Accountability and Governance

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We take accountability seriously

In order to achieve our mission and to ensure that our work has the greatest impact on the lives of children, we believe it is vital to be accountable – particularly to the supporters who fund our work.

UNICEF UK takes the responsibility of using our supporters’ donations to the best effect seriously and aspires to the highest standards of good governance.

Our Trustees

UNICEF UK is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board is responsible for overseeing that UNICEF UK is achieving its mission and strategic objectives and that it complies with legal requirements and charity regulations. The Board also appoints the Executive Director. Trustee roles are voluntary positions filled by open recruitment processes

UNICEF UK’s Board is guided by the voluntary Charity Governance Code for larger charities, using it to as a tool to identify areas of continuous improvement and development.

Shatish Dasani

Shatish Dasani (Chair)

Shatish brings a broad skillset from over 20 years’ experience in senior finance leadership roles. He is currently Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee Chair at Renew Holdings plc, a £600m engineering services business. He was previously CFO at Forterra plc and TT electronics plc. He has also been a Non-Executive at Camelot, the national lottery operator, and a Public Member at Network Rail.

Sarah Davis

Sarah Davis (Vice-Chair)
Sarah is Director of Group Legal Affairs at ITV. She was previously Group Commercial Legal Director at the Guardian Media Group in the newspaper’s digital division, in-house lawyer at NDS and a solicitor at Stephens Innocent. Sarah has extensive non-executive experience with Poet in the City, Media Trust and European Newspapers Association.

Sean Carney

Sean Carney (Treasurer)
Sean is the COO/CFO of Telemos Capital, a family-funded private equity firm. Previously he was COO of The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, after a career in corporate finance/investment banking with Merrill Lynch, HSBC and Merrill Lynch. He holds a US Law degree from the University of Chicago and an honours BA in economics from Harvard College. Sean was co-opted in 2019.

Cosette

Cosette Reczek (Chair, Audit & Risk Committee)

Cosette has held a variety of leadership roles at the executive level in the UK’s largest banks. The focus of her most recent work includes governance, delegation of authority, organisation design, and transformation. She recently founded her own consulting firm to advise and support others pursuing such efforts. Cosette has been a Trustee since 2016.

Maggie Atkinson

Maggie Atkinson
Maggie is a consultant and experienced Board member. Her work focuses on safeguarding children and adults, tackling injustices and inequalities. An Honorary Professor at Keele, she enjoys the rigorous debates that work entails. From 2010-15 Maggie was England’s Children’s Commissioner, strengthening the role’s impact and championing children’s rights. Her career started in education and local government, including as a DCS and President of ADCS.

Matt Ferguson

Matt Ferguson
Matt is Director of Development & Alumni Engagement at Warwick University where he is leading an ambitious agenda to inspire a culture of philanthropy in support of world-leading research and student support. Previously, Matt spent 10 years at King's College London, latterly as Chief Development Officer. He has significant expertise in transformational philanthropy, particularly in Asia, and was part of the leadership team behind the College’s World questions|King's answers campaign that raised £610 million.

Alex Connock

Alex Connock (Vice-Chair)
Alex is a specialist in the study and production of digital content. Academically, he is Fellow at Said Business School, Oxford University. Commercially, he has run production companies Ten Alps (with Bob Geldof), Endemol Shine North and now Missile. Alex was elected to the Board in 2017.

Usama Al-Qassab

Usama Al-Qassab
Usama is Vice President Marketing, Disney + in Europe, Middle East and Africa and joined the Board in September 2020. He has led marketing, communication, media, growth and ecommerce at PlayStation and Procter & Gamble. At P&G his team helped create the Pampers UNICEF ‘one pack = one vaccine’ partnership whilst at PlayStation he was awarded the European EFFIE Grand Prix for Marketing.

Richard Hawkes

Richard Hawkes
Richard is Chief Executive of the British Asian Trust, which was founded by HRH The Prince of Wales to drive positive change across South Asia. He has held a range of senior roles in the UK and international not-for-profit sector for more than 25 years, including working for the United Nations and being Chair of BOND (the umbrella body for UK international NGOs) for five years. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the World Humanitarian Forum and of the UK’s Charity Bank.

Trustees Report

Every year, UNICEF UK publishes a Trustees’ Report detailing its work, impact and audited accounts for the last financial year. The report is an important accountability tool, showing how our supporters’ donations were used to make a positive impact on the lives of children around the world.

UNICEF UK Trustees Report 2019

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Findings of External Review

Following the previously announced resignations of its Executive Director and Chair of the Board of Trustees, the United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF launched an independent, externally led review in October 2020 which completed in January 2021.

The review was jointly commissioned by the multilateral organisation UNICEF and the UK Committee for UNICEF and conducted by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP, a leading international law firm with strong UK charity sector and investigation experience.

Summary of Findings

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Articles of Association

Our Articles of Association (or Constitution) lay out the rules by which UNICEF UK is governed. They specify UNICEF UK’s charitable objectives, how Trustees are elected and held to account by our Members (usually at an Annual General Meeting), and how key decisions are taken. It also details the responsibilities of the Board of Trustees and of its subcommittees.

Articles of Association

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Conflict of Interest Policy

UNICEF UK is committed to ensuring transparency in its governance practices and complying with legal requirements. Our Conflict of Interest Policy sets out our approach to managing actual, perceived and potential conflicts of interest or loyalties. A ‘conflict of interest’ is any situation in which a person’s personal interests or interests of a connected person could, or could be seen to, prevent them acting only in the best interests of the charity.

Conflict of Interest Policy

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Safeguarding Policy

At UNICEF UK we are concerned not only with what we achieve for children but also how we achieve it. As an organisation we are fully committed to ensuring that everyone involved with UUK fully respects, upholds and supports children’s rights. We do this to ensure that all children, staff, volunteers and partners are protected from harm and that we create a safe, positive and supportive environment, where safeguarding best practice sits at the heart of all we do. The implementation of this policy is supported by a full range of guidance. Should you require further information, please contact us.

Safeguarding Policy

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