War Child staff in child-friendly space in Iraq.
Who we are

Our people

War Child employees, Senior Leadership team, Board of Trustees and ambassadors, all share the same passion to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children in war.

War Child believes in bringing together the most dedicated and creative minds to have the greatest impact for children living in conflict.

Our team is made up of 300 employees in our five countries of operation and 70 employees in our UK office, who are governed by our Senior Leadership Team, and our Board of Trustees.  

We are proud to also have the support of a network of incredible ambassadors who share our values and our mission to support thousands of children affected by conflict each year. 

 

Senior Leadership Team  

Our Senior Leadership Team bring with them a wealth of experience and passion for protecting children living in conflict. Together, they drive the vision and strategy for War Child and are responsible for the day-to-day decision making at the organisation.

 

Rob Williams, Chief Executive Officer   

Rob first worked on an overseas aid project when he was 18, with Save the Children in Morocco.  A gap year experience turned into a lifelong commitment to working with NGOs and civil society which has included many years leading projects and country programmes in Cambodia, Burundi, Rwanda, Angola, Bangladesh and other places, and three years in New York with Concern Worldwide helping to establish their fundraising and advocacy work in North America. He joined War Child as CEO in 2012. Rob has a degree in Law and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.  Outside the INGO world Rob has been, at various times, Deputy Children’s Commissioner for England, Chief Executive of Bliss and of the Fatherhood Institute. Rob was a recipient of the Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice in 2019 and appointed OBE in the UK in 2014.  He is married with two children and lives in Cambridge. 

 

Tracey Deal, Director of Resources 

Tracey has been with War Child UK since 2017 and has oversight of the Resources Department working collaboratively with all teams to establish, maintain and measure best practice operational standards, to ensure that programmatic support is in alignment with War Child’s strategic plan and operational vision. Prior to this Tracey has been working for 18 years in various countries across sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and London for different international NGOs in the development, emergency and peacebuilding arenas where she has built up extensive experience through strategic and operational roles across the operations portfolio. Tracey is also a Trustee for Lambeth and Southwark Mind, the mental health charity. 

 

Dean Anderson, Interim Director of Fundraising and Communications 

Dean has been Director of Fundraising and Communications at War Child since September 2021. He has worked for a number of international development and human rights organisations since 1996, leading fundraising teams at ChildHope UK, Amnesty International and ActionAid amongst others.  His background is in high level philanthropy and partnerships and he is passionate about growing income to fund transformative community-led work in social justice and human rights.   

 

Jonathan (Jon) Mitchell, Director of Programmes & Advocacy

Jon is a senior executive in international development and humanitarian affairs with extensive experience leading, managing and improving effectiveness of programs and organizations in the international development and humanitarian affairs fields. He is currently Director for Programmes and Advocacy for War Child UK. Prior to this, Jon worked for CARE International, Oxfam Great Britain, Plan International, and ODI in senior leadership roles at country, regional, and global levels. Jon has lived and worked in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Americas and Europe, he has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and is a dual citizen of the UK and USA.

Our Trustees

War Child’s Board of Trustees is made up of a number of experienced individuals who make sure that the organisation operates effectively, and that we achieve our charitable aims. Meet our Trustees below.
John Fallon.

John Fallon

Chair of Trustees

John Fallon.

John Fallon

Chair of Trustees

John is the former CEO of Pearson, the world's learning company, where he spearheaded a major digital transformation, bringing its purpose - of empowering people to progress in their lives through learning – alive. Prior to his appointment as CEO, John served as Chief Executive of Pearson’s International operations, working most extensively in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. He has also worked in a variety of public policy and communications roles, in global business, local UK government, and the Westminster Parliament. John is now an independent adviser and non-executive director, working with a range of organisations that are changing the future of education and work for good. He also advises companies and teaches in business schools, around the themes of leadership and digital transformation. 

Caroline Browne- Trustee

Caroline Browne

Treasurer

Caroline Browne- Trustee

Caroline Browne

Treasurer

Caroline is currently the Group Finance Director at the Watches of Switzerland Group PLC, where she was helped the Group through its recent IPO. Prior to this she was the Group Financial Controller at Next and has previously held senior Finance roles at Boots.  Caroline started her career in Audit and reached the position of Senior Manager at Ernst & Young, in Australia and UK, before transitioning into the private sector.  Caroline brings a wealth of experience across the full breadth of finance gained through 20 years of practise.  Caroline is also an Ambassador for the Retail Week “Be Inspired” programme, which aims to drive progressive change and equality in the UK retail sector. 

Rod MacLeod, Trustee

Rod MacLeod

Trustee

Rod MacLeod, Trustee

Rod MacLeod

Trustee

Rod is a principal consultant with INTRAC – a civil society support organisation, based in Oxford. As a consultant, he works on reviews, evaluations, training, facilitation, accompaniment and research for a wide range of organisations across the world. Previously he worked with Concern Worldwide in Cambodia, India, Sudan, and Haiti, in a range of management positions, including three at Country Director level. He has also worked at Save the Children Norway as an adviser covering East Africa and the Horn of Africa, and at Y Care International and Progression as International Programme Director. 

Cleo Blackman- Trustee

Cleo Blackman MBE

Trustee

Cleo Blackman- Trustee

Cleo Blackman MBE

Trustee

Cleo is a Project Director at DAI and is currently Associate Director Operations for the Centre for Disaster Protection. Cleo has worked on international development for 14 years, including managing large portfolios of donor-funded programmes. Prior to joining DAI, she was Director of Programmes (Coexistence) at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, overseeing innovative programmes aimed at generating evidence on how to build resilience to conflict and extremism. Cleo spent 10 years in the UK civil service, working for the Department for International Development and Cabinet Office in policy and programme roles including overseas in Afghanistan and the DRC. Cleo has a Masters in Development Studies from the University of London, Birkbeck. 

James Briggs- Trustee

James Briggs

Trustee

James Briggs- Trustee

James Briggs

Trustee

James is a fundraising specialist and entrepreneur who has worked in the sector for over 20 years. He co-founded and still leads two specialist companies that deliver creative, strategic and payment services to charities in the UK and abroad. As well as developing award-winning campaigns for a wide range of household names, James has been a pioneer of mobile fundraising – helping to shape both the technology and regulation that underpin this vital form of giving. In addition to his board position, he also sits on the Advisory Committee for War Child's The Right To Dance initiative. 

Shruti Mehrotra- Trustee

Shruti Mehrotra

Trustee

Shruti Mehrotra- Trustee

Shruti Mehrotra

Trustee

Shruti Mehrotra serves as Executive Officer for George Soros and his Open Society Foundations.  At the Foundations, she has led a series of initiatives including the first ever program on global economic policy, a $500 million impact investment commitment, and a new cross-cutting initiative on climate change. Previously, she worked with former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair leading the development of his work internationally and served as a Special Advisor to two sitting Heads of State on his behalf. She has also led a number of public-private initiatives, including the World Economic Forum’s inaugural work on climate change and a critical piece of President Obama’s PowerAfrica. Shruti was named a Presidential Leadership Scholar by former Presidents Bill Clinton and G.W. Bush and a Global Leadership Fellow by the World Economic Forum. 

Tom Scourfield- Trustee

Tom Scourfield

Trustee

Tom Scourfield- Trustee

Tom Scourfield

Trustee

Tom is a Solicitor Advocate and Partner at international law firm CMS, specialising in intellectual property, where he holds a number of senior leadership roles. Tom has over 20 years of experience in advising blue chip corporates, high net-worth individuals and not-for-profit and charitable entities on brand strategy, commercialisation and enforcement. Tom is a pro-bono champion at CMS and advises many charities on their branding and IP-related issues. Tom studied at the University of Nottingham, the University of Texas at Austin, and holds a post-graduate qualification in IP law from the University of Bristol. 

Sarah Dunn, Trustee

Sarah Dunn

Trustee

Sarah Dunn, Trustee

Sarah Dunn

Trustee

Sarah is Managing Director of Abt Britain. Sarah’s experience includes nearly two decades as a Senior Executive with the Department for International Development (now Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office).  At DfID, she worked in Africa, the Middle East, and Caribbean and held several executive and strategic advisory positions, including head of trade policy. Her public sector experience is complemented by a track record as a commercial manager in the energy sector and work in the private foundation and NGO sectors. She led strategy and partnership development for the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and was part of the inaugural Executive team at The Power of Nutrition.

Siobhan King- Trustee

Siobhan King

Trustee

Siobhan King- Trustee

Siobhan King

Trustee

Siobhan is a child protection and safeguarding specialist with 20-plus years of national and international experience. She has had a diverse career working for several different organisations including Barnardo’s, Government Social Services, UNICEF and the British Council. At the British Council, Siobhan established and managed a global child protection/safeguarding function.  

Siobhan is currently an independent consultant and collaborating with GCPS Consulting and Social Development Direct as a senior associate and a registered consultant with the Safeguarding Resource and Support Hub. Siobhan has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Nottingham and is a UK licenced social worker with Social Work England. Siobhan has a personal connection to the mission of War Child having grown up in Northern Ireland during the ‘Troubles’ and from also witnessing the impact and legacy of war whilst working with child victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam. 

Our ambassadors  

We’re proud to work with some amazing public figures and celebrities across a range of industries who share our passion to protect, educate and stand up for the rights of children in war. They are:

  • Carey Mulligan – Global Ambassador 
  • Marcus Mumford – Global Ambassador 
  • Vanessa Kirby – Global Ambassador 
  • Miles Jacobson OBE – Ambassador 
  • Jack Savoretti – Music Ambassador 
  • Rinsola Babajide – Sports Ambassador

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Our network and partners

We work with a number of passionate, creative and forward-thinking partners, agencies, brands, corporates, trusts and foundations to ensure we have the greatest impact for children living through conflict.

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What we stand for

Wherever we work, we are guided by our values and are committed to reaching children who need us most, when they need us most.

A child in Bosnia.

Our history

War Child was founded in 1993 by filmmakers David Wilson and Bill Leeson, along with social entrepreneur Willemijn Verloop, who were horrified by the violence and ethnic cleansing they witnessed in Bosnia. Learn more about our story.