SOS Children’s Villages UK has announced that Harpinder Collacott, the Chief Executive Officer of Development Initiatives, is to join their Board as Chair of Trustees in January 2022.
Harpinder Collacott has worked at Development Initiatives (DI) since 2012, and brings with her a wealth of governance experience, serving as a Board Trustee of WaterAid UK and vice-Chair of the UK umbrella body, BOND.
Harpinder will bring with her a broad range of experience in the international development sector and international affairs. Over the last 25 years, she has held a variety of roles including the Political Advisor to the Prosecutor with the War Crimes Tribunal for Sierra Leone, Human Rights Programme Officer for the Oak Foundation, and South Asia Researcher for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in the US.
SOS Children’s Villages UK is the national branch of a global federation working in 136 countries and territories around the world. The aim of the organisation is that every child should have the chance to grow up with the love and support of a family. SOS supports children separated from their families or at risk of separation from them and believes every child has the right to grow up in a safe and caring family environment, giving them the best chance of a secure future.
Alison Wallace, CEO of SOS Children’s Villages UK said:
“We are really thrilled to have someone as knowledgeable, experienced and, frankly, personable as Harpinder leading our Board through our new strategic period. We know that with her leadership and guidance we can reach even more children and families who urgently need our help, and work smarter and more efficiently to deliver real and lasting change.”
Harpinder Collacott said:
“I am really looking forward to chairing such an impressive and impactful organisation and supporting it to achieve its strategic ambitions. I hope that my experience in International Development and governance of organisations will allow me to support Allison and her team at SOS UK to deliver great value and achieve even more in the years to come.”