ActionAid UK chief executive steps down after a year

Frances Longley
Frances Longley

Frances Longley has resigned as chief executive of ActionAid UK after a year in post, Third Sector has been told.

The charity did not answer questions from Third Sector before publication of this article, but sources said staff were informed of Longley’s decision yesterday.

Longley, who took over as chief executive in May 2021, joined from Care International UK and has worked in several roles at international development charities including at Unicef UK.

She returned to work on Monday after a two-week holiday, according to her Twitter account.

ActionAid UK apologised to its own staff earlier this year after an internal report looking at concerns about racism inside the charity found that black and ethnic minority employees felt “less valued, less supported and less empowered” than their white colleagues.

The organisation said it would be “steadfast” in addressing any failings.

ActionAid UK is one of the biggest charities in the country by annual income and has raised about £50m in each of the past three years, according to the latest data from the Charity Commission.

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