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CARE midwife Agnes Kaka at Pariang hospital in South Sudan

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In the last year (financial year 2019-20), a total of 11,853 people worked for CARE across 104 countries. 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 75 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.

Eva Dixon Chief Operating Office

Eva Dixon
Chief Operating Officer

Eva joined CARE International UK as Chief Operating Officer in 2020. Eva has wide experience in various sectors including charity, international maritime sector, education, banking, and insurance. She has a strong track record of ensuring financial security and of implementing robust frameworks of financial controls and governance. Eva has a deep personal commitment to ending poverty, fighting inequality and women’s empowerment.

Erin Segilia Chase

Erin Segilia Chase
Executive Director for 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

Board latest news
6 October 2021: After almost eight years of dedicated service to CARE as a Trustee, and as Board Chair for the last three years, Carolyn Clarke is retiring from the Board of Trustees of CARE International UK. 
 
Nigel Chapman, Vice Chair said: "Carolyn has contributed an enormous amount to the way CARE has developed over the past seven years. She has brought both passion and rigour to the Chair’s role and we are very grateful for what she has done in what is a time consuming but very worthwhile position."
 
Carolyn said: "It has been a privilege to play my part in improving lives in the most challenging environments. In my time we have put CARE International UK on the map with #March4Women, made a real difference advocating for change, and we have innovated through the growth of initiatives such as Lendwithcare. Most importantly, during my time we developed our ability to evaluate and assess where we really have impact and make a difference."
 
Laurie Lee, Chief Executive, said: "I am very grateful to Carolyn for her long standing contribution to CARE. She has brought huge deduction and commitment to the role. I have enjoyed working with her. She has in particular been a great champion for CARE’s work to improve gender equality around the world." 
 
CARE has begun the process of appointing a new Chair of the Board of Trustees. More information is available here. Nigel Chapman, as Vice Chair, will serve as Acting Chair until a permanent new Chair is appointed. 
 

Board members

Khalid el Ansari

Khalid El Ansari
Khalid is an experience 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
Edward Bickham holds a number of senior advisory roles in the mining and energy sectors on license to operate, political risk and development-related issues. He has worked extensively at the interface between government, business and civil society including at Board level in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. He is a senior adviser to the World Gold Council on responsible mining issues and Chair of Levin Sources.

Nigel Chapman

Nigel Chapman, CMG (Chair)
Nigel Chapman holds a variety of roles as a Chair, Non- Executive Director and trustee within the public and not-for-profit sector, including for the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, and Nacro, the social justice charity. He is a school governor and City councillor in Oxford, where he lives. 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.
 

 

Desiree D’Souza

Desiree D’Souza
As SeeAbility’s Executive Director of Innovation and Social Impact, Desiree D’Souza leads SeeAbility’s fundraising and volunteering, marcomms, employment, digital skills and engagement teams. Desiree is an experienced leader with a specialism in building long-term partnerships including with leading corporates. Over her career, many of these have delivered transformational education, employment and advocacy opportunities for and alongside people with disabilities in the UK and internationally.
 

Maliha Khan

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
Esther 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. With a passion for storytelling, Esther is a firm believer in creating powerful content and telling dignified, human stories that elevate people living in poverty.

Nadine Nohr

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

Stephen Oxley

Stephen Oxley
Stephen Oxley is a qualified accountant and Chief Financial Officer at Johnson Matthey, Plc, a leader in sustainable energy and industrial chemicals. He was previously partner at KPMG. There he 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.

Edward Sparrow

Edward Sparrow
Edward Sparrow is a Senior Consultant and former partner of law firm Ashurst LLP, where he acted as the manager of the continuing long and happy relationship between the firm and CARE International. He is Chair of the City of London Law Society and a Member of the Bank of England's Enforcement Decision Making Committee. He holds posts in a number of charitable organisations.

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.