The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has appointed broadcast journalist Sue Inglish as its next chair.
Inglish, who has 30 years’ experience in broadcast journalism, will succeed the current chair, Clive Jones CBE, when he completes his term in November 2018.
Until 2015, Inglish was the BBC’s head of political programmes, analysis and research and was responsible for political, parliamentary and election news, programmes and digital content. She led the BBC through three general elections and served as the chair of the broadcasters’ leaders’ debates committee.
Prior to joining the BBC, Inglish spent 13 years at ITN in roles including foreign editor and deputy editor of Channel 4 News. She is the chair of the Royal Television Society’s TV Journalism Awards and a governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
Inglish also chairs the board of the International News Safety Institute, a charity championing the safety of journalists worldwide.
Responding to the announcement of her appointment, Inglish said: “When major disasters strike around the world, the British public have shown their enormous generosity time and again by supporting the efforts of the Disasters Emergency Committee to alleviate suffering. It is a great privilege to be asked to play a part in this vital work.”
DEC Chief Executive Saleh Saeed added: “Sue’s vision and commitment together with her wealth of experience in journalism and broadcast media will help the DEC further build its long-established and trusted reputation for rapidly mobilising the UK public to so generously respond to the world’s worst humanitarian disasters. We are all looking forward to working with Sue and I am very pleased to welcome her as our new chair.”
“I would also like to express my great admiration and respect for our current Chair of Trustees, Clive Jones, who will be stepping down this coming November. Clive’s achievements and impact during his time leading the DEC have been numerous and deeply felt, both within the organisation, amongst our member charities and in the broader fundraising, humanitarian and charity sectors. His legacy of thoughtful and dynamic leadership will underpin the DEC for years to come.”
During his seven years as Chair, Clive Jones helped launch eight appeals which raised more than £450m.