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Our people

The staff at Plan International UK strive for a fair and just world for girls

Our people

We strive for a fair and just world for girls

At Plan International UK, we come to work every day because we won’t stop until we create a just and fair world for girls - a vital step in building a better world for all children. It’s our people’s passion, commitment, expert knowledge and skills that enable us to create lasting change for children who need it most. 

We listen to the experts 

To find the best solutions to the problems children face we listen to the experts – the children themselves. We have learnt the best approach is to trust in people to find their own solutions and children and young people’s ideas are central to the decisions and plans that affect their lives. 

We use local knowledge 

Our work requires a deep understanding of the communities we work with, so at least 90 per cent of our staff in the field are from the countries we work in. 

Who we are

Meet a selection of the team – find out what makes them tick and get a taste of what it’s like to work for us. 

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Tanya Barron

"From meeting Malala to seeing first-hand, as the earthquakes struck, the devastation caused in Nepal, this job has its ups and downs. 

"But visiting the girls and boys we support around the world and their communities, witnessing positive change, makes it all worthwhile."

- Tanya Barron, Chief Executive


Board of Trustees

We are governed by our Board of Trustees. The board meets regularly and is responsible for setting our strategic direction and governance, and oversees management. Find out who they are. 

Julian Jack, Supporter Relations Manager, Plan International UK


“I recently found a letter I had written when I was about 10 years old. In it, I said that when I grew up, I wanted to help children in Africa.

“I completely forgot about it in the intervening years. When I finished my degree in business systems, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, but my mum’s friend told me of a work experience placement at Plan International UK so I decided to apply.

“I fell in love with the job and haven’t left since – that was 20 years ago. My mum always said it is better to light a candle than to complain about the darkness. Speaking to our supporters, seeing the work we do on the ground and meeting the children we’ve helped, I feel so lucky to be doing this job – it is exactly the job I wanted to do when I was 10, and still is.”

Julian Jack, Supporter Relations Manager 

Laura from our Media team


“As a little girl I spent most of my time writing stories and really wanted to be an author. But as I grew up, I realised real life can be far more interesting and inspiring than fiction.

“For me, being brave enough to talk about your experiences publicly in the hope that it will help others is one of the most impactful things you can do, and I’m very proud to work with young people all over the world who do just that.

“My ambition for Plan International UK is that we will continue to turn issues that girls are facing into everyday conversations. Recently we’ve tackled period poverty and stigma, street harassment and online safety – who knows what’s next!”

Laura MacLeman, Press and Media Manager

Jan, volunteer at Plan International UK


"I'm in the sponsorship communications team - reading and processing all the correspondence between sponsors and sponsored children. Every item is read, checked and logged.  It's a huge job with thousands of items of mail going back and forth from all the countries that Plan International works in - but there's something impressive about sustaining that level of communication between individuals from such diverse backgrounds. Some of the mail is very touching - just different people trying to make connections and exchange an interest in one another."

Jan Heritage, sponsorship communications volunteer

Tarik Hasan, IT Operations Manager, Plan International UK


“I Joined Plan International UK 15 years ago… I wanted a change from the private sector, and while I hadn’t thought of the charity sector at the time, Plan International UK was a good fit in terms of the work environment, career prospects, and Plan International’s mission. Staff are very friendly and at the same time incredibly professional and efficient.”

Tarik Hasan, IT Operations Manager

Mariam, Plan International UK


“I currently manage a portfolio of 17 projects that are implemented in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

“What is fantastic about the projects I manage is that they take place in various countries where the contexts and needs are different. This gives me the opportunity to work on various interventions related to emergencies such as supporting refugees who flew from their countries due to conflicts; water and sanitation projects supporting victims of natural disasters; education projects ensuring that children have access to education by building new schools and training teachers.”

Mariam Diakite, Major Partnership Unit Programme Support Officer

Jobs and volunteers

We’re always on the lookout for accountable, self-assured and passionate individuals to join our team. If you think you’ve got what it takes then we'd like to hear from you - take a look at our current job openings.