Our people

CARE midwife Agnes Kaka at Pariang hospital in South Sudan

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Globally, CARE has over 9,000 staff, the majority working directly in poor and developing countries. Nearly 95% of our staff are nationals of the country where they work. That’s because local experts have the knowledge and know-how – backed up by our 70 years of poverty-fighting experience worldwide – to deliver the change that is needed in the communities where they work.

CARE International UK (CIUK) employs around 110 staff. Most are based in the UK but some are based in CARE offices around the world. CIUK staff help ensure that CARE staff on the ground have the funding, technical assistance and support they need to make the biggest impact on poverty.

CARE is a great place to work – current vacancies are advertised here on our website.

Senior management team

Laurie Lee

Laurie Lee
Chief Executive

Laurie joined CARE International UK as Chief Executive in August 2014. He previously worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led the team working on policy, advocacy and government relations in Africa. Prior to 2008, Laurie was a civil servant in the UK Government, mainly in the Department for International Development (DFID), in which his last position was Deputy Director and Head of the International Trade Department. From 2004 to 2006 Laurie served as Deputy Director and Foreign Policy Adviser on Africa to the UK Prime Minister, helping to negotiate some of the key agreements on debt, aid and HIV and AIDS reached during the UK’s presidency of the G8 in 2005.

Frances Longley

Frances Longley
Executive Director for Programmes and Policy

Frances joined CARE International UK in July 2019. She joined us from Amref Health Africa UK, where she was CEO for four years. Frances has over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector focusing 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. Since March 2018 Frances has co-chaired the UK NGO sector working group on Leadership and Culture for Safeguarding.

Eva Dixon
Chief Operating Officer (Interim)

Eva joined CARE International UK as interim Chief Operating Officer in 2020.

Erin Segilia Chase

Erin Segilia Chase
Executive Director – Fundraising, Partnerships and Communications

Erin Joined CARE International UK as a Trustee in 2018 and joined the Executive team in October 2019. She joined us from Catalyst Consulting Group, an international consulting firm that she co-founded in 2012 and where she served as a Global Director and head of the philanthropy practice. She has over 25 years of experience as a senior executive and consultant and has worked across multiple charitable sectors including social justice and human rights, higher education, and public health. She has held senior roles at New York University, The Legal Aid Society, The American Cancer Society and served as Executive Director of the Swarovski Foundation. Erin is a member of the Board of Trustees of International Alert, Center for Civilians in Conflict and the Global Leadership Board of Seeds of Peace.

Board of Trustees

Khalid El Ansari
Khalid is an experienced accounting and assurance professional with over 15 years of experience. He is currently an Internal Audit Director at Centrica, leading global assurance projects over financial and operational areas. Prior to that, he worked for PwC for 11 years in France, England and Scotland. He brings an extensive experience of risk management, internal controls, dealing with large and complex organisations.

Edward Bickham
Edward Bickham holds a number of senior advisory roles in the mining and oil and gas sectors on license to operate and development-related issues. He has worked extensively at the interface between government, business and civil society including at Board level (until 2013) in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

Nigel Chapman, CMG
Nigel Chapman has a variety of roles as a non-executive director and trustee within the public and not-for-profit sector, including for the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Shelter and Chair of Nacro. Nigel was CEO of Plan International from 2009-15 and before that spent over 30 years in broadcasting, culminating in leading the BBC World Service from 2004-9.

Carolyn Clarke (Chair)
Carolyn Clarke is an experienced Internal Audit, Risk and Controls professional, most recently at Centrica PLC. She has been involved in the international development sector for the last 10 years with a particular interest in the participation of women and children. Carolyn specialises in the implementation of risk and governance practices throughout organisations, and in how the behaviours of people within organisations contribute to the achievement of strategic objectives.

Maliha Khan
Maliha Khan is Chief Programmes Officer at Malala Fund, where she leads Malala Fund’s programmatic work to ensure 12 years of safe, quality education for every girl. Dr Khan is an international expert in programme design and performance, learning and accountability, with a focus on women and girls’ empowerment and climate change resilience. She has designed rights-based programmes focused on women and girls, been a professor of gender studies and has implemented women’s programmes in marginalised regions of her native Pakistan. She is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council South Asia Center in Washington DC for 2020.

Esther Kwaku
Esther Kwaku is the Founder and CEO of The Nerve Network, a social enterprise which supercharges brilliant people living in remote, low-income places to start their own businesses. Her drive for social change has seen her working for a number of international charities through a 20-year career spanning fundraising, strategy, communications and marketing. She has also worked on global humanitarian issues in Sudan, DR Congo, Ethiopia and Myanmar.

Nadine Nohr
Nadine Nohr has worked in international media investment and distribution for the last 25 years including with the BBC, ITV and MTV. Most recently she ran production group Shine’s international distribution business, and she currently runs an independent media consultancy providing strategic and commercial advice to producers and broadcasters worldwide.

Ebele Okobi
Ebele Okobi is Facebook’s Public Policy Director for Africa, the Middle East and Turkey. Prior to Facebook, she was Global Head of Human Rights at Yahoo, in the management development programme at Nike EMEA; a Senior Director of Advisory Services at Catalyst in Silicon Valley/Amsterdam; a consumer rights policy fellow at Consumers Union in San Francisco; and a securities and mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, Paris and London.

Stephen Oxley
Stephen Oxley is a qualified accountant and partner at KPMG. He has led advisory work with, and external audits of, major international companies in the mining, healthcare and FMCG sectors including projects across Africa, South America and Asia.  Stephen has held a variety of non-executive director and trustee roles.

Marian Rose
Marian is a fundraising consultant with over 20 years’ experience in the charity and commercial sectors, for International and UK organisations. She has headed up marketing functions with TREE AID, Save the Children, NSPCC and Times Newspapers Limited.

Edward Sparrow
Edward Sparrow is a solicitor, who has practised as a commercial lawyer in the City of London for many years. As a partner in Ashurst, he acted as the manager of the long and happy relationship between the firm and CARE International.

Kate Tench
A development economist with a focus on Africa, Kate is passionate about making a difference. She has over 20 years of professional experience in the UK Government (DFID) and a multilateral development bank (the African Development Bank). Her wealth of country experience, both broad (Africa, Middle East) and deep (East and Southern Africa) makes her equally comfortable designing or evaluating programmes in economic development, governance, inclusive or green growth, and in providing policy and strategy advice.

Our partners

We work in partnership with local NGOs, community-based organisations and community groups in both our humanitarian and long-term development work. These local partnerships are critical to our efforts. We draw on our partners’ local knowledge and relationships to ensure that we can effectively support the most vulnerable people and communities in the countries where we work. And through these partnerships, local groups gain skills and experience in designing and delivering poverty-fighting programmes, so increasing their ability to fight poverty now and in the future.

We also work in partnership with international bodies, local and national governments, and the private sector – all of whom have a critical and complementary role to play. Given CARE’s expertise and knowledge, we aim to be the partner of choice for governments, civil society organisations, social movements, the private sector and donors who seek long-term solutions for fighting poverty and social injustice.