The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has appointed broadcast journalist Sue Inglish as its next chair, taking over from Clive Jones in November.
The DEC originally announced former Oxfam chair Karen Brown as Jones’s successor, but she withdrew from the role in February, a month before she was due to take it up, saying she did not want her association with Oxfam’s Haiti scandal to be a distraction.
Inglish has 30 years of experience in broadcast journalism including her role as the BBC’s head of political programmes, analysis and research until 2015.
Before joining the BBC in 2002, she spent 13 years at ITN in roles including foreign editor and deputy editor of Channel 4 News.
Inglish is chair of the Royal Television Society’s TV Journalism Awards and a governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy.
She also chairs the board of the International News Safety Institute, a charity championing the safety of journalists worldwide.
Inglish said: “When major disasters strike around the world, the British public have shown their enormous generosity time and again by supporting the efforts of the Disasters Emergency Committee to alleviate suffering. It is a great privilege to be asked to play a part in this vital work.”
Saleh Saeed, chief executive of the DEC, said: “Sue’s vision and commitment together with her wealth of experience in journalism and broadcast media will help the DEC further build its long-established and trusted reputation for rapidly mobilising the UK public to so generously respond to the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.”
Saeed also paid tribute to outgoing chair Jones, who has been in post since 2011.
He said: “Clive’s achievements and impact during his time leading the DEC have been numerous and deeply felt, both within the organisation, amongst our member charities and in the broader fundraising, humanitarian and charity sectors.
“His legacy of thoughtful and dynamic leadership will underpin the DEC for years to come.”