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Save the Children UK appoints three new trustees

Save the Children, 17th July 


London - Save the Children UK has appointed Razia Khan, Tanuja Randery and Kajal Odedra as new trustees on its Board.  

Razia Khan is Chief Economist for Africa and the Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank, with more than 20 years’ experience covering emerging and frontier markets. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Royal Africa Society and previously served on the World Economic Forum’s Future Councils on Poverty and Migration. She was named one of the ‘100 Most Influential Africans’ in 2015 by New African Magazine, and the ‘100 Africa Economics Leaders’ by Institut Choiseul in 2017.

Of her appointment, Razia said: “I am deeply honoured to be joining Save the Children UK as a trustee, given the all-important work done by the charity in promoting the interests of some of the world’s most vulnerable children. Save the Children’s is a cause around which everyone can rally.”

Tanuja Randery is a Partner with management consulting firm McKinsey & Company in the London office. She brings over 25 years’ experience in senior executive and NED roles across the technology, telecoms and industrial sectors. Most recently Tanuja was CEO, UK & Ireland, for Schneider Electric, the global energy management and automation firm. She has a strong passion and track record in championing talent and diversity in business, founding PowerWomen network in 2015, a senior women leaders network in the UK, and was recognised by the FT/HERoes Outstanding Awards as a Top 50 Champion for Women in Business in 2017 and 2018. Tanuja has extensive non-executive Board experience having served as NED for two publicly listed firms - Proximus Group in Belgium and Zensar Technologies. She was also recently appointed to the London First Board.

On her appointment Tanuja said: “I am honoured to join Save the Children UK as a trustee. The strategic focus on child education and health is critical to both protecting children around the world and ensuring they have a future with opportunities to grow.”

Kajal Odedra is Executive Director for Change.org UK, supporting some of the biggest people powered campaigns in the UK – from Laura Coryton’s campaign to end the tampon tax to Richard Ratcliffe’s fight to free his wife Nazanin from prison in Iran. Kajal founded the People of Colour in Campaigns network to address a diversity problem in the campaigns sector. She is also on the Leadership Committee for Ada's List, the network for women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, Independent and New Statesman.

Kajal said: “I'm looking forward to joining the Board at a time when there is so much work to be done to improve the lives of children around the world.”

Interim Chair of Save the Children UK’s Board of Trustees, Charles Steel, said of the new appointments: “I am thrilled to welcome Razia, Tanuja and Kajal to the Board. They bring an invaluable array of talents and experience to Save the Children and I know the entire trustee group is very much looking forward to working with each of them.”

These trustee positions were advertised nationally, and shortlisted candidates underwent a thorough interview process. All three new trustees were questioned on a range of issues including their areas of expertise and their understanding of, and commitment to, issues of diversity, equality and inclusion. Our staff networks were kept informed throughout this recruitment process and some staff members met the candidates as part of the appointment process.


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