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Tanya Barron, Plan UK Chief ExecutiveTanya Barron is the Chief Executive of Plan UK.

Starting out as a special needs teacher, and then a lecturer in Politics and Philosophy, in 1989 Tanya joined international development charity VSO, becoming their Head of Programmes for Eastern Europe and former Soviet countries.

After three years with the European Children’s Trust, in 1999 she was appointed as the first CEO of Home-Start International. During this period she was seconded part-time to Brussels to manage a grant-making facility for the European Commission. From 1995-2002 Tanya was Chair of a UNICEF NGO Committee in Geneva.

Tanya was appointed as International Director at Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) in 2004. She co-authored various papers and edited two LCD books, 'Disability and Inclusive Development' and 'Poverty and Disability'.  She holds various trusteeships and is currently a Board Member of the World Bank’s Global Partnership on Disability and Development. In 2003 Tanya was given the European Woman of Achievement (Humanitarian) award. She became Chief Executive of Plan UK in January 2013.

Photo: Plan / Alison Baskerville

Latest News
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Latest Blogs
  • Often women are underrepresented in the humanitarian sector, especially in management positions. However, on World Humanitarian Day, which focuses on incredible aid workers, we're highlighting the female managers in our Tanzania office, working with the Burundi refugees.
  • Malawi has one of the world’s highest child marriage rates. Young girls who are victims of child marriage are often taken out of education leaving them with little choice over their future. For the next two weeks Plan International UK is collecting signatures in solidarity with young campaigners in Malawi who are looking to amend the constitution and end child marriage. Tionge tells us why she's campaigning to change the law.

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