Frances Longley joins CARE International UK as Executive Director for Programmes and Policy

London, 11th March 2019: Frances Longley has been Chief Executive of Amref Health Africa UK since August 2015. She will join CARE International UK as Executive Director for Programmes and Policy, on 1 July 2019.

Frances has over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector focussing on leadership, strategy and communications. Her career reflects a passion for the promotion of access and inclusion for marginalised and disadvantaged groups, especially women and girls. In her role with Amref Health Africa she collaborates with communities to find innovative and effective ways to increase access to healthcare. Since March 2018 Frances has Co-Chaired the UK NGO sector working group on Leadership and Culture for Safeguarding.

Laurie Lee, Chief Executive of CARE International UK, said,

We are delighted to welcome Frances to CARE. CARE and Amref work closely together on GSK’s Frontline Health Worker programme and we respect their work highly. Amref is headquartered in Kenya and Frances’ experience will support CARE’s move towards being a more globally balanced organisation. And as a two-time chief executive she brings extensive leadership experience to our senior management team.

As Executive Director for Programmes and Policy, Frances will oversee a portfolio of humanitarian and development programmes of over £150 million in 25 countries, as well as CARE’s policy teams on Women’s Economic Empowerment, Inclusive Governance and Emergency Shelter.

Frances Longley said,

I'm absolutely delighted to be joining the CARE International UK team at a time of change and opportunity for the charity, for the sector and in the lives of the women, girls and their communities CARE works with around the world. My career has always been driven by a commitment to social justice and particularly the rights of women and girls - and I know that drive runs right through every aspect of CARE's remarkable work.

Prior to her role at Amref Health Africa, Frances was Director of Communications and Brand and Head of International Programme Engagement for Unicef UK. She also worked in Afghanistan to develop the communications strategy for the Ministry of Public Health’s Public-Private Partnerships programme to extend the provision of secondary and tertiary healthcare. From 2009-2012 Frances lived and worked in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland), leading the evaluation of an experimental USAID-funded national HIV prevention programme and creating the communications strategy for the Ministry of Health for their new national Health Management Information System. Frances has an MSc in Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

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