We are Elrha, a force for change in the humanitarian community. The research and innovation we support equips the humanitarian community with the knowledge of what works, so people affected by crises get the right help when they need it most.
Our purpose is clear: to empower the humanitarian community to improve humanitarian response. We make this happen by supporting and championing the outcomes of robust research and proven innovations.
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How we work

As a global humanitarian charity, we work with a wide range of actors, networks and partners to ensure our work achieves real impact. Our governance structure helps us to act with independence and integrity and is led by our Board of Trustees.

Our governance structure

Our Board

Our Board of non-executive trustees has overall responsibility for us: it approves our strategic direction, ensuring we focus on delivering our ambitious strategy, vision and mission. Our Board ensures we are legally compliant, approves policies, budgets, plans and manages our organisational risk. Our CEO, Jess Camburn, reports to the Chair of the Board.

Our Board is supported by a number of expert advisory and technical groups, as well as funding committees.

Treasurer: Andrew Shellard

Partner, Alantra

Treasurer: Andrew Shellard

Partner, Alantra

Andrew,  a chartered accountant, brings to our Board a strong knowledge on financial leadership and UK-charity governance. Before joining our Board, Andrew was the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for EveryChild, a UK based charity at the head of a 30 country alliance focused on childcare and protection.

In his professional life Andrew has held a number of senior roles in investment banking through a 25-year career in finance. Andrew is currently a board member and Partner in a London based financial advisory boutique called Alantra



Andy Katz

Global Strategy Service & commercial Innovation, PA Consulting

Andy Katz

Global Strategy Service & commercial Innovation, PA Consulting

Andy Katz leads PA’s work on Growth and Innovation strategy. He is a recognised leader in strategic growth and innovation consulting, supporting the leaders of major organisations to conceive of, make sense of, qualify and take to market new, growth initiatives whether new products, services or stand-alone businesses. Andy also aids business leaders as they seek to develop innovative and agile innovation capabilities.

Andy has advised executives in businesses globally and particularly in the UK, across Continental Europe and in the United States. While Andy has worked extensively in many industries, those that are core include energy and utilities, business information and media, healthcare and life sciences, consumer packaged goods and defence.

Andy has aided his clients in securing $ billions of new value through new business development, commercialising innovation and technology and providing an entrepreneurial, action-oriented and pragmatic perspective.

Matt Clancy

Governance Adviser, UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Matt Clancy

Governance Adviser, UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Matt Clancy has moved between research, communications, and policy roles for humanitarian and development organisations for the past ten years. Currently working in DFID’s education team in London, he was most recently the ICRC’s Humanitarian Policy Spokesperson where he led the development of communication strategies and content across ICRC’s humanitarian policy teams.

He has lived and worked in Nepal, Bangladesh, Sudan, Lebanon, Australia, Switzerland, and the UK.

While Matt is currently employed by DFID, his involvement with Elrha is purely in a personal capacity.

Wendy Fenton

Coordinator of the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) & Senior Research Fellow, ODI

Wendy Fenton

Coordinator of the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) & Senior Research Fellow, ODI

Wendy Fenton is the Coordinator of the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) hosted by the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Institute in London, and a Senior Research Fellow.

She has over 30 years of operational, management, advisory and research experience in humanitarian and development programming with NGOs and donors across a wide range of sectors and topics primarily in Sudan and Ethiopia.

Immediately before joining ODI in 2009, Wendy worked as an independent consultant focusing on fragile states, specifically issues related to NGO programming, funding mechanism performance and safety nets. ODI regularly calls on her expertise on South Sudan.

Most recently Wendy served as the head of the ODI Secretariat to the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers and has initiated and managed follow on research on cash transfers. She also serves on the steering groups and boards of a number of humanitarian organisations and associations.

How we safeguard and prevent incidents

It’s critical to us that we maintain the safety and protection of all those we work with, including our staff, governance groups, grantees, and the people our grantees work with. In addition, we have a zero-tolerance approach towards all forms of unethical behaviour, including bribery, facilitation payments, tax evasion and money laundering.

To help us achieve the high standards we set, we work day to day informed by, and accountable to, our Safeguarding Policy, Codes of Conduct, and Incident Management Policy.

How we spend our money

Our income primarily comes from institutional donors to support our funding programmes. Below you’ll find our expenditure split by programme and donor.

£5.4m Total Expenditure* *Total expenditure relates to the 8-month period from May 2018 (when we became an independent charity) to end of December 2018.

Restricted expenditure

Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF)

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Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC)

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Global Alliance for Humanitarian Innovation (GAHI)

UK Department for International DevelopmentMinistry of Foreign Affairs, NetherlandsDepartment of Foreign Affairs and Trade, AustraliaMinistry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark{"values":["UK Department for International Development","Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands","Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia","Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark"]}{"values":[137664,117093,129102,117315]}{"values":["","","",""]}{"values":["\u00a3","\u00a3","\u00a3","\u00a3"]}

Read our Annual Report

Get the details of our structure, governance and financial statements for 2018 in our Annual Report.

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