Ref: 7287

Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)


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Role coordinated by:

Isabela Betoret

Senior Research Associate

t: +44 (0) 20 7340 6248


Primary Practice Group: Social Impact and Environment

Salary & Benefits: Unremunerated

Closing Date: 10/06/2024

“I have found serving on the Board of the DEC one of the most fulfilling, interesting, and rewarding experiences of my life” – Sue Inglish, outgoing Chair of Trustees

Over our 60-year history, the DEC has responded to 77 major emergencies, collectively raising over £2.4 billion and reaching millions of people with humanitarian assistance.  As Sue Inglish prepares to step down in Spring 2025, we are seeking an exceptional individual to take on the unique role as Chair of Trustees of the DEC.

The current partnership of 15 leading UK aid charities supported by the Secretariat, and alongside our media and corporate partners (the Rapid Response Network), continues to be a highly respected and trusted institution, solidly embedded in the national consciousness at times of humanitarian crisis overseas.

The DEC operates in an increasingly complex landscape as humanitarian need increases globally, technological advances continue at pace and media habits evolve. Our next Chair will share our determination to achieve our mission: to raise funds together to save, protect and rebuild the lives of the people that are impacted by major disasters overseas.

We are looking for an individual with senior executive and Chair-level experience to enable the Board to oversee the DEC in achieving its primary function of collective fundraising for humanitarian crises.

Serving on the DEC Board offers a fascinating and fulfilling experience, responding to global crises with the trust of the British public.

Thank you for your interest in becoming our Chair and advancing the work of the DEC.


For further details, including the job description, person specification, please select 'Download Further Details' below.

Candidates wishing to apply should submit a CV (including comprehensive details of key achievements and responsibilities) along with a covering letter which fully addresses the competencies outlined in the role description and person specification quoting reference number 7287.

The closing date for applications is 9:00am (BST) on Monday 10th June. 

DEC will be supported in this appointment by executive search firm Perrett Laver. Any initial enquiries should be directed to Isabela Betoret at and +44 (0)20 7340 6248.



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