Over many years of working as a journalist, and subsequently in international development, I have seen a number of INGOs in action, but there are few with the compassionate, practical and life-affirming ethos of Humanity & Inclusion UK – and its impact is simply extraordinary. This charity changes lives in a profoundly direct and tangible way.
Our part in the international HI Federation is a very important one.
The UK is a global centre for fundraising, investment, policy and research in the fields of disability and humanitarian action, and HIUK is therefore a crucial and influential agent of change and impact in this sphere. Working in a truly federated but profoundly collegiate way with the seven other National Associations, the Institute and the Federation, we are able to make an observable difference to the lives of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people across the world.
The opportunity to join us as our new CEO is an incredibly exciting one – for the right candidate, the personal rewards and the professional development will be immeasurable. As well as leading a highly talented and effective team in London, you will immediately be plugged into a global network of passionate, creative and deeply motivated humanitarians across the world, and – despite all the challenges of working in the INGO sector – you’ll be able to point to achieving something truly meaningful every single week.
I, along with my fellow trustees, look forward to receiving your application.
My previous career was at the consultancy firm McKinsey, where I managed large international teams on every continent. In 2014 I took over as Global Managing Director of the Handicap International Federation (globally rebranded as Humanity & Inclusion in 2018), focusing on implementing an ambitious strategy to address the rapidly increasing need for humanitarian aid.
This strategy is already bearing fruit. In the last six years, HI has been able to help 100% more people suffering from wars, disability and social unrest whilst significantly reinforcing its structures and capabilities in head offices and key conflict zones. HI has completed its rebranding in its 60 countries with high level internal support and international recognition. The Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action has been adopted by hundreds of states and institutions.
Last week, HI received two awards for the European Union Horizon Prize for Affordable High-Tech for Humanitarian Aid. These prizes recognise the organisation’s efforts to develop lean innovation, producing off-the-shelf, practical and effective solutions to enhance the care and treatment of vulnerable people. Our future UK CEO will be pivotal in taking this unique transformation forward. You will join an incredible and committed leadership team across the globe, and will bring your own personal touch and capabilities to the group.
Looking forward to meeting you and working with you!
Global Managing Director, HI