ActionAid UK chief executive to step down

Girish Menon will assume the same role at Stir Education in January

Girish Menon
Girish Menon

The chief executive of ActionAid UK is leaving to take up the same position at the international NGO Stir Education. 

Girish Menon, who has been head of ActionAid UK since 2015, will join Stir Education in January. 

He will succeed Sharath Jeevan, who is stepping down to start a new venture after nine years in the job, the charity said in a statement. 

Stir, which employs 70 staff in six locations, supports education systems in India and Uganda. It had an income of £3.7m in the year to the end of March 2019. 

Menon, who spent 10 years at WaterAid before taking up the ActionAid role, is expected to help Stir to grow. 

He said: “After just over five years, I now feel that it’s time for a change and have taken this decision after long and careful consideration. 

“I am deeply passionate about education and am ready to take on a new challenge in that niche. I look forward to seeing ActionAid do even more and scale new heights over the coming months and years.”

Jo Owen, chair of Stir Education, said Menon was an outstanding individual whose skills and experience were uniquely suited to supporting Stir in the next stage of its work. 

“In particular, he has successfully scaled NGOs in the past; he has deep experience of working in India, sub-Saharan Africa and many other world regions; and he understands how to work effectively with our government and donor partners,” said Owen. 

“Talking with Girish is to discover someone who is a great listener with strong values and a great sense of mission and purpose.”


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