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Concern Worldwide (UK) announces new chair

New Concern Worldwide (UK) Chair, Mark Devlin
New Concern Worldwide (UK) Chair, Mark Devlin

Concern Worldwide (UK) has announced the appointment of Mark Devlin as the new chair of its Board of Trustees. He will replace outgoing chair, Donald Workman.

Mark, who is set to join as chair in May 2023, brings a wealth of expertise from his experience across a range of public and charity sector organisations. Currently CEO of Young Epilepsy, Mark’s previous roles include COO of UNICEF UK, the leading child rights and international development charity, Chief Executive positions in two NHS Trusts, and senior roles in major London specialist and teaching hospitals.

Mark is also Chair of St Martin-In-The-Fields Charity, which funds frontline homelessness work across the UK. He sits on the Council of the University of Sussex and is a former Trustee of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Mark said of his appointment: “I am honoured to be joining Concern as chair. My current and previous roles reflect my passion and interest in health, education, social advocacy, international development and humanitarian action. All are areas which resonate with Concern Worldwide’s life-saving and inspiring work to end global poverty.

"Also, as someone originally from Northern Ireland, where the charity has such strong support, I am particularly delighted to be Chair of the UK Board of Trustees.”

“I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting some of Concern’s staff and look forward to meeting even more. Later this year, I hope to meet some of the communities that Concern works with in times of emergency and on longer-term life transforming work.”

Danny Harvey, Concern Worldwide (UK)’s Executive Director, said: “I want to give a heartfelt thank you to Donald Workman for his hard work, guidance and support to Concern over the last six years.

“We are delighted to welcome Mark to Concern. He brings a wealth of experience and I’m looking forward to drawing on that and working together to grow the impact of Concern Worldwide in tackling extreme poverty and responding to those affected by disaster in these challenging times.”

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