Margie Buchanan-Smith has worked in the humanitarian aid sector for over 30 years, in a range of different capacities from operational programme management to policy research and evaluation. Margie has been head of ActionAid’s Emergencies Unit, a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University, and coordinator of the Humanitarian Policy Group at the Overseas Development Institute in London where she was also a Research Fellow. Now a freelance policy researcher and evaluator, Margie is currently a Senior Research Associate with the Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI and a Visiting Fellow at the Feinstein International Center of Tufts University. Margie is deeply committed to supporting organisations in improving and strengthening their humanitarian action, and in listening to those affected by crises to know how we can serve them better. As a well-published researcher, her concern is ensuring that research findings make a difference, and reach practitioners and policy-makers. Margie is also a qualified and experienced coach, with a particular focus on leadership development.
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 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.
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.
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
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