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Our UK team

Meet our Chief Executive and Leadership team, who make the daily decisions about running Humanity & Inclusion UK, and our Board of Trustees, who are legally responsible for the management and conduct of the charity.

Our staff

Our CEO and Leadership Team are responsible for leading our UK staff to deliver HI’s ambitious 2016-25 Strategy, drawing on their significant experience from multiple sectors.

Aleema Shivji, Executive Director, Humanity & Inclusion UK Aleema Shivji, Executive Director, Humanity & Inclusion UK Aleema Shivji, Executive Director, Humanity & Inclusion UK Aleema Shivji, Executive Director, Humanity & Inclusion UK

Aleema Shivji, CEO

Aleema is responsible for Humanity & Inclusion in the UK, leading a dynamic team to deliver an ambitious UK strategy aligned with our vision and values. She is also the lead for strategic partnerships for the wider HI Network.

She has 20 years of professional experience, including 15 years in international development and humanitarian assistance. Aleema is particularly specialised in the inclusion of disabled and vulnerable people in humanitarian emergencies. Originally a qualified physiotherapist, since 2005 Aleema has worked with HI across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Caribbean. Her last position before joining HIUK in 2012 was head of mission for our post-earthquake programme in Haiti.

Before working for HI, Aleema worked with BRAC in Bangladesh and as a physiotherapist in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In addition to her physiotherapy qualification Aleema holds a Masters in Conflict, Security and Development. She is also a Trustee at the University of Sussex, a member of the BBC Appeals Advisory Committee and, until recently, was a Trustee of the Start Network.

Polly Arscott, Head of Institutional Relations, Humanity & Inclusion UK Polly Arscott, Head of Institutional Relations, Humanity & Inclusion UK Polly Arscott, Head of Institutional Relations, Humanity & Inclusion UK Polly Arscott, Head of Institutional Relations, Humanity & Inclusion UK

Polly Arscott, Head of Institutional Relations

Polly joined Humanity & Inclusion UK as Head of Institutional Relations in April 2019, and leads institutional fundraising and influencing for the organisation. Before joining HI UK, Polly worked at a number of other international development and humanitarian agencies, including Action Against Hunger UK, WaterAid, Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO), and Interact Worldwide.

Polly has lived and worked in Sierra Leone, in the Caribbean, and in South Africa, where she also worked with national NGO the Legal Resources Centre. She has a particular interest in supporting country offices and local partners in the global South to access greater funding, investment and influence and has worked on a wide range of issues from WASH, to nutrition, sexual and reproductive health and human rights.

Jane Morris, Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy, Humanity & Inclusion UK Jane Morris, Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy, Humanity & Inclusion UK Jane Morris, Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy, Humanity & Inclusion UK Jane Morris, Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy, Humanity & Inclusion UK

Jane Morris, Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy

Jane has been Head of Partnerships and Philanthropy since May 2016, with a remit to build a successful Major Giving Programme for Humanity & Inclusion UK – growing a sustainable stream of income from Major Donors, Trusts & Foundations and Corporates.

Jane has more than twenty years of fundraising experience in the charity sector, almost ten of which she spent at The Prince’s Trust. She has worked in a variety of fundraising roles, leading different teams in Corporate, Events and Individuals. As Head of Adventure Challenge at The Prince’s Trust Jane led and took part in fundraising challenges around the world – cycling, trekking, climbing, kayaking and rafting in Borneo, Costa Rica, the Sahara, the Himalayas and the Arctic - as well as running the New York and London marathons whilst working for her first charity, Save The Rhino.

In a 'previous life' Jane taught English overseas, travelling round the world and living in Spain. Jane also speaks Spanish, French, Italian to varying levels of ability. On top of the day job, Jane is qualified as a Yoga Teacher with a BWY Diploma, and is a Trustee for Neuroblastoma UK, a childhood cancer charity.

Vikki Furse, Head of Individual Giving and Communication, Humanity & Inclusion UK Vikki Furse, Head of Individual Giving and Communication, Humanity & Inclusion UK Vikki Furse, Head of Individual Giving and Communication, Humanity & Inclusion UK Vikki Furse, Head of Individual Giving and Communication, Humanity & Inclusion UK

Vikki Furse, Head of Individual Giving and Communication

Vikki has been the Head of Individual Giving and Communication at Humanity & Inclusion UK for 2 years. Her role includes managing our 5 excellent team members who develop relationships with our existing donors and supporters, increasing the number of regular givers, and developing our external and internal communications. Since joining HI UK, she has worked with the team to improve our fundraising strategy, yielding excellent results whilst introducing new forms of fundraising.

Vikki has been working in the non-profit sector for 15 years. Initially agency side, Vikki had the pleasure to work with most of the worlds leading NGOs and provide consultation on phone, mail, digital and face-to-face fundraising in the UK, Europe and Australia.  During this time Vikki co-founded and ran EverGiving, a digital fundraising platform which has revolutionised the sector.


Our trustees

We are led by a passionate, diverse and knowledgeable Board of Trustees, who have overall responsibility for the management and conduct of Humanity & Inclusion UK. They steer our CEO and Leadership Team to carry out the day to day activities of the organisation.

Peter Burdin Peter Burdin Peter Burdin Peter Burdin

Peter Burdin

Peter is the BBC’s former Africa Bureau Chief. Peter has 35 years experience as a senior leader of the BBC’s International News team where he worked as Assignments Editor and Editor of the World Affairs Unit. Peter has joined the Humanity & Inclusion UK board in 2017 and he is currently the Chair.

Peter is the Director of Peter Burdin Africa Solutions Ltd, which advises several leading organisations on the importance of Africa and helps to promote social entrepreneurs across the continent, including the black female empowerment organisation Siyakha Africa. He is also working with the pan-African education charity called ESSA and is teaching international solutions journalism and crisis management.

Peter is a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan and a member the International Affairs organisation Chatham House and the Royal African society. He has won several Sony Awards for his news and documentary programmes, including coverage of South Africa’s first democratic elections and the funeral of Nelson Mandela.

Chloe Marshall Chloe Marshall Chloe Marshall Chloe Marshall

Chloe Marshall

Chloe is a solicitor and partner at CM Legal. Chloe has been a Trustee of Humanity & Inclusion UK since 2014 and she is currently the Vice-Chair.

Chloe’s previous roles include: member of the UK management board for Carnival UK, Trustee for the Finsbury Park Homeless Families project, Corporate Counsel of Carnival plc (formerly P&O Princess Cruises plc) - a FTSE 100/Nasdaq listed company, General Counsel of Carnival UK, Solicitor at Freehill Hollingdale & Page (Australia), and Solicitor at Norton Rose (Paris).

Vhernie Manickavasagar Vhernie Manickavasagar Vhernie Manickavasagar Vhernie Manickavasagar

Vhernie Manickavasagar

Vhernie is a Partner at PwC. She has worked at PwC since October 2000 in its External Audit practice and Capital Markets, Accounting Advisory and Structuring Services ("CMAS") practice. Vhernie has been a Trustee and Honorary Treasurer of Humanity & Inclusion UK since May 2019 and is the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Prior to joining HI UK, Vhernie was a Finance and Audit Committee member of The Start Network from August 2015 until May 2019 when it successfully spun off from Save the Children UK and became an independent charity.

Vhernie is a former child refugee from Kadduvan, Sri Lanka and has volunteered with humanitarian charities since 2005. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has an MA in History from the University of Cambridge.

Benjamin Cohen Benjamin Cohen Benjamin Cohen Benjamin Cohen

Benjamin Cohen

Benjamin is the founder and Chief Executive of PinkNews, the world’s most-read LGBT+ publisher.

Between 2006 and 2012, Benjamin combined running PinkNews with his role as Business and Technology Correspondent for Channel 4 News. Benjamin left Channel 4 in 2012 to concentrate on the global growth of PinkNews – now reaching almost 50m unique visitors every month. In 2018, PinkNews became the first-ever LGBT+ publisher on Snapchat Discover, and also received a €300,000 grant from Google’s Digital Newsroom Initiative Fund.

Benjamin also chaired Out4Marriage, the successful cross-party campaign for same-sex marriage in England and Wales. Benjamin has been a Trustee of Humanity & Inclusion UK since 2011.

Lynette Eastman Lynette Eastman Lynette Eastman Lynette Eastman

Lynette Eastman

Lynette Eastman is Founder and Managing Director of Lynette Eastman Associates Limited, an Organisational Change Consultancy. She joined Humanity & Inclusion UK's Board of Trustees in September 2019.

Lynette is a board level executive coach and transformation consultant with over thirty years of experience gained across a range of sectors including financial services, technology, telecoms, energy, professional services and healthcare. She has worked globally across a large range of corporates such as Standard Chartered, HSBC, BP, Cable and Wireless as board level HR Director and specialist Director of Talent and Resourcing.

Lynette holds a Biochemistry degree and a Masters in Applied Genetics from the University of Birmingham. She is certified psychometrician and holds her coaching qualification from Henley. In addition, Lynette is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, of the RSA, and the Institute of Directors.

Caroline Dove Caroline Dove Caroline Dove Caroline Dove

Caroline Dove

Caroline has been a Trustee of Humanity & Inclusion UK since 2019 and brings expertise in change management, leadership effectiveness and leadership coaching across the corporate sector in EMEA.

She spent the first decade of her career as a strategy and organisational effectiveness consultant focusing on how to enable organisations to thrive internationally. The following decade she moved into in-house Human Resources delivering the leadership development and talent management of high potential professionals in the financial services sector.

Now running her own Leadership Coaching business, Caroline currently works intensively with leaders, bringing to the surface their strengths, drivers and bind spots as they align with and shape the delivery of results and values of their organisations. Caroline is currently studying for an MSc in Psychology, Neuroscience and Mental Health.

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Nana Raphael

Nana is currently an investment banker focussed on mergers and acquisitions at Jefferies in London. She has been a Trustee of Humanity & Inclusion UK since May 2020. She previously worked for Deutsche Bank where she advised clients such as Scottish and Newcastle plc and Pernod Ricard on high profile mergers and acquisitions.

From 2009 to 2010, Nana worked as a volunteer with charities such as African Impact and Fadhili across Eastern and Southern Africa to design and deliver programmes targeted at youth education and creating awareness on HIV AIDS in that region. In 2010-2011, she was also a volunteer researcher for Save the Children in London.

Nana has a BSc degree in Accounting and Finance from the LSE and an Executive MBA from Columbia University.

Ayse Suevari Ayse Suevari Ayse Suevari Ayse Suevari

Ayse Suevari

Ayse has over 15 years of experience as a financial professional, having worked in investment banking in London and Frankfurt for international banks advising listed and private companies on various corporate finance and M&A projects. She now works as a Private Banker in the London office of a global bank.
 
Ayse has been involved with various charities in the past supporting their projects and fundraising activities. She has studied and worked in Germany, France and the UK. Ayse joined Humanity & Inclusion UK's Board in May 2020.

Tom Morrow

Tom is the newest member of our Board of Trustees. His bio will be added soon!

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Our mission
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Our mission

Humanity & Inclusion (HI) is an independent charity working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work tirelessly alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their basic needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

UK activities
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UK activities

Humanity & Inclusion UK supports the organisation's programmes worldwide, by raising funds, influencing policy, and providing technical support.

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Work with us

Current jobs available with Humanity & Inclusion UK and information about working overseas.