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Our staff

Our Chief Executive and Leadership Team are responsible for leading our UK team 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, Executive Director

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 almost 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, and until recently, 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 HI 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.

Paresh Dodhia, Head of Finance and Resources, Humanity & Inclusion UK Paresh Dodhia, Head of Finance and Resources, Humanity & Inclusion UK Paresh Dodhia, Head of Finance and Resources, Humanity & Inclusion UK Paresh Dodhia, Head of Finance and Resources, Humanity & Inclusion UK

Paresh Dodhia, Head of Finance and Resources

Paresh is responsible for delivering effective finance control, reporting, and financial management services to enable the Executive Director and HI UK to deliver on its vision and business plan. He started his professional career as a Qualified Chartered Accountant working with BP Amoco PLC in their Group Accounts and Planning team, producing group accounts from reported worldwide multi-currency transactions.

After 9 years working in the oil industry Paresh made a positive change to work in the non-profit sector, motivated by the experience of advocating and caring for his younger sister with a learning disability. He has more than ten years in the non-profit sector, with active responsibility for finance management, compliance, and relationships with auditors and bankers. This includes the NHS, European Parliamentary Labour Party (EU Commission), and local UK charities.

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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.

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

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