NGO Insight 2017

28 November 2017 Events London

Inspiring leaders in international development

Be part of this unique forum for discussing the specific challenges facing organisations working in international development. 

Participate in lively panel debates, join targeted roundtable discussions and benefit from expert technical briefings. 

The programme is currently in development.


  • Michael Chuter

    Chief Executive , Pump Aid

    Michael is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants who has spent much of his working life in the retail and consumer sectors.  But, after a 30-year career, including senior positions at Gillette, Spillers, Hertz, Burton (now Arcadia), Evans and Episode, he had had enough of selling overpriced merchandise to people who didn’t need it and he moved into the not for profit sector. 

    He is presently Chief Executive of Pump Aid, a small but highly innovative INGO working in the water and sanitation sector.  Michael has a wealth of commercial and strategic experience and now seeks to harness the power of economic development to deliver positive and lasting social change.  It is this passion that first attracted him to Pump Aid and this mission that now drives him to deliver it. 

  • Sarah Davidson

    Head of Psychosocial , British Red Cross

    Dr Sarah Davidson is the Head of Psychosocial for the British Red Cross and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.  She is also the Chair of the International Federation for Red Cross and Red Crescent's European Network of Psychosocial Support.  

    In 2008 she received an MBE for her work following the response to the 2004 South East Asian tsunami where she collborated closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).  Since 2005 the British Red Cross have provided psychosocial support professionals to the FCO as part of their Rapid Deployment Teams who respond to international major incidents involving.  Sarah has lead over 12 such deployments, including to terrorist events and major events in Algeria, Bahrain, Brussels, Ethiopia, Haiti, Qatar and Zimbabwe. As well as being the author of the British Red Cross' psychosocial framework CALMER, she also established the psychosocial team at the British Red Cross who support staff and volunteers delivering services; and developed commercial psychosocial courses.  

    This year, AVIVA won the customer care award at the annual national insurance awards due to their partnership with the British Red Cross who deliver courses on Supporting People in Crisis to their insurance assessors who go into peoples's homes following burglaries, fires and floods.  Most recently, Sarah and her team have been very involved in the recent events in Manchester, London Bridge and the Grenfell Tower fire.  

  • Alison Hopkinson

    Director of finance and information services , Oxfam GB

    After qualifying as  a chartered accountant accountant at PwC, Alison joined a wide area network company called Telematics, where she learned the basics of her trade.

    Later she joined a small, new, entrepreneurial company called Dell, which grew into the world's largest PC company! Alison says, what I enjoyed then - and still do - was the fast moving, responsive environment as well as the strong focus on people. But she wanted to make a real difference, not only by having an impact on the organisation she worked in, but also by improving people's lives.

    After Alison had spent some time at the FD Centre advising a range of companies on their finances, she joined Tearfund, an international Christian development charity, as Finance and IT Director.

    In 2015 she joined Oxfam GB as their director of finance and information services.
    I feel very privileged to have joined Oxfam. Alison says, I can make a real difference to people's lives across the world, and once again lead change and create simplicity around the services we provide to the organisation, removing any unnecessary complexity.

  • Ben Joakim

    CEO & Co-Founder , Disberse

    Ben is a social entrepreneur with experience and expertise within international development. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Disberse, a fund management platform that drives the transparent, efficient and effective flow and delivery of development and humanitarian aid, built on blockchain technology.

    Ben was formerly a Global Advisor at SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, leading a $30 million project portfolio, primarily across sub-Saharan Africa, whilst developing global strategy. He has also led UK charitable trusts and foundations, and invested in a number of early stage social enterprises, both in the UK and internationally.

    Ben is a Cardiff University and UWC Alumnus.

  • Andrew Purkis

    International board member , ActionAid

    Andrew has been an international Board Member of the global development charity ActionAid since 2013. He is p/t Adviser to a grant-giving charitable trust and Deputy Chair of the Ombudsman scheme for universities in the UK.

    He is a former Chair of ActionAid UK and of 3 other UK charities, and a former Board Member of the Charity Commission and of the Parole Board.

    A former fast stream civil servant, he has held senior leadership positions in NCVO, CPRE, and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund and been a special adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury about the world outside the Church. He is a former Board member of the Charity Commission for England and Wales, and also of the Parole Board.

    Andrew is a frequent contributor to Civil Society News and blogs about the campaigning role of charities and charity regulation at Find him on Twitter at @AndrewPurkis.

  • Kevin Watkins

    Chief Executive , Save the Children

    Kevin joined Save the Children in September, after spending three years as Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute. Previously, he held a senior academic role at the Brookings Institution, and acted as an adviser to the UN Special Envoy for Education, before which he spent seven years at the United Nations, as director and lead author of UNESCO’s Education for All Global Monitoring Report and UNDP’s Human Development Report.

    He is a senior visiting research fellow at Oxford University’s Centre for Global Economic Governance and a Visiting Professor of International Development at the London School of Economics.


Advisory board

Rose Caldwell
Executive director
Concern Worldwide

Leigh Daynes
Executive director
Doctors of the World

Eleanor Harrison
Chief executive

Bob Humphreys
Oxfam International


Ben Jackson
Global director of
innovations and 
United Purpose

David Nussbaum
Chief executive
The Elders


Myles Wickstead
Visiting Professor
King's College London




J Lundie

Director of communications


Really well-led series of panels with world-class speakers

P Ochama

Finance manager

Muslim Aid

The mix of skills of the different speakers was excellent

F Mogaji

Finance Director

Human Appeal

Excellent – very relevant discussion of key topics impacting INGOs

Linda Horgan


SOS Sahel UK

Really interesting and stimulating

C Brownlee

Finance Director

War Child

Very relevant topics, all important and urgent at the forefront of what we are facing in the sector at the moment. Excellent speakers

M Devlin

Chief Operating Officer

Unicef UK

Excellent range of speakers and topics

Bob Humphreys

Director of finance and information systems

Oxfam GB

A channel to explore many interesting and diverse topics, all of which were relevant to the sector; well done on developing such a strong programme


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