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CEO and Executive Leadership Team

Our Chief Executive and Executive Leadership Team are responsible for shaping our goals and ensuring we achieve them. They are guided by, and are accountable to our Board of Trustees.
Kevin Watkins, CEO of Save The Children.

Kevin Watkins, Chief Executive

Kevin joined Save the Children in September 2016, after spending three years as Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute.

Previously, he held a senior academic role at the Brookings Institution, and acted as an adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Education, before which he spent seven years at the United Nations, as director and lead author of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report and UNDP’s Human Development Report.

He is a senior visiting research fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Global Economic Governance and a Visiting Professor of International Development at the London School of Economics.

Francis D’Souza, Interim Chief Financial Officer

Francis D’Souza, Interim 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

Kirsty McNeill, Executive Director

Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns

Kirsty leads 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 charities 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 is on the board of the Holocaust Educational Trust and is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Gemma Sherrington, Executive Director of Fundraising and Marketing

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. 

Gwen Hines, Executive Director Global Programmes

Gwen Hines, Executive Director

Global Programmes

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.

Fiona Clark, Executive Director of Transformation

Fiona Clark, Executive Director

Transformation

Fiona joined Save the Children in October 2019, bringing a broad range of transformation, change and programme management skills to the organisation's strategic improvement work. Fiona has been a supporter of Save the Children for many years, and this is her first role working in the charity sector.

She spent ten years in central government (HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, Department of Business – and on secondment to NHS England) – and held a number of strategic programmes, project and operational roles.

Prior to that she led business transformation and improvement projects, as a management consultant with PwC and IBM. Her early career was as a chemical engineer and manufacturing manager.

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