ActionAid UK names new CEO

ActionAid UK has recruited Frances Longley as its next chief executive.

Longley joins the charity, which supports women and girls impacted by poverty, next month. She was most recently executive director for programmes and policy at CARE International UK, where her focus included looking at issues around economic justice for women.

She is also a former communications and brand director and at Unicef UK and ex-chief executive of Amref Health Africa.

“Frances brings such a breadth of experience in the international sector, along with enormous passion for the work we do with women and girls in the global south and a strong commitment to our feminist principles,” said ActionAid UK chair Srabani Sen.

“Her leadership will be pivotal for ActionAid UK as we take our next steps forward as an organisation.”

Longley added: “My work is driven by a commitment to championing gender equality and building a fairer world, so I am excited and proud to have been given the chance to lead such an exceptional and inspirational organisation.

Longley replaces Girish Menon, who left the charity last year to join STiR, which supports education in India and Uganda.

The role is currently held by interim chief executive John Good.

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