Role: Head of Humanitarian
Team: Humanitarian team
As Head of Humanitarian at CARE International UK, I provide leadership on humanitarian issues and sit on CARE’s Emergency Response Working Group which provides strategic advice and direction for our humanitarian work. I also manage a team of technical advisors, including the global Emergency Shelter Team, Gender & Protection and Cash & Markets advisors, and a small Climate Change and Resilience team. Our team is a centre of learning in its various technical areas and provides both strategic and operational support to CARE’s humanitarian and resilience programming. Some projects currently underway in the team include Promoting Safer Building, the development of guidelines and tools for integration of gender equality and GBV interventions in shelter programming, and significant support to the BRACED programme in Niger.
Prior to taking up my current role, I led CARE International’s global Emergency Shelter Team, following on from a career as a chartered structural engineer with significant private sector experience in the UK and USA. I am a trustee of the Happold Foundation and Engineers Without Borders, and chair the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Humanitarian & Development Panel.
I am particularly interested in the tension between the priorities and relationship power dynamics of external humanitarian actors and disaster/emergency-affected people. I would like humanitarian programmes to become better at enabling disaster-affected people to control their own recovery and make their own, informed, choices about risks and their future resilience. I am also very interested in ensuring that humanitarian programming is gender-responsive and, where possible, promotes gender equality.