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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. 

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

Peymana is Plan International UK's Campaigns Officer


“I was born to be a girls’ rights campaigner. I’ve always been determined to make sure the work I do is rooted in fighting for justice and equality, ensuring girls and women have access to the same opportunities as everyone else.

"So it’s no surprise that today, I’m working at Plan International UK, a charity that champions girls’ rights in some of the world's most marginalised communities, as well as right here in the UK. Making even the smallest of changes in girls’ lives is the most fulfilling thing I can think of doing with my time.”

- Peymana Assad, Campaigns Officer

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.