Disasters Emergency Committee appoints new fundraising director

Simon Beresford has been head of fundraising and marketing at the Methodist development charity All We Can for the past four years

Simon Beresford
Simon Beresford

The Disasters Emergency Committee has appointed Simon Beresford as director of fundraising and marketing.

Beresford will join the DEC next week from the Methodist development charity All We Can, where he has been head of fundraising and marketing for the past four years.

Beresford will succeed Adil Husseini, who led the DEC’s fundraising team from 2013, but is moving on to run his own events management and fundraising consultancy.

Beresford is a trustee of the children’s charity Spurgeons and a founder and co-chair of the public fundraising group of Bond, the umbrella group for international development bodies.

The DEC coordinates appeals on behalf of 13 major UK aid charities for significant humanitarian disasters.

Saleh Saeed, chief executive of the DEC, said: "Simon has a track record of great leadership and success in fundraising and partnerships roles and we look forward to him expanding on the success of our appeals, which raise much-needed funds for those most severely affected by disasters and conflicts."

Beresford said: "Like many in the fundraising community, I have admired the work of the charity for many years and the inspiring impact its appeals have during times of international humanitarian crises.

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