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Our people

Plan UK CEO Tanya Barron and Chair of trustees Janet Paraskeva with YAP members and young activists at the Day of the Girl event in Trafalgar Square

Everyone at Plan, from our directors to our field staff to our fundraisers, is passionate about one thing – improving the lives of children.

We listen to the experts

To find the best solutions to the problems children face we listen to the experts – the children themselves. We have learnt the best approach is to trust in people to find their own solutions and children and young people’s ideas are central to the decisions and plans that affect their lives.

We use local knowledge

Our work requires a deep understanding of the communities we work with, so at least 90 per cent of our staff in the field are from the countries we work in. Plan employs over 8,000 staff around the world, all of whom are deeply committed to helping children and their communities. We also work with 70,000 community volunteers.

Our senior management

Tanya Barron, Chief Executive
Angela Beerman, Director of Human Resources
Bill Cunningham, Director of Finance and IT
Nazma Kabir, Director of Programmes
Mike Thiedke, Director of Public Engagement

The highest-paid employee in 2014 was the Chief Executive who received a gross salary in the year of £109,339, employer pension contributions of £18,656, and received no benefits in kind.

For more information on Plan UK’s management structure, read our latest annual report and accounts.

Our board members

Dame Janet Paraskeva
Richard Street
Thomas Hoegh
Charlotte Imbert
Richard Laing
Leon Ward
Javaid Khan
Spencer McHugh


Amanda Phillips
Jane French
Hanah Burgess
Lara Oyesanya
Gillian Smith
Eve, YAP member
June, YAP member


Our Youth Advisory Panel

Children are at the heart of all our work. To help us champion children’s rights and participation, Plan UK has a Youth Advisory Panel and two young people on our Board of Trustees.

Our patrons

HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
Michael Aspel OBE
Baroness Gardner of Parkes
Marie Helvin
Virginia McKenna
The Lord Paul

Dr Miriam Stoppard
Baroness Warnock of Weeke
Len Woodley QC
Baroness Rendell of Babergh
Baroness Morris of Yardley
Sir John Holme

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