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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.

Our Trustees

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. 

Jayanta Bora – ActionAid International

Jayanta is currently the International Head – Human Resources & Operations, ActionAid International (AAI) and has over 22 years of contextual HR & OD experience across both corporate (Larsen & Toubro, Philips, Airtel) and international development (Plan, Oxfam, CCF) organisations. A Personnel Management & Industrial Relations (MA in PM&IR) alumnus of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay, Jayanta graduated in Physics (Honours) with a first class first rank. He is also an accredited process facilitator.

In his previous roles, Jayanta held various HR leadership positions, responsible for delivering HR strategy and creating effective organisations. Jayanta’s areas of interest lie in OD strategy, change management, HR analytics, digitisation and HR systems, process facilitation, and talent and leadership development. Jayanta is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Joan Coyle – Save the Children International

Joan has worked in senior HR roles for Save the Children since 2008 and is currently HR Director at Save the Children International (SCI), based at the SCI centre office in London. 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. 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.

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 1984–85 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. More recently, she has been involved in the development of the Core Humanitarian Standard, supporting People In Aid in the development of the staff-related indicators.
Jacquie 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

Samantha Wakefield 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 van Eekelen

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.


Diane Willis - Director People and Organisation Development, WorldFish

Diane Willis

Diane has been working with Executive teams in global non-profits for the past ten years, with a focus on organisational effectiveness. During the past three years in her role with WorldFish, a research for development centre headquartered in Malaysia, Diane has been leading a strategy to strengthen global operations through integrated planning and people systems. Previously Diane held the position of VP People and Culture with ChildFund International during which time she strengthened capacity, performance and accountability through a global change management programme. Diane brings experience from many years in international consulting firms as a leader for the human side of change management addressing leadership for growth, mergers and acquisitions and downsizing. Diane is the founding Director of a Cambodian national NGO and has previously served on the People In Aid Board of Trustees.



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.

Find out more about supporting our work.

We keep our overheads low at 11.4% (2012-13: 12.7%) 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).

Income 2013-14

Expenditure 2013-14


Fraud and bribery policy

People In Aid is committed to promoting and maintaining the highest level of ethical standards in relation to all of its activities. Its reputation for maintaining lawful business practices is of paramount importance and so People In Aid has a zero tolerance approach to bribery and corruption. It is an offence in the UK, where People In Aid is a legal entity, for an employee or an associated person to bribe another person in the course of doing business intending either to obtain or retain business, or to obtain or retain an advantage in the conduct of business for People In Aid. People In Aid can be liable for this offence where it has failed to prevent such bribery by associated persons.

It is therefore not acceptable to give, promise to give, or offer, a payment, gift or hospitality to any People In Aid employee, volunteer or consultant with the expectation or hope that a business advantage will be received, or to reward a business advantage already given; nor is it acceptable for us to accept a payment, gift or hospitality from a third party that we know or suspect is offered or provided with the expectation that it will obtain a business advantage for them. Our anti-bribery policy specifies that there is absolutely no expectation or implication by People In Aid or by any other party that anyone who is in receipt of any gift, entertainment or hospitality will perform a function or activity other than in good faith, impartially, or in a position of trust and to the standard of what a reasonable person in the UK would expect in relation to the performance of the type of function or activity involved.

People In Aid, its consultants and contractual partners must comply with any anti-bribery and anti-corruption legislation that applies in any jurisdiction in any part of the world in which they might be expected to conduct business on behalf of or in association with People In Aid.

Remuneration policy

It is recommended good practice for a non-profit to be transparent on how its salaries are decided. People In Aid’s practices on remuneration and performance can be summarised as follows:

Each year the Board will consider a pay adjustment applicable to all members of staff. They may also agree a separate pot of money which will be at the discretion of managers, collectively, to distribute as a bonus. Decisions will be based on performance ratings of Not Met, Met and Exceeded Expectations. Every second year the Treasurer manages a job benchmarking process using Croner. New posts will be benchmarked against the sector and comparable existing posts’.

For transparency, the Board wishes to disclose the differential between the highest and lowest paid staff members. For 2015-16 this is 1:3.7


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.