Tanzania as Oxfam Ireland's first overseas Country Director. On returning to the UK, I became CARE International UK's Programme and Policy Director for eight years.

Most recently I have worked independently, supporting both Muslim Aid and CanDo - an organisation championing local humanitarian action. In 2018, I conducted a review of the role of civil society in the response to the Grenfell disaster in the UK.

I gain a lot of my personal inspiration from the opportunities that come from shared partnership and collaboration with local communities and organisations, delivering real changes to overcome poverty and injustice.

In addition to having the privilege of being able to do a job to which I am passionately committed, I am the proud dad of two teenage boys who have a strong Anglo-Italian identity.

Clifford Isabelle, Global Safeguarding Director

Clifford Isabelle

As well as being part of Oxfam GB's Leadership Team, I work with a team of experienced safeguarding colleagues to embed good safeguarding practice within Oxfam GB.

I am a qualified social worker with experience of child protection and safeguarding with significant experience in local government and law enforcement. Before Oxfam I was with the National Crime Agency, where I worked on large-scale safeguarding operations - within the UK and internationally - with a focus on case work, strategic guidance and ensuring there was a multi-agency approach in working with survivors of abuse. 

A great deal has already been done within Oxfam to look at both what we do and how we do it. Now, I am really excited to bring my experience, skills and commitment to Oxfam, and focus our collective efforts to further improve safeguarding policies, practice and behaviours. 

I am privileged to work with experienced safeguarding focal points in countries and regions, as well as with our Trading safeguarding specialists in the UK. Outside of Oxfam my work with external agencies is also crucial and a particular priority is our work with partners and the communities we are here to serve.

I am committed to ensuring we continue to create a cultural change in the way safeguarding is understood and managed at Oxfam.

Dr Fenella Porter, Co-Director of Women's Rights & Gender Justice

I have worked on gender justice and women's rights for over 25 years, as a teacher, researcher, activist, and practitioner. After working for women's rights organisations in Canada and East Africa, I returned to the UK and joined Oxfam for a few years in the 1990s. I then moved on to do my PhD, and I taught and published for 12 years at post-graduate level in gender, development and international labour, as well as remaining involved as an activist. I have been deeply embedded in the women's movement in the UK as well as internationally, including as a board member of Womankind Worldwide. I have also had extensive involvement with workers' rights and the international trade union movement.

I came back to work for Oxfam in April 2017, firstly as Gender Policy Advisor and latterly as interim Deputy Director of Women's Rights & Gender Justice from January 2019. Since July 2019 I have been recruited to the role of Co-Director (with Saranel Benjamin, who joins in September 2019) of Women's Rights and Gender Justice. In this role we are jointly responsible for providing vision and strategic feminist leadership in Oxfam GB, and for ensuring that gender justice sits at the heart of all we do. I am convinced that embracing feminist principles will help to make all of our work better, give us an inspiring and enabling workplace, and make us a more effective international development organisation.

Saranel Benjamin joins me in post as Co-Director in September. Saranel is an activist of South African origin who is currently Interim Head of Research and Programme Policy at ActionAid. Prior to ActionAid UK, Saranel was Director of International Development at War on Want where she worked with organisations and social movements in Latin America, Africa and Asia. She is also a Board Member of the Gender & Development Network.

Saranel Benjamin, Co-Director of Women's Rights & Gender Justice

Saranel Benjamin

I was born and raised in apartheid South Africa, in the beach town of Durban. It was during the struggle against apartheid and racial injustice that I committed my life's work to fighting for social and economic justice. Following the dismantling of apartheid, I worked with the trade union and other emerging social movements. I wanted the female workers/community activists to feel heard and able to demand answers and clarity from within their groups, as well as in the wider political environment.

In 2009, I moved to the UK and worked as a development consultant for a few years before joining War on Want. In my first role I had the privilege of working with informal traders and people living in informal settlements in sub-Saharan Africa. In my second role I became Director of International Development, overseeing a range of programmes working with social movements, workers collectives and human rights defenders in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. I later went on to join ActionAid UK as Interim Head of Research and Programme Policy to work specifically, and with a more feminist approach, on women and girls' rights.

I am excited to now be part of Oxfam GB as it continues its journey towards being an organisation that puts women's rights at the heart of the struggle for social and economic justice. I will be working in partnership with Fenella Porter, my Co-Director of Women's Rights and Gender Justice. We are committed to providing both vision and strategic feminist leadership to ensure that gender justice women's rights together with our feminist principles sit at the heart of all we do.

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.

Les Campbell, Treasurer

Les Campbell

Les is a chartered accountant with 40 years of experience in various finance roles in the private and public sector. He retired in 2017 as finance director in the Department of International Development. Prior to that, he was finance director at the Student Loans Company and before that, finance director at Glasgow Housing Association. His private sector roles were in British Energy, Scottish Power and PwC.

He is a member of the Board of the International Institute for Environmental Development (IIED), the policy and action research organisation which promotes sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect the environments on which these livelihoods are built. He has previously had non-executive roles with the Scottish Legal Aid Board, which is responsible for managing legal aid in Scotland, and with Quarriers, Scotland's leading social care charity. He chaired the audit committee in both these organisations.

In his spare time, Les enjoys cycling and has been spotted in the Alps and the Pyrenees (though finds the hills around Glasgow much easier).

Les joined the Council of Oxfam GB as Treasurer-designate in December 2018. Les will replace Steve Walton as Treasurer when Steve steps down in July 2019.

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 Chair 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,

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 is now Chair of the Institute of Fundraising special interest group on the supporter experience.

She has recently stepped down as Vice-Chair of CARE International UK, and is a proud supporter of Oxfam GB.

Lois Jacobs

Lois Jacobs

Lois Jacobs joined Oxfam as a Trustee in 2016. She is a Non Executive Director of GEMS Education and  sits on the Advisory Board for Southampton University Business School. She 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.

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

Katy is an experienced consultant with a deep specialism in culture and leadership. An Anthropologist by training her primary interest is in social and organisational change. Her working career has been for the last 15 years in healthcare and reform of the NHS. She was Senior Fellow at The Kings Fund, a leading independent health think tank, and also Head of Thought Leadership in leadership. She is becoming more and more interested in 'humanising healthcare' and collective leadership and now runs her own consultancy.

She has been involved in overseas development throughout her career and has sat on the board of Amref UK and sustainability charity the Kaloko Trust.

Before entering the NHS in 2003, Katy worked as a management consultant doing organisational change at KPMG and was a member of a senior leadership team at Citigroup for 5 years.