Plan International UK appoints new chief executive

Rose Caldwell will join from Concern Worldwide in September, when Tanya Barron is due to retire

Rose Caldwell
Rose Caldwell

The children’s charity Plan International UK has appointed Rose Caldwell as its next chief executive.

Caldwell, who spent the past 10 years as executive director of the anti-poverty charity Concern Worldwide, will succeed Tanya Barron, who announced in January that she would retire this year after six years in the role.

Caldwell trained as an accountant and spent the first 10 years of her career in the private sector before experiences she had as a volunteer in Zimbabwe with Raleigh International and in Burundi with Concern Worldwide gave her the desire to move into the voluntary sector.

She then spent three years as director of finance at Praxis Mental Health before becoming assistant country director for Concern Worldwide in Zimbabwe.

She then joined the Refugee Housing Association as assistant director before moving back to Concern Worldwide as executive director in 2008.

Caldwell said in a statement she was thrilled to be joining Plan.

"The recent resurgence of interest in gender equality needs to be harnessed to permanently change the future for today’s children," she said.

"Poverty and inequality disproportionately affect women and children and there is still much to be done if we are to ensure children’s and girls voices are heard and their rights realised.

"Plan International UK’s work on children’s rights and equality for girls is inspirational and I look forward to working with staff, the youth advisory panel, trustees, partners, supporters and the wider Plan organisation to create a fairer world."

She will take up the new role when Barron steps down in September.

Sir Ian Diamond, chair of Plan International UK, said: "We are at an exciting time in the organisation’s history and Rose’s experience of working in NGOs in low-income countries and of advocating for those most in need will be ideal for the next stage of Plan International UK’s journey." 

Caldwell will be paid £125,000 a year, a Plan spokeswoman said.

Barron was paid £116,500 in the year to the end of June 2018, the charity’s latest annual report says. 

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