ActionAid UK appoints Girish Menon as its next chief executive

Menon, deputy chief executive of WaterAid, will in September replace Richard Miller, who has become humanitarian director of ActionAid International

Girish Menon
Girish Menon

The anti-poverty charity ActionAid UK has appointed Girish Menon as its next chief executive.

Menon, director of international programmes and deputy chief executive of the development charity WaterAid, replaces Richard Miller, who joined ActionAid International, ActionAid’s international secretariat, as humanitarian director in April after 11 years as chief executive of ActionAid UK.

Miller said he made the move because he wanted to return to a more front-line role.

Menon, who will take up the new role in September, has previously worked for the development charity Plan International and the Department for International Development. He also worked for ActionAid India between 1989 and 1998. He will be paid £98,800 a year.

Menon said he was privileged to be named chief executive of ActionAid, which he said was "an organisation that continues to inspire courageous thinking and action on ending poverty globally".

Margaret Casely-Hayford, chair of ActionAid UK, said: "Throughout the rigorous recruitment process, we were incredibly impressed with Girish’s experience of and commitment to the international development sector."

ActionAid UK had an income of £62.8m in 2014 and employs about 165 staff, according to its latest accounts.

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