ActionAid reveals next chief executive

Frances Longley will join in mid-May after 20 months at Care International UK

Frances Longley
Frances Longley

ActionAid UK has appointed Frances Longley as its next chief executive. 

Longley, who has been executive director for programmes and policy at Care International UK since July 2019, will succeed Girish Menon, who became chief executive of the international NGO Stir Education earlier this year

Before joining Care International, Longley spent four years as chief executive of Amref Health Africa UK; prior to that she was director of communications and brand at Unicef UK. 

She has also spent time working in both Eswatini and Afghanistan.  

Longley, who will join ActionAid in mid-May, said she had long admired the charity’s leadership on the rights of women and girls. 

“My work is driven by a commitment to championing gender equality and building a fairer world, so I am excited and proud to have been given the chance to lead such an exceptional and inspirational organisation,” she said. 

Srabani Sen, chair of ActionAid UK, said: “Frances brings such a breadth of experience in the international sector, along with enormous passion for the work we do with women and girls in the global south and a strong commitment to our feminist principles.

"Her leadership will be pivotal for ActionAid UK as we take our next steps forward as an organisation.”

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