UK Leadership Group | ActionAid UK

UK Leadership Group

ActionAid UK’s Leadership Group is made up of Deputy Directors from four departments across ActionAid who lead their teams and work collaboratively to deliver the organisation’s strategic objectives.

They’re supported by our Company Secretary and Head of Internal Audit.

Scroll down to meet the UK Leadership Group, the Company Secretary and Head of Internal Audit, and find out what they and their teams do.

 

Andrea Metcalf, Deputy Director of People and Culture

Andrea Metcalf

Deputy Director of People and Culture

My team provides general HR support, develops general and individual learning and development solutions, supports recruitment in line with our principles on diversity, looks after internal communications, security, and our office environment, and leads on cultural development. I am the Safeguarding Lead for ActionAid UK and sit on the Federation’s Safeguarding Reference Group. We’re also implementing feminist leadership principles as an alternative to the more traditional approaches to leadership / management.

I joined ActionAid UK in 2016, and I have previously been a Director of a number of HR consultancies working with organisations in all sectors, including designing and delivering Institute of Leadership and Management qualifications up to Level 7. Until mid-2018 I lectured on the CIPD Level 7 programme for Southampton Solent University where my units were Employment Law and Understanding and Implementing Coaching and Mentoring.

Dean Anderson, Deputy Director of Philanthropy & Partnerships

Dean Anderson

Deputy Director of Philanthropy & Partnerships

The Philanthropy & Partnerships (P&P) team works together with trusts and foundations, corporate partners and philanthropic individuals to create long-term sustainable change. We also work with philanthropy advisors and wealth managers to identify and deliver strong investment opportunities. We seek high level donations, collaboration, joint expertise and innovation to meet the many challenges faced by women and girls across the world.

I have almost 25 years’ experience in the charity sector, mainly in human rights and international development. My previous experience includes Amnesty International and ChildHope. I joined ActionAid in October 2016 and am incredibly proud to be part of a dynamic, ambitious and passionate team who are committed to changing the world.

Jean McLean, Deputy Director Media, Campaigns and Public Engagement

Jean McLean

Deputy Director of Media, Campaigns and Public Engagement

My background is campaigning and communication. I have spent years in youth and international development sectors encouraging people to create the change that they want to see in the world.

In my past roles I have developed people-powered campaigns to create change in the UK and internationally. A feminist and political geek, I also make time to watch Liverpool Football Club. I am on the trustee board of the Suzy Lamplugh Trust and Liverpool John Moores Students’ Union.

 
Lee Webster, Deputy Director, International Development, Policy and Practice

Lee Webster

Deputy Director, International Development, Policy and Practice

I joined ActionAid in 2018 because I’ve been a feminist my whole life, and felt inspired to play a part in ActionAid’s strategy to put the rights of women and girls at the heart of all we do. I lead the International Development team, a group of passionate women’s rights experts who support ActionAid programmes to be high quality and impactful, influence policy and practice on women’s rights at international levels, and raise money from government donors to fund ActionAid’s great work.

My background is working in and with women’s movements and organisations, and I’m committed to making sure all our work is informed and driven by the realities of women and girls living in poverty. My other full-time job is being a mum, and I’m raising my young son to be a champion of gender equality.

Mark Wilson, Deputy Director, Supporter Experience

Mark Wilson

Deputy Director, Supporter Experience

I have worked in the charity sector in public facing roles for 15 years, and have returned to international development at ActionAid after having started my charity career at Save the Children. In my previous role I was Fundraising Director at Bloodwise, a charity funding research into different forms of blood cancer.

The Supporter Experience team here focus on delivering the best possible service for those who are generous enough to support us with their time or money.

As a result, we have developed our Supporter Promise. We look to work in partnership with those who can help effect change, we strive to always be transparent and accountable, to maintain the highest standards in our communications, and to be an organisation that can be trusted to do the right thing.

Martha Adam, Deputy Director, Strategic Performance and Accountability

Martha Adam

Deputy Director, Strategic Performance and Accountability

I joined ActionAid as the Insight Manager in 2015 having worked in the commercial sector for several years. I am deeply passionate about ending violence against and championing the rights of women and girls, so I’m proud to be part of an organisation that has placed that at the heart of its work.

My team is committed to supporting that work by driving the delivery of our five-year strategy, Together with Women and Girls, and putting in place effective and efficient processes to make sure our funds reach the women and girls who need it most.

Phil Robinson, Deputy Director, Finance

Phil Robinson

Deputy Director, Finance

I head up the finance team in our London and Chard offices, ensuring that income and expenditure flows smoothly in and out of the organisation with appropriate controls in place. I am also responsible for interacting with the Global Secretariat and other Federation members in relation to financial issues and reporting.

I have been at ActionAid UK since January 2015, having been hired by the now Director of Finance and Resources of ActionAid International. Having qualified as an accountant at Mazars in 1999, I then worked at KPMG for a further 6 years,before I moved into the international development sector in 2006 with International HIV Aids Alliance (IHAA) and worked there and at VSO prior to moving to ActionAid UK.

 

Sally O’Connell

Deputy Director, Digital

I head up our Digital strategy, helping the organisation achieve its objectives by harnessing the power of digital channels, and designing high quality digital products and services that put users first.

I’m a feminist with a background in digital comms and marketing, so I’m happy to be leading a creative team that is helping ActionAid deliver change for the world’s poorest women and girls.

 

Jessica Holifield

Company Secretary

I joined ActionAid UK in 2015 after qualifying as a solicitor specialising in charity law, as I always wanted to work in the not-for-profit sector.

At ActionAid UK, it’s my job to look after the voluntary Board of Trustees. They are ultimately responsible for everything that we do, and ensuring that our supporters’ donations are spent effectively to help people living in poverty and injustice.

I make sure that our Trustees are fully briefed on important issues so that they can be sure that we’re meeting our strategic commitments. I also brief the Board on their responsibilities, for example changes to the law.

Kirit Naik, Head of Internal Audit

Kirit Naik

Head of Internal Audit

Before joining ActionAid UK in 2016, I was with the British Red Cross where I was head of risk and assurance. I have extensive audit experience, both in the public and private sectors. I trained and qualified as a certified chartered accountant with KPMG Zambia before joining the UK National Audit Office where I was responsible for managing external audits of various government departments and agencies.

I’m responsible for managing the internal audit function which undertakes ActionAid UK’s financial and operational audits and ActionAid Country audits. More recently I’ve undertaken country office and programme reviews in Kenya, Liberia, Uganda, Nepal and Zambia. I also work with the AAI internal audit team on ActionAid Federation audits. I’m also a trustee of The Personal Support Unit; a charity dedicated to providing free, independent legal assistance to people.

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Page updated 7 January 2019