MAG's Board of Trustees

MAG’s Board of Trustees is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation. Find out more about our Trustees in the profiles below.

Operational decision-making is delegated by the Board to the Chief Executive and Management Team, who coordinate and direct MAG’s work worldwide.

The Board holds formal scheduled meetings at least four times a year, as well as a number of other ad hoc meetings. The Audit and Finance sub-committee meets six times a year and other sub-committee meetings are held as required. An Annual Meeting of the Trustees is also held.

In recruiting new Board members, MAG seeks a range of expertise and knowledge that will assist and support the organisation in its development. All new appointments follow a formal recruitment process, including meetings with the Executive Team and the Chairman and/or other Board members prior to interview and appointment by the full Board.

A formal induction programme for new Trustees has been prepared and all new Trustees receive various documents detailing the legal obligations of Trustees, alongside the Articles of Association, key policy documents, the Annual Report and Accounts, and details of the organisational structure of MAG. Trustees also undertake overseas visits to operational programmes as part of their induction to MAG.

All Trustees give their time freely and receive no remuneration or financial benefit. They are required to declare all relevant interests and MAG maintains a register of interests as an internal record of Trustee interests.

 MAG Trustees' Annual Report and Financial Statements


Karen Brown (Chair)

Chair, BookTrust; Governor, Ravensbourne College                     

Karen spent more than twenty years working in the creative industries, joining Granada in1979. From 1987 she worked at Channel 4 in various roles, culminating in the role of Deputy Director of Programmes (1997-2001) and Managing Director of 4 Learning. Just a few of the programmes she was responsible for were the launch of Dispatches, Cricket on 4 and TimeTeam.

Subsequently she became an independent adviser in Whitehall and for several publicly funded bodies including Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on delivery, communications and new media. She also gained board experience for small and large organisations in both public and commercial sectors.

In her voluntary capacity, she has been committed to the international development sector for the last 15 years. She is also chair of Booktrust (inspiring a love of reading).

Karen joined the Board of MAG as its next Chair in November 2017. 


Chris Kemp 

Head, BBC High Risk and News Safety Team

Chris served as an Army Officer for 24 years. When he left in 2011, he worked as the Senior Security Advisor for the HMG Stabilisation Unit for 3 years. Chris has extensive experience in fragile and conflict-affected countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Currently the Head of the BBC High Risk and News Safety team. Lives in Aldershot and is a Community First Responder in Rushmoor district.


Anthony Collier (Treasurer)

Partner, FRP Advisory LLP

Anthony is a chartered accountant with in excess of 14 years’ experience working in a Big Four international accountancy firm. He has worked with a range of clients from SMEs to listed PLCs, specialising in organisations that are experiencing significant financial or operational change.

He has more than 10 years' experience advising a range of clients on cross-border transactions and regulatory and corporate governance matters.


Prof. Bertrand Olivier Taithe
Professor of Cultural History and Founder and Director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester   


Bertrand Taithe was born in France. Since the late 1980s he has been living in the UK working as the Professor of Cultural History, and also founder and Director of the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute at the University of Manchester (

Bertrand works on the history of humanitarian aid and collaborates on the scientific board of the MSF think tank CRASH. He has worked with Handicap International, SAVE and other NGOs on research projects. See Bertrand's full profile at:


Dominic Kendal-Ward

Dominic is a qualified Solicitor, General Counsel and a member of the executive committee of Co-op insurance.  

Previously, Dominic worked at the global law firm Linklaters LLP, where he gained more than 10 years' experience advising a range of clients on cross-boarder transactions and regulatory and corporate governance matters.

Dominic is a member of the Board’s Governance, Nominations and Review Committee.

Knox Chitiyo, MAG Trustee

Dr Tapera Knox Chitiyo
Africa Fellow, Chatham House
President [and former Chair] Britain Zimbabwe Society
Former Head of the Africa Programme, Royal United Services Institute [RUSI]

Knox's areas of expertise include African and global defence and security, politics, development, and the contemporary African diaspora. Prior to coming to the UK, Knox was co-founder and Director of the Center for Defence Studies in Zimbabwe.

He was a Senior Lecturer in History and War Studies at the University of Zimbabwe and has also given guest lectures at the LSE and elsewhere. He co-founded the Dialogue and Reconciliation initiative in Zimbabwe. Knox has taught at regional Staff Colleges in southern, eastern and west Africa and also at the SADC Regional Peacekeeping Training Centre. He has also worked with SADC and the African Union on a variety of security and development issues.

In 2012, Knox was Zimbabwe's Honorary Consul and Zimbabwe Olympic Committee UK representative. Knox won the 2010 SKY/BEN TV Award for Contribution to Diplomacy, and was also a nominee in the 2011 Zimbabwe Achievers Awards [ZAA].

Ms Kathy Peach, MAG Trustee

 Peach (Board Security Focal Point)
Head of Innovation and Foresight, Bond

In 2011, Kathy was named "one of the top 40 most influential international development leaders under 40" by sector website Devex.

She has held senior management roles in both the domestic and international non-profit sector, including Director of Communications & External Affairs at Healthwatch England, Head of Campaigns & Social Change at the disability charity Scope, and Head of External Affairs at international volunteering charity VSO.

She led the successful UK campaign for the creation of a dedicated United Nations agency for women, UN Women, and masterminded a cross-sector campaign that helped persuade the Treasury to put an additional £3bn into social care funding. She is currently Head of Innovation & Foresight at Bond, the network for international development organisations.

Diane Reid

Diane Reid, MinstF(Cert)
 (Vice Chair and Chair of the Governance, Nominations and Review Committee)
Former Head of Outreach & Corporate Responsibility, BBC

Diane is the former Head of BBC Corporate Responsibility & Outreach, the department responsible for a range of activities that bring the BBC closer to its audiences, including staff volunteering, community engagement and corporate responsibility reporting.

Prior to that she was Group Manager for BBC North, which is based at MediaCityUK in Salford and is the result of one of the BBC’s most ambitious projects – to create a new centre of excellence outside London for production, technology development, training and digital media.

Diane first joined the BBC in 1981, and produced and directed a wide range of programmes and series, until leaving to work for Comic Relief in 2002.

In 2004, she became Chief Executive of the Community Media Association, the sector body for Community Radio and Television. Diane has also worked in the BBC Director-General's Office, where she was responsible for the BBC's Charity Appeals, which raise more than £100m each year.

Diane is a professionally-qualified fundraiser and has been a member of the Institute of Fundraising's Policy Advisory Group.


Matthew Sherrington, Charity Sector Consultant

Matthew has more than 25 years’ experience of charity marketing and leadership, and is a consultant in organisational strategy, fundraising and communications. He has been a trustee since 2013 and visited Lebanon in 2015.

He spent 14 years at Oxfam, working on the South Africa programme in the early 1990s before 10 years in fundraising, including time with Oxfam International co-ordinating marketing activities across several countries.

He went on to be Fundraising Director at Greenpeace USA for four years, led a charity-focused marketing agency, and since 2013 has run his own consultancy Inspiring Action, working with charities big and small. He is currently interim Communications Director at Oxfam.

Matthew bridges fundraising, communications, campaigning, leadership and organisation development, and is a regular conference speaker and blogger. He has particular expertise in the international development sector and in supporter marketing. He and his family live in Oxford.


John Michael Shinnick, Partner, Shinnick LLP

John qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 and, after working for a number of years in east Africa, joined Grant Thornton UK LLP.

He left the partnership in 2003 after 21 years as a partner, working predominantly with entrepreneurial entities in an assurance and advisory capacity.

He now operates a business consultancy, providing change management, coaching and non-executive director support.



Neil Andrew Turton, Chief Operating Officer, Co-Operatives UK

Co-operatives UK works to promote, develop and unite the thousands of member-owned businesses, worth £34.1 billion to the economy. Neil is responsible for leading its operations and business development.

Neil is an experienced senior director in the food industry, and previously ran his own consultancy advising retailers and suppliers. Prior to this Neil worked for nearly 25 years at Nisa Retail in various roles, culminating in seven years as Chief Executive Officer. Nisa is a £1.5 billion buying and marketing organisation for independent food retailers, based in north Lincolnshire but operating nationally and internationally. Neil led significant growth and strategic development during his time at Nisa, winning numerous awards. He also created and developed Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally Charity which continues to thrive.

He is a Director of the Association Of Convenience stores, the "voice of local shops", providing Government lobbying, advice and networking for 33,500 UK retailers. Neil holds an MBA, with distinction in strategy and has been fundraised for MAG for a number of years through various activities. He joined MAG's Board in 2013