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The members decide People In Aid's strategy and direction. An Annual General Meeting of members elects a Board of Trustees of up to fifteen individuals, which oversees the organisation on members’ behalf. Our present Board members are listed below. Up to five Trustees can be from non-member organisations (listed below as ‘Independents’) to ensure the necessary diversity of skills, experience and views. Vacancies for Trustees will be advertised here and in selected media, and selection is through competency-based interviews.
Our Memorandum and Articles, updated in 2008, can be found here and members can view minutes of our Board meetings at the bottom of this page.
Helen Altshul – Director, Program Development and Quality Unit, Adeso
Helen has 20 years of international development experience. Her specific responsibilities have included: project, programme and strategic planning; proposal development and fundraising; partnership brokering and consortium management; capacity building of partner organisations; project implementation and research; monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment; and staff development and team building. Helen has been based in Nairobi, Kenya since 2000, where she previously worked for Christian Aid (four years) and Farm Africa (eight years) and is currently Director of the Program Development and Quality Unit at Adeso. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Studies from the University of Hertfordshire, an MSc in Land Resource Management from Cranfield University and a PGCert in Cross-sector Partnership from the University of Cambridge.
John Beverley – Tropical Health & Education Trust (Treasurer)
John has been Finance and Administration Director with Tropical Health and Education Trust since 2010. Most of his career has been spent in the voluntary sector, mainly in finance, but also in IT and fundraising. John has worked for British Red Cross, Oxfam Hong Kong, WaterAid and Shelter amongst others. He has also worked as a consultant with central and local government. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.
Joan Coyle – Save the Children International
Joan has worked in senior HR roles with Save the Children for the past three and a half years. Most of her career has been spent in the voluntary sector, as Head of HR with ACORD; Deputy HR Director with the British Red Cross, and Director of Central Services at Macmillan Cancer Support. Earlier in her career Joan taught English as a foreign language in France and Spain, worked for a global shipping company, and spent several years in international conference organising. Joan was involved in the development of the People in Aid Code and has previously served on the Board as a Trustee. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and volunteers on the Red Cross Psychosocial Support team.
Harriet Dodd – Independent (Vice Chair)
Harriet Dodd is a freelance consultant whose most recent work has been with Women Living Under Muslim Laws and CARE International. Harriet has over 20 years' experience in the INGO sector including at the level of Executive Director with Plan International where she was Director of People and Culture. Harriet has worked in 12 countries in the Middle East and Africa as a senior manager leading development and emergency work for CARE, Save the Children UK, Oxfam, VSO, and ActionAid. She has been a consultant for IPPF, Agrisystems and Mercy Corps among others and is a founder of two local charities in the Middle East. Harriet specialises in strategic planning and organisation design for improved performance in the humanitarian and development sector.
Paula Feehan – ActionAid UK
Paula is currently the Senior Strategy Planning Manager at ActionAid UK. She has over fifteen years’ human resource, organisational development and change management experience career in the private sector (financial services, media, law), and she moved to ActionAid UK in 2009 in order to realise a long-held ambition to work in the international development arena. She has been seconded to the position of Senior Strategy Planning Manager whose role it is to review the 2005–2011 strategy and develop the new 5 UK year strategy. At university, Paula completed a Master’s in International Political Economy and has experience of being a Trustee on two Boards: on a Board of Trustees for TradeAid New Zealand, responsible for the HR and Education portfolio, and currently on a Board of Directors of Republic, a campaigning organisation with special portfolio for Strategy and Planning.
Nick Gallagher – Independent
Nick is an interim management professional with experience to Executive Director level. He has worked for nearly 20 years in International Development with a particular specialisation in Volunteering for Development having worked as Head of Volunteering at VSO International, Director of UK Volunteer Recruitment and Deputy Director of VSO Canada. He also worked in VSO’s programme in Eritrea. Before moving into the sector, Nick worked in the Health and Education Management spheres. He holds a degree in Biomedical Sciences from King’s College, London where he also studied Dentistry.
Jacquie Heany – CAFOD (Vice Chair)
Jacquie is the Director of Organisational Development and People at CAFOD. Her early and varied career included training as a teacher, packing humbugs in a Blackpool rock factory (summer time only!) and working in a South Yorkshire benefit office during the 1884–85 miners’ strike. She has worked in the field of organisational development for over twenty years, much of which has been spent in the private sector as a Change Management consultant. Before joining CAFOD in November 2010, she worked in the Cabinet Office helping to develop a framework for improving capability, performance and collaboration across the 20+ departmental HR functions within the Civil Service. She is a chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and is involved in a number of HR networks.
Karen Hein – Independent
Karen is a medical doctor and currently serves as one of 5 members of The Green Mountain Care Board in Vermont, USA. She is the Immediate Past President of the William T. Grant Foundation (1998–2003). She was the Executive Officer at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) 1995–1998 at The National Academies, and is currently Adjunct Professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School and Visiting Fellow at Tufts University's Feinstein Int'l Center, both in USA. During the past 30 years, Karen has assumed a variety of roles related to health and health policy through her activities in programme development, teaching and clinical research. In 1987, she founded the world's first comprehensive adolescent HIV/AIDS programme. In 2003, she shifted her scope of activities to promote global peace through volunteer work related to international health and to youth development, focusing on Asia and Africa. Currently her foremost efforts centre on the professionalisation of humanitarian assistance. She is a Board member of 8 national and international organisations, including IRC Board of Overseers. Karen graduated from the University of Wisconsin, attended Dartmouth Medical School and received her medical degree from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. She is the Chair of People In Aid USA Board.
Girish Menon – WaterAid
Girish heads WaterAid's International Programmes Department which oversees WaterAid's programmes in 23 countries through four regional teams (Asia, West Africa, East Africa and Southern Africa). He joined WaterAid in January 2005 from the Department for International Development (DFID) India, where he worked as a Social Development Adviser for two and a half years. Prior to this, he worked with international NGOs - Plan International and ActionAid for four years and ten years respectively.
Girish is currently WaterAid-UK's representative on the Board of Water and Sanitation for Urban Poor (WSUP), an international alliance of NGOs, private sector and academic institutions.
Kirit Naik – British Red Cross
Kirit joined the British Red Cross as Head of Risk and Assurance in March 2011. He has extensive external and internal audit experience, both in the public and private sectors. He trained and qualified as a certified chartered accountant with KPMG before joining the National Audit Office where he was responsible for managing external audits of various government departments and agencies. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Kirit was Head of Internal Audit at the Central Office of Information (COI) where he set up a framework for risk management in line with guidance issued by HM Treasury. He was also responsible for providing assurance to the Cabinet Office on information risk management. He has facilitated risk workshops for the board and senior management and has undertaken external quality assurance reviews of other internal audit functions in central government.
Lindsey Reece-Smith – Tearfund
Lindsey is currently International Services Manager at Tearfund, experienced in corporate project and change management. She oversees the establishment and ongoing support of country offices for Tearfund. She managed a recent change project bringing together the humanitarian and development work into single teams and is currently leading the simplification process to bring the different systems and processes together for all the international work. She undertakes Internal Audit visits to country programmes and oversees the budgeting, financial management and planning for the international work. Prior to this she managed corporate HIV projects including mainstreaming and establishing a fundraising product linking UK supporters to projects overseas. She has previously worked in data analysis for a financial services company, in research for agricultural economics, economic development and in events planning for a sporting body. She has an MSc in Development Management.
Samantha Wakefield – Mines Advisory Group
Sam has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, working mainly within the international humanitarian and development sector. She has worked within country teams across the world, with region management teams and at HQ. Sam joined Mines Advisory Group (MAG) as Director of HR in September 2013 and leads the HR team in Manchester, who are responsible for providing support to its field operation teams across the world. She is a member of the CIPD.
Willem van Eekelen – Independent (Chair)
Willem is a development economist. He built his experience in various UN agencies and NGOs before turning to consultancy work. Most of his current work is related to programme evaluations, change management and capacity building. Willem is a visiting lecturer at the University in Birmingham. He spends his summers in Bosnia, where he co-owns Green Visions, the Balkans’ liveliest adventure tourism company.
As a charity we rely on funding from organisations committed to improving organisational effectiveness within the humanitarian and development sector and professionalising the practice of human resources and people management. The charts below show where our income comes from and how we spend it.
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We keep our overheads low at 14.1% (2009-10: 14%) and run ourselves professionally. The majority of our income is spent in the four main areas prioritised by our Board of Trustees. Also, we have been Verified Compliant with the People In Aid Code, a certification which signals to donors that we are an organisation committed to our staff (2013).
Becoming a Trustee
We are not currently recruiting for any Trustees. If you are interested in applying in the future, then please get in touch with Carol Curran, Operations Manager, in the first instance. Thank you for your interest.