CEO of Save the Children UK to step down to pursue ‘new experiences’

11 Dec 2023 News

Save The Children UK CEO Gwen Hines

Save The Children UK

The chief executive of Save the Children UK, Gwen Hines, is to step down next year after six years with the charity.

She is to become CEO of Plant Heritage, and said “if I don’t make this happen in my 50s, I never will”.

A new CEO of Save the Children UK is expected to be chosen in the first half of 2024.

Hines previously held senior roles in the government’s Department for International Development and the World Bank. She joined Save the Children in 2018 as executive director of global programmes and was promoted to CEO in July 2021. 

After more than 25 years working on international development and child poverty, Hines said she now wants to move into conservation in the next stage of her career.

“It’s been the greatest privilege to lead Save the Children UK and it was a hard decision to leave,” Hines said.

“I will continue to be a strong champion for child rights. But I’ve reached a point in my life when I want new experiences and if I don’t make this happen in my 50s, I never will. Climate change makes it even more important to conserve the UK’s rich diversity of plants for the future.”

She added: “I am really proud of how Save the Children has evolved over the past six years to strengthen the charity’s focus on impact, and to put children themselves at the heart of its work, including standing with young people who are demanding action on climate change and inequality.”

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