Our Trustees work closely with our Executive Directors to guide their decision-making on strategic issues and hold them to account for their leadership of the organisation. Save the Children’s trustees are ultimately responsible in law for the charity, its assets and activities
Sir Alan Parker (Chair)
- Sir Alan became Chair of the Board of Trustees in March 2008.
- The founder and Chairman of Brunswick Group LLP, the international corporate and financial communications firm which he started in 1987, Sir Alan is a UK Business Ambassador, the Chairman of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference, the founder and Chairman of China Now, a Trustee of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, a Trustee of the Business Commitment to the Environment (BCE) Environmental Leadership Awards and a Trustee of FILMCLUB.
- Sir Alan said: ‘I am delighted and honoured to join Save the Children’s Board at such an exciting time. Save the Children has an amazing history. I am proud to have the chance to contribute to its exciting future.’ Sir Alan lives in London and is married to Jane. He was knighted in 2014 for services to business, charitable giving and philanthropy.
Mark Esiri (Vice Chair)
Mark is the founder of Venrex, an early stage venture capital firm, backing the founders and managers of businesses such as Notonthehighstreet.com (internet marketplace), Chilango (Mexican restaurant chain), Astley Clarke (internet jewellery), Smythson (luxury goods) and Peerius Limited (internet technology).
When living in New York, Mark was a founder member of the Internet Advertising Board's Measurement Committee (the first organisation to properly measure consumers' web behaviour). Mark has an LLB from University College London, and an MBA from University of Greenwich, London and has been a visiting lecturer on CRM and Internet Marketing. Mark has also been a featured speaker at the New York Venture Capital Association and the Software and Information Industry Association and has had articles published in various US direct marketing industry media. Mark is married with 3 children.
Gareth Thomas (Vice Chair)
As Retail Director and longest serving Board member of John Lewis, Gareth steered the department store group to win every major sector and service award by the time he left in April 2010. He is now a director of Naturepaint Ltd., and Total Retail Concepts.
He worked in a Non-Executive capacity for the British Heart Foundation between 2003 and 2006, and was appointed to the Board of Save the Children UK in 2005. Memories of his childhood spent in East Africa left a big impression of the huge divide between children born with and without so much.
Gareth was appointed to the main Board of Tate in April 2010 and in addition, he now Chairs the Board of Tate Enterprise Ltd and the Tate St Ives Advisory Council. He is also a Trustee of the American Museum in Britain
- Richard Winters (Honorary Treasurer)
- Richard is a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Richard has considerable experience of lead audit responsibility for a number of multinational companies; he currently leads the capital markets, accounting advisory and structuring business and is a member of the Assurance Executive with responsibility for risk and quality.
- During his career, Richard has had periods of secondment overseas and has also lead part of the valuation and strategy practice. He is a member of the Council of Wycombe Abbey School where he chairs the finance committee.
Robert Hingley (Chair of the Audit Committee)
Robert is Director of Investment Affairs at The Association of British Insurers and a Senior Adviser at Lazard. He was previously Director General of The Takeover Panel, on secondment from Lexicon Partners, where he was Vice Chairman.
Prior to joining Lexicon Partners, he was Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group and Head of German Investment Banking at Citigroup Global Capital Markets. He was appointed a trustee in 2007.
Adèle is a non-executive director of easyJet plc and serves on both its Audit and Finance Committees.
Until 2011, Adèle was Chief Financial Officer of KPMG Europe and previous leadership roles within KPMG included Chief Executive of KPMG’s global captive insurer, Chief Financial Officer of KPMG UK and UK Head of Strategy. Adèle graduated from the University of Kent with a BSc Hons in Mathematics & Computer Science. She trained as a chartered accountant with KPMG, became a partner in the firm in 1997 and joined its Board in 2000.
Bart Becht is the former CEO of Reckitt Benckiser, the global consumer goods company he led from its creation in 1999 until 2011.
Reckitt Benckiser’s health, home and hygiene brands are sold in nearly 200 countries around the world. Mr Becht, a native from the Netherlands has over 30 years of business experience building consumer brands around the world.
He currently serves as Chairman of JAB Investment Advisors, Non-executive Chairman of Coty, Inc. and DE Master Blenders N.V. as well as Non-executive Director of Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Inc. and ICON Aircraft, Inc. Mr Becht together with his wife Ann and other trustees manage the Becht Family Charitable Trust, a trust that makes predominantly contributions to humanitarian causes. As such he and his wife hold a long-standing passion for the contributions Save the Children makes.
Jamie is President and CEO of the Children's Investment Fund Foundation. She has more than 20 years’ experience in roles bringing private sector, government and nonprofit leaders together to pursue innovative policy and programming around economic and social issues.
She held senior roles for Shine Trust, Gould Partners and the Center for Policy Alternatives in Washington, DC and has also worked for CBS News and the Atlanta Project, an initiative of US President Jimmy Carter.
Jamie serves on several boards in the international development sphere, including the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children; the Harvard School of Public Health Board; the Impetus Advisory Council; Coutts UK Philanthropy Advisory Board and the Business Leadership Council for Preventing Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV.
Naomi is an expert in UK child poverty issues, with senior governance and management experience and a wide network across key decision-makers in the area.
Currently Senior Research Fellow, Education Department, and Fellow of St Hilda's College, University of Oxford, her career has included Director roles at the Department of Education’s Sure Start and the Cabinet Office’s Social Exclusion Task Force. As a former Save the Children staff member she has a strong engagement with our organisation and commitment to our ambitious UK growth targets.
Gumbonzvanda has served as Regional Director for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Eastern and Horn Africa covering 13 countries.
Active in the women’s movement, she has focused on issues of violence against women, peace with justice, property rights and HIV and AIDS. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology.
Tamara Ingram OBE
Tamara is Group EVP and Executive Managing Director of Grey Global Group as well as President of Team P&G, therefore, responsible for the Procter and Gamble relationship throughout the WPP Group. Tamara was formerly Executive Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, before joining McCann-Erickson as Chairman and Chief Executive of McCann and the World Group companies.
She then joined Kantar as president of Added Value, The Henley Centre & Fusion 5 (in the US). Tamara currently sits on the boards of The Almeida Theatre, Sage (a UK FTSE 100 company) and EDF Energy.
Until recently, Tamara was also chairman of Visit London. She is a member of AWNY, WACL, the Marketing Society and the Marketing Group of Great Britain. Tamara was shortlisted for the Verve Clicquot business woman of the year in 2006 and was named as an Ad Age ‘Woman to Watch’ in 2007. Tamara was awarded an OBE in 2011 for her services to tourism through her work with Visit London.
Sebastian James was appointed as Group Chief Executive and joined the Board of Dixons Retail in February 2012. Sebastian joined DSG International Group plc in April 2008 and held various roles before his appointment to the Board including Group Operations Director.
He is chairman of INK Publishing (Holdings) Limited. Prior to joining the Group he was chief executive of Synergy Insurance Services Limited, a private equity backed insurance company. He has wide retail experience and was strategy director responsible for developing and implementing the turnaround strategy at Mothercare plc in 2003.
Sebastian has held board directorships of three successful digital start-ups including one US to Europe joint venture in the e-Government space.
He started his career at The Boston Consulting Group. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MA from Oxford University.
Fiona McBain is Chief Executive of Scottish Friendly, the mutual financial services group. Fiona joined in 1998 and previously served as Finance Director.
Fiona spent her earlier career with Prudential and Arthur Young (now Ernst and Young), where she qualified as a chartered accountant, following her graduation from Glasgow University. Fiona has been twice awarded the coveted title of Scottish Enterprise Female Director of the Year at the Institute of Directors (Scotland) Award Ceremony. Fiona is a director of Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust plc and of the Association of Financial Mutuals, and is a member of the Small Business Practioner Panel at the Financial Services Authority.
Sophie has considerable experience of volunteers and volunteering with Save the Children and other organisations, and has managed and worked with volunteers in a range of contexts and activities.
Sophie is a chartered biologist who has taught in schools and universities, led an educational research and development team at King’s College, London, and worked with organisations including the World Bank and the BBC as an educational consultant. She has sat on the Council of the Zoological Society of London and was a trustee of London Zoo and Whipsnade Wildlife Park. Sophie is currently a governor of The Lady Eleanor Holles School.
Kevin Watkins is Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). He is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a senior visiting research fellow at the Global Economic Governance Programme at Oxford University.
Previously, he was the director and lead author of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report (2007 to 2010) and the UNDP Human Development Report, where he led the research on reports covering global poverty and inequality, the global water crisis, and climate change. Prior to working with the United Nations, he worked for thirteen years with Oxfam, where he authored major reports on African debt, international trade and Oxfam’s Education Report.
Kevin holds a doctorate from Oxford University and his research interests include poverty and inequality, education, approaches to equity in public spending and inclusive economic growth.
Our Vice Presidents work with us to extend the range of our influence and fundraising potential:
- Nigel Boardman
- Michael Edwards
- Gordon Campbell Gray
- Peter Mallinson
- Linda McGoldrick
- Keith Mullin
- Charlotte Ransom
- John Reizenstein
- John Reynolds
- Michael Ridley
- Andrew Sibbald
- Alisa Swidler
- Alex Wilmot-Sitwell