Geoffrey Dennis joined CARE as Chief Executive in April 2004. In 2000 he took up the post of Chief Executive of a very large UK charity working on homeless and elderly care issues – during the 3 years he worked as head of that charity he more than doubled its size.
Before that, he was International Director of the British Red Cross, working in many disaster and war torn countries, including Rwanda, Somalia and former Yugoslavia. He was seconded to DPR, (North), Korea as Red Cross Country Director during the catastrophic floods in the mid 1990s, and was then promoted to be Regional Director of the whole of South Asia with the International Federation of the Red Cross, (IFRC).
He first came to the charity sector 15 years ago, after an initial career working on development issues in the private sector. He became Director of the Economics and Finance Division at Ewbank Preece Consulting and was later Managing Director of Travers Morgan Environmental Consultancy.
John Plastow was appointed Programme Director for CARE International UK in March 2008 having spent the previous two years working as its Africa Regional Manager.
John started out as a VSO teacher working in rural Western Kenya for two years. After a brief spell with Comic Relief he completed a Masters Degree in Rural Development and went on to work in Northern Iraq with Save the Children and for Oxfam in Sri Lanka.
More recently he worked for Oxfam Ireland in Tanzania where he started Oxfam Ireland’s first overseas country operation. Between times he has worked for ACORD in the UK focusing on the Horn of Africa and spent four years working as a consultant based out of the Sudan.
Sarah Taylor Peace
Sarah joins the international development agency’s marketing department from the leading mental health charity Rethink.
At Rethink, Sarah held the role of director of fundraising and social marketing since 2004 and most recently headed up the Time to Change social marketing campaign.
Previously she held a number of fundraising and marketing roles within the third sector, including Age UK and Samaritans, most recently working as a freelance senior fundraising and marketing consultant..
Mark is the Finance Director at CARE International UK where he is responsible for Finance, IT and all Company Secretarial duties. Mark joined Care in October 2007 from Cats Protection (a major fundraising charity) where he was Head of Finance and IT. Before this he worked at KPMG in the management consulting team, where he led the offering to charities.
A Chartered Accountant, Mark has worked in the charity sector in both consulting and hands-on roles. He has worked with ActionAid, Guide Dogs, Barnardos, the Church of England and also many small charities. He also has considerable consulting experience in the commercial sector.
Mark is a visiting lecturer at CASS Business School and also has published research and guidebooks under NCVO, ACEVO and CFDG.
Human Resources Director
Lucy Stoner is director of human resources at CARE International UK where she is responsible for HR and staff and organisational development. She joined CARE as human resources manager in July 2003 from the Commission for Health Improvement where she worked as a human resources adviser. She was promoted to her current position in June 2004.
Lucy has 10 years’ experience of working in human resources and has worked in both private and not-for-profit organisations.
She has a BA Hons degree in Fine Art and an MA in Human Resource Management. She is CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) qualified, is trained in psychometrics and also has a CIPD Certificate in Training Practice.