Emergencies Partnership appoints chief

Robyn Knox has been interim emergencies partnership director since last July

Robyn Knox
Robyn Knox

The body set up to provide co-ordination among voluntary sector organisations in the wake of crises has appointed Robyn Knox to its top role. 

The Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership, which was set up after the 2017 Grenfell fire and includes 230 local and national voluntary sector bodies, said Knox, who has been with the charity since 2020, had been appointed emergencies partnership director. 

She has filled the position on an interim basis since the departure of Jehangir Malik in July 2021 and was previously the charity’s programme lead.

A spokesperson for the organisation said Knox would be the lead person at the charity and was accountable to its co-chairs, Mike Adamson and Maddy Desforges, chief executives of the British Red Cross and the local infrastructure body Navca respectively. 

Knox will lead a team of 11 people and be responsible for developing greater preparedness and more human and community centred responses in major emergencies across the VCS Emergencies Partnership’s network, a statement from the charity said. 

She has previously worked for the British Red Cross, the education charity SeeBeyondBorders and held change management roles in the UK, Australia and Iraq. 

She said: “I’m incredibly proud of what our partners in the Emergencies Partnership have been able to achieve together over the past few years. 

“I feel very fortunate to continue working with organisations across sectors who are genuinely pulling together to achieve better outcomes for people at the worst points in their lives. 

“We’re all in it together, making things better for those whose worlds are suddenly turned upside down by devastating events.”

Desforges said: “Robyn is exceptionally talented and well respected in the emergencies field. 

“She is a tremendous asset to the VCS Emergencies Partnership and possesses a deep desire to change the way the sector works together and how government considers the role of charities and community groups in UK emergencies.  

“No one organisation can do it all and we are delighted she has accepted this permanent appointment and we are very much looking forward to working with her in the future.”

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