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CEO & Executive Leadership Team

Our leadership are responsible for shaping our goals and ensuring we achieve them. They are guided by, and are accountable to our Board of Trustees.
Gwen Hines, Executive Director Global Programmes. Photo: Kimberly Hoang / Save the Children

Gwen Hines, CEO

Gwen joined Save the Children in March 2018. She has worked in international development for 20 years, most recently as International Programmes Director at the Department for International Development (DFID), where she led the Multilateral Development Review, benchmarking 41 organisation and identifying areas for improvement.

Prior to that she was UK Executive Director for the World Bank Group (2012-2015), where she helped to broker major reforms to the Bank's procurement and evaluation policies and provided oversight of Britain's $5bn funding. Gwen has also held the post of Country Director for DFID in Bangladesh and Malawi, and she has played a variety of strategic roles shaping the UK's engagement with Africa through the G8, DFID's strategy on HIV/AIDS, and approaches to EU enlargement.

Francis D’Souza, Chief Financial Officer. Photo: Kimberly Hoang / Save the Children

Francis D’Souza, Chief Financial Officer

Francis joined Save the Children UK in 2014, initially as the Head of Financial Planning and Analysis. For the last two years he’s held the role of Financial Controller, leading the team responsible for the organisation’s financial operations, financial reporting, forecasting and budgeting. Before joining Save, Francis worked for a number of years at Diageo Plc, a FTSE 100 global drinks company. He first qualified as an accountant in an accountancy and business advisory practice.

Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns. Photo: Kim Hoang / Save the Children

Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director

Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns

Kirsty McNeill is Save the Children's Executive Director for Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, leading teams to galvanise the public and influence policymakers on humanitarian action, global development and help for children here in the UK.

Previously, she founded a consultancy advising some of the world’s leading social purpose organisations and spent three years as a Special Adviser in Number 10. She came to Downing Street having led the policy and influencing work of DATA, Bono and Bob Geldof’s advocacy organisation, in Britain, Germany, France, Italy and the EU institutions.

Before joining DATA she was on the board of Make Poverty History and managed the Stop AIDS Campaign, successfully negotiating a commitment to universal access to AIDS treatment from the 2005 G8.

Today she chairs Larger Us, the Civic Power Fund and the Aid Alliance and is on the boards of the Holocaust Educational Trust, the Coalition for Global Prosperity, IPPR and the Center for Countering Digital Hate. She tweets at @kirstyjmcneill.

Gemma Sherrington, Executive Director of Fundraising and Marketing. Photo: Kim Hoang / Save the Children

Gemma Sherrington, Executive Director

Fundraising and Marketing

Gemma leads teams responsible for engaging Save the Children’s supporters in the UK who generously give their time, money and voice to support our goals for children.

Gemma has over 15 years of fundraising and marketing experience. She joined Save the Children in 2007 as a New Ventures Manager in the Fundraising team. Subsequently Gemma has held Director positions in Community Fundraising, Retail, Innovation and Fundraising Campaigns, as well as leading on Save the Children’s broadcast partnership with ITV’s Text Santa. Much of Gemma’s work at Save the Children has focused on building integrated fundraising campaigns in collaboration with colleagues across the organisation.

Prior to joining Save the Children, she worked in fundraising at NSPCC, Cardinal Hume Centre and WaterAid. 

Pria Rai: Photo: Kim Hoang / Save the Children

Pria Rai, Executive Director


Pria joined Save the Children in April 2021 as Executive Director of People and will lead the people and culture agenda across the organisation. She comes to Save the Children with a background of people and organisational systems change leadership in organisations working in international education and housing. 

Pria is actively involved in governance of third sector organisations and is a trained systems coach. Her expertise and values lie in a people-centred approach to leadership, and by her ability to combine vision with a practical understanding of change processes.

Adam Berthoud, Executive Director

Global Programmes

As Interim Executive Director of Global Programmes at Save the Children UK,  Adam is responsible for leading Save the Children UK’s International Programming work, working with colleagues from across the wider Save the Children movement.  Adam recently led Save the Children UK’s Guiding Star 2030 visioning process, articulating the big shifts the organisation will need to take to remain impactful in the future, as well as the development of SCUK’s new Partnerships for Impact Strategy, with the aim of diversifying and strengthening the organisation’s partnership base.

Adam has worked in the international development and humanitarian sector for approximately 20 years, including postings in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Australia, working for a number of International Non-Government Organisations.  Since joining Save the Children in 2009,  Adam has had several different roles, including the creation of Save the Children UK’s Humanitarian Technical Unit, leadership of Save the Children Australia’s Technical Department, and supporting Save the Children UK’s Humanitarian Partnerships Platform – an incubator for humanitarian global good initiatives including the Start Network, Elrha and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy.  Before stepping up as Interim Executive Director of Global Programmes,  Adam led SCUK’s Programme Partnerships Department where he was responsible for strengthening SCUK’s strategic partnerships and providing oversight and support to Save the Children UK’s international programmes portfolio.

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