SOS Children’s Villages names international aid stalwart as chair

SOS Children’s Villages UK has appointed Harpinder Collacott as its next chair.

Collacott, who is chief executive of international aid organisation Development Initiatives, will join the charity’s board in January 2022.

She has more than 25 years experience in the international development sector, including vice chair of UK aid umbrella body BOND and a trustee of WaterAid UK.

Her other roles have included being political advisor to the prosecutor with the war crimes tribunal for Sierra Leone and human rights programme officer at the Oak Foundation.

SOS Children’s Villages UK is the national branch of the global federation that works in 136 countries. It is led by chief executive Alison Wallace.

“I am really looking forward to chairing such an impressive and impactful organisation and support it to achieve its strategic ambitions,” said Collacott.

“I hope that my experience in international development and governance of organisations will allow me to support Allison and her team at SOS UK to deliver great value and achieve even more in the years to come.”

Wallace added: “We know that with her leadership and guidance we can reach even more children and families who urgently need our help, and work smarter and more efficiently to deliver real and lasting change.”

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