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The members decide People In Aid's strategy and direction. Members elect a Board of Trustees which oversees the organisation on members' behalf.

The People In Aid General Meeting of Wednesday 15 July 2015, approved the resolution to reduce the Board of Trustees to five members. The need for a large, diverse board is no longer required as the organisation is winding up and merging with HAP International into the CHS Alliance, a Swiss non-profit. The current five Board members are listed below.

Our Memorandum and Articles, updated in 2008, can be found here and members can view minutes of our Board meetings at the bottom of this page.

Our Trustees

Nick Gallagher – Independent (Chair)

Nick is an interim management professional with experience to Executive Director level. He has worked for nearly 20 years in International Development with a particular specialisation in Volunteering for Development having worked as Head of Volunteering at VSO International, Director of UK Volunteer Recruitment and Deputy Director of VSO Canada. He also worked in VSO’s programme in Eritrea. Before moving into the sector, Nick worked in the Health and Education Management spheres. He holds a degree in Biomedical Sciences from King’s College, London where he also studied Dentistry.

John Beverley – Tropical Health & Education Trust (Treasurer)

John has been Finance and Administration Director with Tropical Health and Education Trust since 2010. Most of his career has been spent in the voluntary sector, mainly in finance, but also in IT and fundraising. John has worked for British Red Cross, Oxfam Hong Kong, WaterAid and Shelter amongst others. He has also worked as a consultant with central and local government. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. 

Kirit Naik – British Red Cross

Kirit joined the British Red Cross as Head of Risk and Assurance in March 2011. He has extensive external and internal audit experience, both in the public and private sectors. He trained and qualified as a certified chartered accountant with KPMG before joining the National Audit Office where he was responsible for managing external audits of various government departments and agencies. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Kirit was Head of Internal Audit at the Central Office of Information (COI) where he set up a framework for risk management in line with guidance issued by HM Treasury. He was also responsible for providing assurance to the Cabinet Office on information risk management. He has facilitated risk workshops for the board and senior management and has undertaken external quality assurance reviews of other internal audit functions in central government. 

Lindsey Reece-Smith – Tearfund

Lindsey is currently International Services Manager at Tearfund, experienced in corporate project and change management. She oversees the establishment and ongoing support of country offices for Tearfund. She managed a recent change project bringing together the humanitarian and development work into single teams and is currently leading the simplification process to bring the different systems and processes together for all the international work. She undertakes Internal Audit visits to country programmes and oversees the budgeting, financial management and planning for the international work. Prior to this she managed corporate HIV projects including mainstreaming and establishing a fundraising product linking UK supporters to projects overseas. She has previously worked in data analysis for a financial services company, in research for agricultural economics, economic development and in events planning for a sporting body. She has an MSc in Development Management.

Samantha Wakefield – Mines Advisory Group

Samantha Wakefield Sam has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources, working mainly within the international humanitarian and development sector. She has worked within country teams across the world, with region management teams and at HQ. Sam joined Mines Advisory Group (MAG) as Director of HR in September 2013 and leads the HR team in Manchester, who are responsible for providing support to its field operation teams across the world. She is a member of the CIPD.




As a charity we rely on funding from organisations committed to improving organisational effectiveness within the humanitarian and development sector and professionalising the practice of human resources and people management. The charts below show where our income comes from and how we spend it.

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We keep our overheads low at 11.4% (2012-13: 12.7%) and run ourselves professionally. The majority of our income is spent in the four main areas prioritised by our Board of Trustees. Also, we have been Verified Compliant with the People In Aid Code, a certification which signals to donors that we are an organisation committed to our staff (2013).

Income 2013-14

Expenditure 2013-14


Fraud and bribery policy

People In Aid is committed to promoting and maintaining the highest level of ethical standards in relation to all of its activities. Its reputation for maintaining lawful business practices is of paramount importance and so People In Aid has a zero tolerance approach to bribery and corruption. It is an offence in the UK, where People In Aid is a legal entity, for an employee or an associated person to bribe another person in the course of doing business intending either to obtain or retain business, or to obtain or retain an advantage in the conduct of business for People In Aid. People In Aid can be liable for this offence where it has failed to prevent such bribery by associated persons.

It is therefore not acceptable to give, promise to give, or offer, a payment, gift or hospitality to any People In Aid employee, volunteer or consultant with the expectation or hope that a business advantage will be received, or to reward a business advantage already given; nor is it acceptable for us to accept a payment, gift or hospitality from a third party that we know or suspect is offered or provided with the expectation that it will obtain a business advantage for them. Our anti-bribery policy specifies that there is absolutely no expectation or implication by People In Aid or by any other party that anyone who is in receipt of any gift, entertainment or hospitality will perform a function or activity other than in good faith, impartially, or in a position of trust and to the standard of what a reasonable person in the UK would expect in relation to the performance of the type of function or activity involved.

People In Aid, its consultants and contractual partners must comply with any anti-bribery and anti-corruption legislation that applies in any jurisdiction in any part of the world in which they might be expected to conduct business on behalf of or in association with People In Aid.

Remuneration policy

It is recommended good practice for a non-profit to be transparent on how its salaries are decided. People In Aid’s practices on remuneration and performance can be summarised as follows:

Each year the Board will consider a pay adjustment applicable to all members of staff. They may also agree a separate pot of money which will be at the discretion of managers, collectively, to distribute as a bonus. Decisions will be based on performance ratings of Not Met, Met and Exceeded Expectations. Every second year the Treasurer manages a job benchmarking process using Croner. New posts will be benchmarked against the sector and comparable existing posts’.

For transparency, the Board wishes to disclose the differential between the highest and lowest paid staff members. For 2015-16 this is 1:3.7