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How we are governed

Concern Worldwide UK is governed and regulated by our Trustees.

Chibala and Catherine

Trustees are elected on a rotational basis at the annual general meeting (AGM). Drawn from diverse business and professional backgrounds, they bring a broad range of experience and skills. Our Trustees are never paid members of staff.

Shortly after the AGM new Trustees attend an induction course to familiarise themselves with their responsibilities. This covers their role as board members, the governance framework within Concern Worldwide UK, our development and humanitarian work and the risk environment.

The board meets at least three times a year.

Our Trustees

  • Zamila Bunglawala

Zamila is a Deputy Director of the Race Disparity Unit, Cabinet Office leading pioneering work on data having created the Ethnicity Facts and Figures website. Through her extensive national and international policy, strategy and programmes experience in senior roles – including No.10 Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office, Whitehall departments, Open Society Foundation, Young Foundation, Brookings Institution, United Nations in Darfur, Sudan and Kathmandu, Nepal – Zamila has led a wide range of policy and program projects, specialising in education and employment, gender, SGBV, ethnic and faith minority groups, humanitarian conflicts and development. She is widely published and is an international public policy speaker on gender and minority equality issues and appears regularly in print media and TV. She is on the board of UNESCO-UK and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Manchester and The Young Foundation. Zamila is recognised among the UK's BAME 100 Talent, in 2017.

  • John Dunford

John Dunford leads on campaigns  at the Developer Society, a not for profit co-op digital agency exclusively working with charities, NGOs and activists.  Before joining The Developer Society, John worked at the Syria Campaign, Oxfam International and Greenpeace, where he has worked in the areas of campaigns, digital engagement, online fundraising and technical development.

John holds a first class honours degree in International Relations from Dublin City University and an MSc with distinction in Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford.

  • Diane Chilangwa Farmer

Diane joined Concern Worldwide (UK) board as Trustee in February 2017. A qualified Social Researcher, Diane completed a PhD in Gender at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a MSC in Gender, Culture and Politics from Birkbeck University of London. She also has an MSc in NGO Management from Cass Business School.

Diane is a Founding Partner of PDC: Professional Diversity Consultants. PDC provides research based advisory services relating to organisational approaches to diversity in employment through both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.

Previously Diane worked as Journalist in Jordan for the Jordan Times and Jerusalem Star Newspapers. She also worked for Young and Rubicam (Zambia) Ltd as Head of Public Relations, and The Financial Times Newspaper and FT Conferences as their Business Representative for Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Diane is also author of a book titled, Black Women in Management: Paid Work and Family Formations, Palgrave MacMillan

  • Tony Foster

Tony graduated from Oxford University in Jurisprudence, but has spent his entire career in the shipping industry. He worked for 13 years in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan, before re-settling in London in 1988. He has held numerous ownership positions in shipping and is the founder and CEO of Marine Capital Ltd, which provides commercial and technical shipping services to institutional investors. Tony became a trustee in 2011 and Vice Chairman of Concern Worldwide (UK) in 2013.

  • Linda Horgan

Linda is currently Executive Director of SOS Sahel International UK which works with local NGOs in the African Drylands of Sudan, South Sudan and Ethiopia to support herders, farmers and fisherfolk.  Before joining SOS Sahel, Linda worked for a short while for Oxfam GB in the Humanitarian Department.

Linda started working for Concern Worldwide as a volunteer in Mozambique in 1996. She then became a staff member in 1999 and continued to work for Concern in 2013 in Rwanda, Eritrea and Sierra Leone in different management and implementation roles and as Country Director in Nepal and Ethiopia with two years also working in the Policy Unit inConcern Worldwide in Dublin as Education Adviser.

She holds an MA in Development and Emergency Practice from Brookes University. 

  • Jemima Jewell

Jemima’s background is in corporate sustainability. She has spent much of her career working with companies – from multi-national corporations to small social enterprises – on how to harness the power of businesses to address social and environmental challenges and opportunities.

Jemima is currently head of food business at Compassion in World Farming, working with companies to improve standards of animal welfare and sustainability. She was previously director of partnerships at CSR Asia in Hong Kong. Jemima has a first class degree in human sciences from Oxford University and has undertaken a year’s professional leadership programme in social enterprise.

  • Michael Kenny

Michael is a lecturer and course leader at the Department of Adult and Community Education, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

He is an agriculturalist with extensive experience in community development, education and activism. In 1994 he volunteered in Kitale refugee camp near Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Previously Michael also trained agricultural extension workers in Tanzania for three years, and previously again, managed a farm in Zambia for two years. In  2013 he visited Zambia and Malawi with the Transformative Education Network Hunger Project and continues project visits regularly.

Michael is a board member and treasurer of Irish Rural Link and former board member of Aontas . Michael was re-elected to Concern Worldwide’s Board in 2014, and joined the Board of Concern Worldwide (UK) in September 2018.

  • Tony McCusker

Tony McCusker was born and educated in Portadown, and served in a number of government departments including the former Northern Ireland Assembly and the Departments of Health, Education and Environment.

He was Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Environment with policy responsibility for a wide range of public services including Regeneration, Water, Transport issues, Road Safety and the Fire Authority.

He was also involved in the negotiations to establish the new devolved administration in Northern Ireland in 1999 and implementing other elements of the Good Friday Agreement.

He led the 2003 Common Agriculture Policy negotiations for Northern Ireland and regularly attended UK and EU strategy meetings on agri-food, rural issues, the environment and fisheries.

Tony retired from the Northern Ireland Civil Service in 2005 and since then has undertaken a wide range of advisory work in Northern Ireland and in several European countries. He was Chair of the NI Community Relations Council, the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and Board member of the UK Community Foundations.  He is currently Chair of the Rural Development Council, and a member of the Heritage Lottery Advisory Committee and the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools.

  • Rob McGrigor (Honorary Treasurer)

Rob has more than 26 years of financial and commercial experience in various energy sectors and has been an FCA since 1991.

He is currently a partner in Kinetix Corporate Finance, an advisory firm he co-founded in 2010, which is exclusively focussed on the cleantech and sustainability sectors.

After graduating, he spent 8 years with Arthur Andersen before joining the FTSE 100, LASMO plc, ultimately becoming Group Financial Controller.  In 2001 he became FD of an acquisitive VC-backed service company until facilitating its sale in 2003. In 2004 he was central to the preparation and marketing for AIM flotation of a renewable energy company.  Rob then spent 6 years as FD of one of the UK’s premier anaerobic digestion developers.

  • Bernadette Sexton

Bernadette Sexton works at McKinsey & Company. Her career has focused on international development having served governments of developing and emerging economies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Bernadette has supported development agencies and governments on a wide range of economic and social development topics. For this, she has been recognised by DevEx as one of London's top 40 international development leaders under 40 years of age, recognised for shaping and impacting on aid and development. She has a deep interest in development aid effectiveness, poverty alleviation and inclusion of marginalised groups.

  • James Shaw-Hamilton

James works with colleagues in Teach First and in universities to train great teachers to serve low-income communities across England and Wales. Teach First’s vision is that no child’s educational success is limited by their background.

Before joining Teach First, James worked with charities in the UK and overseas to improve their influence over decision-makers. He managed programmes to train leaders in charities and government in a variety of countries. Most recently, he was the director of a network improving co-operation between Islamic and western aid organisations. James started his career as a commercial lawyer and has a masters degree in international relations.

  • Sam Sims

Sam is the Chief Operating Officer at Frontline, an independent charity with a mission to transform the lives of vulnerable children by recruiting and developing outstanding individuals to be leaders in social work and broader society.

Prior to joining Frontline, Sam served as Director of Development at Teach First, where he worked between 2009 and 2016, and has previously held positions at Yale University Office of Development and at Oxford Integra.

Sam was educated at University College London and the University of Oxford.

  • Rosalyn Tamming

Rosalyn Tamming (nee O'Loughlin) joined Concern in 1996 initially as a volunteer working in Ethiopia, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan, joining again in 2009 as Head of the Health Unit and latterly as the Health and Research Specialist.

Her background is in nursing and midwifery and she has a Masters in Community Health and a PhD in Health Services Research from Trinity College Dublin. She has previously worked in Trinity College Dublin where she still does occasional lecturing in epidemiology, and has worked in The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in the US.

She currently works as a Senior Research Officer with the National Disability Authority in Dublin

  • Peggy Walters

Peggy Walters is a policy and communications specialist in the area of global health. She is currently Communications Director with the World Heart Federation. Peggy was educated at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, where she read Communications and Sociology and holds a Masters’ degree in International Communications and Development.

  • Donald Workman (Chair)

After school in Edinburgh,  Donald took a degree in chemistry from Oxford. Since then he has always worked in the financial sector, latterly spending 25 years in senior roles with RBS in Edinburgh, London, Amsterdam and Asia.   His most recent roles at RBS included Executive Chairman of the Asia Pacific region, based in Hong Kong, Executive Chairman of Corporate and Institutional Banking based in London, and latterly Executive Chairman of Private Banking (which included Coutts bank).

He was also chairman of the Edinburgh College of Art, and a member of Court at Edinburgh University. He is also non-Executive Chairman of JCB Finance Ltd.


The day to day management of Concern Worldwide UK is the responsibility of the Executive Management Team. The principle that “management purposes, board decides, management implements, board monitors,” forms the basis of the board and management relationship. 

Policy, strategic planning and budgets are prepared by management for consideration and approval by the board.

Finance committee

The board appointed an Audit and Finance Committee, which is made up of the Honorary Treasurer, Vice Chair and one or more other Trustees with relevant experience.

The Audit and Finance Committee have responsibility for the monitoring of the organisation’s financial systems and policies. This includes the audit and risk management systems.

Legal Status

Concern Worldwide UK is a limited company by guarantee and all of the Trustees are also full directors of Concern Worldwide UK for company law purposes. The company is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales (Charity Number 1092236).