Chief executive of Plan International UK announces departure

10 Jan 2019 News

Tanya Barron, outgoing chief executive, Plan International UK

Tanya Barron, chief executive of global children’s gender equality charity, Plan International will step down in June this year.

She is to leave her role following a six-year tenure at the charity. During this tenure she grew the charity’s income from around £50m to £70m.

Before joining Plan International UK, she was the international director for Leonard Cheshire Disability. Prior to this, she worked in other roles in international development, including with the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), the European Children’s Trust and the Unicef NGO Committee.

She said: “I’ve felt incredibly privileged to work for a charity that strives to advance children’s rights and equality for girls all over the world.

“Throughout my time at Plan International UK, I’ve been continually inspired and amazed by the impact and quality of Plan’s work on the ground, and by the passion and effectiveness of our young campaigners.”

She added: “International aid is needed now more than ever before. With more people displaced from their homes, there are more girls living in incredibly vulnerable situations. I’m extremely proud of the progress Plan International UK has made in changing the lives of girls and boys around the world and look forward to seeing it continue to make a difference.”

Professor Sir Ian Diamond, chair of the charity, said: “Tanya’s dedication and passion for gender equality has meant she has worked tirelessly over the past six years to establish Plan International UK as a leader in championing children's rights.

“We want to thank Tanya for her valued contribution as chief executive and wish her all the best in the future.”

The charity is currently recruiting a successor and will announce the replacement soon. 

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