CARE International UK appoints Carolyn Clarke as new Chair of the Board of Trustees

London: 7 October 2018 - Carolyn Clarke will become the Chair of the Board of Trustees of CARE International UK on 1 January 2019. She will succeed Oliver Stocken, who steps down after serving two full three year terms.

Carolyn Clarke has been a trustee of CARE International UK for almost five years and has acted both as Vice-Chair of the Board and as Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee. She is also a trustee of the Institute of Business Ethics.

Carolyn has been actively involved in international aid for almost 20 years in a number of non-executive roles. She lived and worked in Mongolia for three years establishing the first professional services firm in the country, during which time she worked with government and multi-national agencies to identify solutions to development issues. She has been a strong supporter of CARE and is passionate about supporting women in the most challenging circumstances.

Carolyn Clarke said:

I am delighted and proud to take on this leadership role for CARE working with the leadership team to create a new chapter as we seek to support so many people in an increasingly complex world. I am inspired every day by CARE’s commitment to making a lasting difference to those who need it most, particularly women affected by humanitarian crisis, whether they be caused through natural disasters or conflict.

Oliver Stocken, the outgoing Chair of the Board said:

I am delighted that the Board has decided to appoint Carolyn as my successor. She is an excellent choice from within a very strong group of Trustees.

Since 2015, Carolyn has been the Group Head of Audit, Risk and Control at Centrica plc. Prior to this she spent almost 20 years with PwC, latterly as a Partner. During her time with PwC, Carolyn had a varied career including internal and external audit, transformation and change and governance, controls and risk advisory. Carolyn specialises in the impact of culture and behaviours on strategic outcomes.

Nigel Chapman, from the Nominations Committee, said:

I am very pleased the Trustee selection panel has chosen Carolyn as our next Chair. She has shown her strong commitment to CARE and the people we serve over the last five years and she has a passion for empowering women and girls. She assesses the challenges facing CARE in the next phase of its development very astutely, and will build on Care’s strengths whilst pushing all of us to be more innovative in our use of technology.


About CARE

CARE International UK is one of the world's leading humanitarian and development agencies. It was formed in 1945 to provide CARE packages to families in Europe, including Britain, suffering food shortages after the Second World War. It still provides humanitarian response to people suffering from conflict and natural disasters today, including in Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and South Sudan. CARE is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee.

CARE works to end extreme poverty which is an injustice. We put women and girls are our focus because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. We work in over 70 developing countries to increase women’s economic independence, including through our innovative Lendwithcare crowd-loaning programme.  To learn more, please visit


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