Trustees at Save the Children
Our Board of Trustees works 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.
Peter Bennett-Jones, Chair
Peter is the founder of artist agency PBJ Management and the Tiger Television Group, from which he stepped down as chair in 2011. Prior to setting up these companies, Peter was Managing Director of Corporate Communications Consultants, Talkback Productions and a director of theatrical producers Pola Jones Associates.
He is currently Chairman of independent TV company Burning Bright Productions. Peter was Chair of Trustees of Comic Relief and Sport Relief from 1998-2013 and a director of the Millennium Promise (UK) from 2009-14. He is a governor of Rugby School and Chairman of its Arnold Foundation.
Peter is on the board of the Liverpool Playhouse, as well as the National Theatre, where he also chairs its Production Board. He is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society, from which he has received a Lifetime Achievement Award, and was granted the BAFTA Special Award in 2011. Peter was awarded a CBE for services to the Entertainment Industry and to Charity in the 2014 New Years Honours.
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 internet marketplace Notonthehighstreet.com, Mexican restaurant chain Chilango, internet jewellery business Astley Clarke, luxury goods firm Smythson and internet technology company Peerius Limited.
While 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 the University of Greenwich, London. He 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 three children.
Fiona McBain, Vice-chair
Fiona McBain is Chief Executive of Scottish Friendly, the mutual financial services group. She 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 twice been awarded the coveted title of Scottish Enterprise Female Director of the Year at the Institute of Directors (Scotland) Award Ceremony. She is a director of Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust plc and of the Association of Financial Mutuals, and is a member of the Small Business Practitioner Panel at the Financial Conduct Authority.
Gareth Davies, Honorary Treasurer
Gareth is a partner at the international accountancy and advisory firm Mazars, where he leads on audit and advisory work for UK public services.
He was previously Managing Director of the Audit Commission's Audit Practice, and held several senior posts at the Commission before that. Gareth has combined a long career in public audit with an interest in international development and humanitarian work. He was a trustee and the Honorary Treasurer of Oxfam GB from 2005 to 2011 and then a trustee at Merlin, the international health charity, from 2011 to 2014.
Sir Alan Parker
Sir Alan was Chair of Save the Children UK's Board of Trustees from 2008 to 2015, and is now Chair of Trustees at Save the Children International. He is 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, 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 lives in London and is married to Jane. He was knighted in 2014 for services to business, charitable giving and philanthropy.
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.
Diana has worked for a range of development organisations and policy think tanks, focusing particularly on climate and energy issues and supporting sustainable livelihoods. As part of a diverse portfolio, she works at the convening organisation, Pi Capital, supports various green economy initiatives, sits on several boards - including the Friends of the Royal Academy and the sustainable energy charity, Ashden (where she is chair) - and takes care of her four daughters.
Diana has a first class undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford and advanced degrees from both Oxford and the University of Pennsylvania.
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 non-profit 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 former 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.
Arabella Duffield has a PhD in Public Health Nutrition from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She worked extensively in Africa and Asia for ten years for the UN and non-governmental organisations including Save the Children. She completed the Sloan Programme at London Business School in 2008.
Arabella is currently a trustee of Save the Children, the AD Charitable Trust, Access for Inspiration, the Clore Social Leadership Programme, the Clore Israel Foundation and the Weizmann Institute (International & UK).
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, Naomi has a strong engagement with our organisation and commitment to our ambitious UK growth targets.
Anne is Non Executive Director and Chair of Audit Committee at Interserve, SThree and Nyrstar. Until 2015 Anne was CFO of BP’s Aviation Fuels business. During her 27 years at BP Anne gained extensive experience of global business, developing markets, risk management, internal control, compliance and strategy development in BP’s aviation, petrochemicals, trading and retail sectors.
Anne is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, having working at KPMG in Ireland and Australia prior to joining BP in 1988.
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.
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. Until recently, Tamara was also chairman of Visit London. This work led to her being awarded an OBE in 2011 for services to tourism.
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.
Prior to joining the group, he was chief executive of Synergy Insurance Services Limited, a private equity backed insurance company. Sebastian 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, and holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MA from Oxford University.
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.
She 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.
Sophie 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.
Lisa is the Chief Compliance Officer at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (the EBRD), a multilateral development bank. Lisa is member of the Senior Leadership Group and represents the EBRD at various international fora, such as the FATF, the B20 Anti-Corruption Forum, OECD Anti-Corruption Network and Transparency International’s Steering Committee on the Business Principles for Countering Corruption.
Prior to joining the EBRD, Lisa was Group Head of Compliance, Public Affairs and Regulatory Change Management at the global clearing house, LCH.Clearnet. She has over 20 years of legal and compliance experience in the USA and the UK. Previous positions include Global Head of Regulatory Affairs at Barclays Capital and Head of Litigation and Contentious Regulatory Affairs for Europe, the Middle East and Africa with Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Lisa has a BA from Vanderbilt University and a MSc from the London School of Economics. She received her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law and qualified to practice law in the US and the UK.
Mark is a Managing Director in Group Finance at Swiss Re, a leading wholesale provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. He has held a range of Finance leadership roles at Swiss Re, including Chief Financial Officer Reinsurance EMEA, Co-Head of Finance Operations/CFO Property & Casualty and Group Chief Accounting Officer.
Prior to this, Mark trained as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in the UK, followed by audit and advisory roles in France and Switzerland.
Our vice-presidents work with us to extend the range of our influence and fundraising potential.
- Ann and Bart Becht
- Nigel Boardman
- Gordon Campbell Gray
- Michael Edwards
- Erland and Rose Marie Karlsson
- Dora Loewenstein
- Peter Mallinson
- Sophie McCormick
- Keith Mullin
- Charlotte Ransom
- John and Susan Reizenstein
- John Reynolds
- Amanda Richards
- Michael Ridley
- Andrew Sibbald
- Graham & Susan Tobbell
Last updated: April 2017.