Executive Directors

We have an ambitious strategy to help save the lives of millions of children and give them the chance to fulfill their potential. Our directors are responsible for shaping our goals and ensuring we achieve them. Our directors are guided by and accountable to our Board of Trustees

Justin Forsyth, Chief Executive

Justin started his career with Oxfam as a Policy Adviser on South Africa during the dying days of apartheid, a cause that had been close to his heart as an activist. At Oxfam, he rose through the ranks and helped build campaigns on debt cancellation, Africa, Make Trade Fair and access to medicines.

In 1995 Justin went out to Washington DC to set up Oxfam International, before returning in 1999 as Policy and Campaigns Director. He helped build Oxfam as a global campaigning force.

In 2004 Justin was recruited to Number 10 by Tony Blair where he led efforts on poverty and climate change, and was one of the driving forces behind the Make Poverty History campaign.

He was to stay on under Gordon Brown, becoming his Strategic Communications and Campaigns Director, helping to use new communications strategies to reach the British public on a range of issues, from knife crime to climate change.

Justin was appointed as Chief Executive of Save the Children in September 2010.

Annabel Hoult, Chief Operating Officer

Anabel works closely with the Chief Executive focusing on strategy - Ambition 2015 and developing our post-2015 strategy. She is also responsible for working with SCI and maximising working relationships across the global Save the Children movement.

Anabel has a wealth of experience in the corporate sector including commercial enterprise, leadership and change management. Most recently Anabel helped launch the pensions risk management business, PensionsFirst Analytics as their Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that she held Managing Director roles at Carphone Warehouse managing contact centres, mobile insurance, repairs and the Geek squad. She spent the earlier part of her career as a strategy consultant working in Australia and South Africa as well as the UK.

Anabel holds an MBA from INSEAD where she graduated on the Dean’s list and a degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford. She lives in London and enjoys visiting galleries and watching ballet. She’s also an adventure seeker and loves to mountain climb, trek and ski in the Alps.

Sue Allchurch, Director of Marketing and Communications

Sue joined Save the Children from Unilever where she led the £3.6 billion Lipton hot and ice tea brand. In this role she led a programme building sustainable tea agricultural practices and improving livelihoods within the tea supply chain – both for Unilever and to lead and influence the tea industry.

She also led the Unilever Marketing Academy developing and delivering the company’s marketing capability programme globally. She also worked with the World Bank and the London School of Tropical Medicine to build marketing capabilities in private-public partnerships focusing on improving hygiene in low income areas.

Sue is the mother of four children, all of whom are keen on sport. She spends her spare time following their sports, running (a bit) and reading (a lot).

Brendan Cox, Director of Policy and Advocacy

Brendan is responsible for leading Save the Children's advocacy strategy - ensuring the delivery of our ambitious goals to save millions of children’s lives and millions more fulfil their potential. Brendan has significant experience in the voluntary, public and INGO sectors.

He began his career with a focus on communications and media – these skills were honed at Oxfam where he senior press officer. He then took up the challenge as Executive Director of Crisis Action where he led the development of the organisation – from an idea into a fully functioning organisation. In the years that he led the organisation he took it from one office in London, to offices in eight capitals on four continents combining lobbying, media and campaigning.

In 2008 Brendan became special advisor to Prime Minister Gordon Brown,  where among other things he led a major push at the 2009 UN General Assembly to abolish health user fees, including working with Save the Children in Sierra Leone on the successful effort to abolish health fees for pregnant women and children. Most recently he has been working with the Gates Foundation scoping a possible future global campaign.

Paul Cutler, Director of Human Resources

Paul joined Save the Children in January 2013. He began his career with Procter & Gamble. After his first commercial assignments in digital marketing and eCommerce Paul followed his passion into HR through a range of Learning & Development and HR Business Partner roles.

Paul left P&G in 2009 to start his own coaching, organisational effectiveness and career consultancy, whilst partnering with his brothers to open a restaurant and nightclub in west London that is still going strong today. In 2011 he joined GlaxoSmithKline’s Consumer Healthcare division to become the Business Transformation Director of a major £40million business intelligence and performance management initiative.

Paul has a degree in Geography from Oxford University, and an MA in the Philosophy of Psychology from King’s College London.

Fergus Drake, Director of Global Programnes

Fergus joined Save the Children as Director of UK Programmes in 2009 and is now the Director of Global Programmes managing humanitarian and development operations across the globe.

Prior to this Fergus worked for the Office of Tony Blair in Rwanda advising President Kagame and his Cabinet in achieving their Millennium Development Goals. Before that he worked for Deloitte Consulting for 5 years in their Strategy & Operations practice during which he was seconded to HM Treasury as a Policy Advisor. Fergus was based in Africa from 1999-2003 working for the international NGO, Tearfund, firstly as Programme Director for their Disaster Response Team in Liberia before developing the South Sudan, Kenya and Somalia programmes as Regional Director for East Africa.

Tanya Steele, Director of Fundraising

Tanya joined Save the Children in 2004. As Director of Fundraising she is responsible for significantly growing both the organisation's income and levels of support to deliver dramatic change for children. Prior to Save the Children, Tanya spent more than a decade in the technology sector working through a range of boom and bust cycles. During this time she held a number of senior business, marketing and communications roles at BT, Siemens and Avaya.

Tanya has a BSc in Marketing from Lancaster University and lives in London with her husband Mark and their son Ted.