Board of trustees
Chair of trusteesKaren spent 20 years working in the creative industries first at Granada Television and then Channel 4, latterly as Deputy Director of Programmes and Managing Director of 4Learning (1997-2001). She became a consultant in Whitehall and with several public bodies including the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew. She has served on public, not-for-profit and commercial boards. In a voluntary capacity, she is committed to international development, and over the last 15 years has chaired ActionAid, been vice chair of ActionAid International, chaired Oxfam and now chairs MAG.
Imagine your world wrecked by war and afterwards by the fear of the unexploded mines and shells still concealed in the landscape around you. I deeply admire MAG’s work clearing these unexploded weapons, thereby enabling people to rebuild their lives.
Vice ChairChief Operating Officer
John is currently Chief Operating Officer at Rothschild Wealth and has 17 years' experience in advising emerging and developing market corporates, financials and sovereigns. Previously, John practiced law at Allen & Overy.
MAG's mandate is practical: the benefits to impacted communities are real and there is a palpable sense of the contribution that one can make. That's both unique and motivating.
Chair of the Governance, Nominations & Review CommitteeIndependent Consultant
Judith is an independent consultant and was the first Executive Director of the CHS Alliance. Based in Portugal, she has over three decades of experience in the humanitarian sector. Between 2002 and 2015, Judith held senior management positions at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva and in the field, including in the Occupied Territories, Sudan, and Chad. She has worked for Concern Worldwide in Sudan, Angola and for the International Rescue Committee in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, East Timor, Indonesia and Afghanistan. A health professional by training, she holds a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from the London School of Economics.
Having worked in Angola, I have seen first-hand that before during and after a conflict, landmines and other unexploded ordnance can devastate the lives of people and communities affected by crisis. The work of MAG helps to save lives, build futures and above all, gives hope to people who have had to endure so much suffering.
TrusteeDirector Group Security, News UK
Chris is the Group Director of Security for News UK (the Times, the Sunday Times and the Sun newspapers). He has over 30 years of safety and security experience. Chris is a former Army Officer and then Senior Security Advisor for the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit and most recently spent three years as the head of the BBC High Risk and News Safety team.
MAG makes a difference to the lives of people struggling to forge futures in the aftermath of war and violence.
TrusteeUK High Commissioner, Kenya. Jane is a British diplomat and is currently the High Commissioner to Kenya. She is an expeditionary diplomat with a background on security issues, the Middle East and South Asia. Immediately prior, she was the director of the UK’s Joint International Counter Terrorism Unit and has served as HM Ambassador to Sana’a, Yemen and as Deputy Ambassador to Tehran, Iran. She has been posted to Afghanistan, twice to Iraq, and to Washington DC as an advisor to the US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke. She joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 2001 and has also worked for the Ministry of Defence, Cabinet Office and Home Office.
I believe MAG’s work is incredibly important. In my day job, it can takes years to see the (hopefully positive) impact of some of our work. The fact that MAG makes lives better on a daily basis is a wonderful contrast.
TrusteeExecutive Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships at Cancer Research UK
Frances has a wide experience of senior leadership, fundraising and marketing success over 25 years including Philanthropy, Major Giving, Corporate Partnerships, Events, Regional Fundraising, Volunteer Management and fundraising strategy.
Listed in Fundraising Magazine’s “25 Most Influential” in 2018, Frances is a strong, passionate fundraising development professional and has led several pioneering fundraising initiatives within the UK and internationally.
TrusteeHead of Governance, IRW
Khaleel is IRW’s Head of Governance and Company Secretary. He sits on the Board of Directors and is an advisor to the Trustees, to whom he has a direct reporting line. Khaleel joined Islamic Relief in January 2018 where he has headed up a newly created department within IRW which includes IRW’s legal team, internal audit function and the compliance and security group.
He joined IRW from Save the Children International where he was a member of their Legal and Compliance Team focusing on compliance and managing risk.
Prior to that, Khaleel was a legal advisor to various central UK government departments over 10 years in the UK Government Legal Department (as it became) including the Departments of Health, Education, the Treasury Solicitor’s Department and the Home Office. As a public administration lawyer he advised on policy, regulation, legislation and human rights. He was also the assistant solicitor to the Leveson Inquiry, a judicial inquiry into the UK press.
Khaleel qualified as a lawyer with Allen & Overy LLP in 2004, a global commercial law firm operating out of London.
TrusteeManaging Director of EDIT Development and Founder of EDIT Mentoring Exchange.
Sonia is a global business leader with over 20 years experience in leadership, working cross culturally with specific experience in Europe, Africa and India.
Sonia has held senior leadership positions in both retail and the financial services sector and therefore bring broad commercial and operational experience to the organizations I work with. A keynote speaker, facilitator and executive coach, Sonia is committed to making a difference to the demographic and performance landscapes of the global businesses that the EDIT team work with.
Prof. Bertrand Taithe
TrusteeExecutive Director Humanitarian And Conflict Response Institute, University of Manchester
Bertrand Taithe studied in the Sorbonne and Manchester and has been working at the University of Manchester since 2000. Bertrand researches humanitarian practices and organisations. He founded the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute in 2008 and is a trustee of UK-Med and a scientific committee member of the MSF think tank CRASH in Paris. He has worked and is working with IFRC, Save the Children, HI and ALNAP in the humanitarian sector. His writings are on the history and the current policies of the humanitarian industry. Bertrand co-edits a book series on humanitarian affairs with Manchester University Press and an open access journal, Humanitarian Affairs.
MAG is an organisation with a specific mandate, a clear role in the world and considerable ambitions. It is a growing organisation at a crucial phase in our changing understanding of wars and conflicts. The work it does is extremely technical and necessary. In terms of clarity of purpose and significance it stands proud among very few organisations of the humanitarian world.
Trustee (treasurer)Chartered accountant and insolvency practitioner
Anthony is a chartered accountant and insolvency practitioner with over 15 years of experience in advising corporates and stakeholders in times of financial or operational change. He uses his transaction and restructuring experience to deliver projects to improve, preserve or restore value for clients. Anthony joined the board in January 2017 and has recently visited the Lebanon project to see first-hand MAG’s humanitarian mine action work.
MAG saves lives and provides a platform for other NGOs to deliver humanitarian relief in some of the most hostile environments in the world.
TrusteeGeneral Counsel - Co-op Insurance, Funeralcare and Life Planning
Dominic is a solicitor and is currently General Counsel at Co-op Insurance, Funeralcare and Life Planning, based in Manchester. He was counsel within the corporate team at international law firm Linklaters LLP, where he had 12 years’ experience of advising a range of multi-national clients.
What is truly incredible about MAG is the people. From the teams in the field to the staff supporting programmes across the world to HQ colleagues back in Manchester, there is a single-minded dedication to MAG’s vital work.
Chief ExecutiveDarren joined MAG in 2008 and was appointed as CEO in 2020. Darren has worked for both the private and non-profit sectors in the UK and internationally, including in Cambodia, South Sudan, Sudan, Philippines and Indonesia.
Director of FinanceAngela joined MAG in January 2020 as Finance Director and is responsible for leading the development of the organisation’s financial strategy, including effective risk management, financial planning and reporting. Her experience spans across not-for-profit, public and commercial healthcare sectors, most recently as Finance Director of a group of private hospitals in the UK.
Director of EngagementJon is a former daily newspaper journalist who ran newsrooms on large evening newspapers in the UK and subsequently established a strategic communications consultancy, advising public and private sector clients on a diverse range of campaigns in relation to issues such as economic development, regeneration and public health. He leads MAG’s external relations, communications and fundraising activity.
People and Organisational Development DirectorVictoria has a background in human resources and organisational development across various sectors of the public service, including the NHS, the prison service, councils and universities; with the latter including a global, NGO and commercial portfolio. She leads MAG’s human resources and organisational development activities.