Our Leadership: CEO and Executive Directors

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

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Tanya Steele, Interim Chief Executive

Tanya Steele, Director of Marketing, Fundraising & Communications at Save the Children

Tanya Steele is the Interim Chief Executive at Save the Children. She was previously Executive Director, Marketing, Fundraising & Communications at Save the Children, responsible for earning the support of the UK public and raising vital funding to deliver dramatic change for children across the world.

Tanya has also been a trustee at the Institute of Fundraising and Chair of the Standards Board. Before joining Save the Children, Tanya spent over 15 years working in marketing and communications, holding senior roles at Siemens and BT. Tanya has a BSc in marketing from Lancaster University and lives in London with her husband Mark and their son Ted.

Jennifer Geary, Chief Operating Officer

Jennifer Geary, Chief Operating Officer at Save the Children.

Jennifer joined Save the Children as Chief Operating Officer in September 2015. She works with the Chief Executive, focusing on the delivery of our post-2015 strategy, in collaboration with Save the Children International and through maximising relationships across the Save the Children movement. Jennifer is responsible for a number of our support functions, including legal, risk, insurance, internal communications, technology and child safeguarding.

A qualified chartered accountant, Jennifer has almost 20 years’ experience in roles covering risk, technology, finance, governance and control, and has substantial experience in supporting executive management in the planning and execution of strategy and change.

Kitty Arie, Acting Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns

Kitty Arie, Acting Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns at Save the Children.

Kitty has worked as a humanitarian and development expert for the last ten years, as a public policy writer for the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and as an editor for Reuters AlertNet, the organisation’s global humanitarian portal.

Before accepting the job at Harvard, Kitty worked for the Atlantic Monthly magazine, based in Boston, Massachusetts. She first worked as an assistant to the fiction editor, and then as the first fiction editor for the magazine online.

Kitty studied English literature and holds a Master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She joined Save the Children’s Humanitarian Department in 2007 and has held several jobs at the organisation since then.

She lives in London with her husband and three children.

Sam Sharpe, Chief Financial Officer

Sam Sharpe, Chief Financial Officer at Save the Children.

Sam joined Save the Children in September 2014 from the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID). Immediately before joining, he spent four years in Delhi as the head of DFID’s programme in India. From 2007 to 2010 he was DFID’s Director of Finance and Corporate Performance.

Sam’s first experience of development came as a student volunteer in Kolkata. Before joining Save the Children, he worked for nearly 30 years with the UK Government development programme. This included 13 years overseas, managing programmes in Zambia and Zimbabwe, and in India during the 1990s, before heading DFID’s South Africa office (2000 to 2004), and India office (2010 to 2014).

Sam has also held a range of policy and corporate roles in London, including two secondments to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Paul Cutler, Director of Human ResourcesPaul Cutler, Director of Human Resources at Save the Children.

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, while partnering with his brothers to open a restaurant and nightclub in west London that is still going strong today. In 2011, Paul joined GSK’s Consumer Healthcare division to become the Business Transformation Director of a major £40 million business intelligence and performance management initiative.

Fergus Drake, Director of Global Programmes

Fergus Drake, Director of Global Programmes at Save the Children.

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, where he advised President Kagame and his cabinet on achieving their Millennium Development Goals. Fergus has also spent five years working in Deloitte Consulting's Strategy & Operations practice, during which time he was seconded to HM Treasury as a Policy Advisor.

Fergus was based in Africa from 1999-2003, working for 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.

Last updated: January 2016.