Our board of trustees
At Plan International UK, we are governed by our Board of Trustees. The Board meets regularly and is responsible for setting our strategic direction, as well as for our overall governance and overseeing our management.
New trustees are chosen in consultation with the full Board, making sure that, collectively, the Board has the skills and experience needed to enable us to operate effectively.
Meet the board and find out what motivates them to volunteer for us.
Professor Sir Ian Diamond became Chair of Plan International UK in 2018. Sir Ian is The UK National Statistician and Permanent Secretary of the Office for National Statistics. He is also on the Council of Lancaster University and is a member of the Welsh Scientific Advisory Committee. As a statistician, he spent most of his career at the University of Southampton and has held other roles in research, higher and further education and the voluntary sector. He chaired the Welsh Assembly Government’s Higher Education Review for Wales in 2016 and is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Academy for Social Sciences. Sir Ian holds honorary degrees from the universities of Cardiff, Glasgow, Curtin and Southampton.
Sir Ian Diamond, Chair, Plan International UK
Amanda's early career was in social work, specialising in child protection. More recently, she has held a portfolio of non-executive directorships and trusteeships in the field of health and social care. Amongst other roles she is currently a non-executive director of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and of the newly established regulator, the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency. Her most recent past appointments include Chair of The Guinness Partnership and Deputy Chair of Barnardo’s. Amanda joined Plan International as the UK’s Chair in 2016. She relinquished the UK chair in December 2017 when elected to be a director on the International Board. She has sponsored children through Plan for over 30 years and remains a very committed trustee in the UK, passionate about Plan International’s purpose.
Amanda Ellingworth, Plan International UK Trustee
Beverley has been a member of the Board since 2019 and she serves on the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee, where she has been the independent member since 2016. In her professional career Beverley was Finance Vice President at Burberry, the luxury fashion retailer, and prior to that Group CFO at the BBC. She currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and as a Crown Representative for the Cabinet Office supporting central government in managing their strategic commercial relationships. She is also a Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair of the Circle Health Group.
Beverley is a passionate supporter of the children’s charity sector having served as Trustee and Audit Committee Chair of BBC Children in Need for 10 years. She also sits on the Audit Committee of BAFTA, the Board of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and the Board of Teentech. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and of the Chartered Institute of Procurement.
Beverley Tew, Plan International UK Trustee
Emily has been a member of the Board since 2019 and she serves on the Audit, Finance and Risk Committee. She is a Partner at Public Digital, where she advises donors, development banks and governments in Africa and Asia-Pacific on building digital capability and transforming public services. Emily previously led the design of the London Office of Technology and Innovation (LOTI) at the Greater London Authority, and has worked on financial technology for international development at UNICEF Innovation. She started her career at the Boston Consulting Group, where she worked with clients in the financial and public sectors in the UK, Malaysia and Indonesia. Emily holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University, where she was a Student Fellow at the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs and a Kennedy Scholar.
Emily Middleton, Plan International UK Trustee
Girish joined STiR in January 2021 after five years as Chief Executive at ActionAid UK. He brings more than 30 years’ experience as a leader in the international development sector, having previously held roles as International Programmes Director and Deputy CEO at WaterAid UK, where he was responsible for programmes across 22 countries in South Asia and sub Saharan Africa. Girish was born and brought up in India, and started his career with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme. He has also worked at ActionAid, Plan International and DFID in India. Since moving to London in 2005, he has also served on the boards of various not-for-profit organisations, and is currently on the board of Hope and Homes for Children, UK.
Girish Menon, Plan International UK Trustee
Hope Nyokabi is a student at the University of Nairobi Pursuing a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). She is also a youth talk show host on Hope TV. She has been involved in advocacy from the age of 12 starting from the then Kenya Children’s Assembly serving in various roles and championing children’s rights. In 2015, she became a Plan International Kenya Girl Advocate and has been very vocal about equality for girls and young women participating in various global events aimed at influencing policy and decision making.
Hope Nyokabi, Plan International UK Trustee
John Kerr is a member of the board of trustees. He is also a member of the board of Development Works Limited and Social Development Direct Limited. He is an advisor and board member to a number of companies.
John is Chairman of Kin and Carta plc, a digital transformation-consulting firm. He was previously COO and then CEO of Deloitte Consulting, the leading global consultancy with revenues of $20bn. He has operated in over 30 countries around the world and has extensive experience working with global clients in a wide range of sectors.John is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and a graduate of the University of Strathclyde. He enjoys art, wine and music, he skis, plays tennis, supports Chelsea FC and Scotland in every sport. He is married and has five children.
John Kerr, Plan International UK Trustee
Marie-France is a new appointment to the board and joined in March 2023. She is an experienced marketing director and strategic branding consultant with a passion for ideas that drive positive change. She is currently the Chief Strategy Officer at branding consultancy Heavenly. She is passionate about driving impact for charities, and has previously worked with Marie Curie, The Alzheimer’s Society, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Guy’s & St Thomas’, (RED), MQ and many more – on their brand, storytelling, strategy and go-to-market planning. In her current role Marie-France is also acting CMO for a number of businesses in the green energy, financial services and electric vehicle charging space. Marie-France speaks three languages and has travelled extensively. She is married with three (nearly) grown children. Her two teenage daughters keep her on her toes and plugged into the issues that young women are deeply passionate about.
Marie-France Van Heel, Plan International UK Trustee
Meredith has been a member of the board since 2017. She is an experienced charity professional, most recently having served as the Executive Director of Fundraising and Engagement at Marie Curie, the UK’s leading terminal illness charity. Meredith previously worked as an Investment Director at venture philanthropy fund Impetus Trust, where she helped set up a multi-million pound reducing reoffending initiative, and at Goldman Sachs, where she was latterly an Executive Director in the Investment Banking Division. Meredith also volunteers her time as a trustee of Trust for London and the SOFII Foundation and was previously a trustee of BookTrust, Hestia, and Toynbee Hall. She lives in London with her husband and three sons.
Meredith Niles, Plan International UK Trustee
Minal is a new appointment to the board and joined in March 2023. In her professional career, Minal works as a Marketing advisor and Interim CMO, to tech start-ups and scale-ups. She helps these businesses to scale efficiently, using mainly digital marketing channels. Earlier in her career, Minal worked for various tech companies including eBay and Google, and as MD for the EMEA region at digital marketing agency, Essence. She started her career as a strategy consultant at Marakon Associates, having graduated from Cambridge University. Minal lives in London with her two children.
Minal Shah, Plan International UK Trustee
Olivia Beecham has been a member of the board since 2016. Olivia has over seven years’ experience in international development, spanning the public, private and non-profit sectors. She is currently an On Purpose associate, a leadership programme for mid-career professionals working in the social and environmental impact space. Prior to On-Purpose, Olivia worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO), having joined the Department for International Development in 2015. Her last role supported the international COVID response, whilst working to ensure the poorest people in vulnerable countries had access to healthcare. During her time in Government, she was a diplomat in the British Embassy, Madrid (2019) and has worked on policy areas including social protection and improving data in developing countries.
Olivia Beecham, Plan International UK Trustee
Sarah Ansah has over 20 years’ experience in media and communications at the BBC and led on the largest expansion of digital stations in West Africa. Sarah is currently Deputy Managing Editor, BBC News Content.
Sarah is passionate about the rights of Girls and Women and prior to joining Plan as a Trustee volunteered for charities supporting survivors of domestic abuse. This passion led her to complete a Master’s in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice from Birkbeck University (LLM). Sarah also holds a degree in Sociology and Religious Studies.
Sarah was brought up in Ghana and through her work has travelled widely across Africa and brings to her role as a Trustee first-hand knowledge of what it is like growing up as a young girl in the Global South.
Sarah Ansah, Plan International UK Trustee