Jillian Popkins has been announced as the new Director of Policy, Advocacy and Programmes at ActionAid UK, an international charity working with women and girls living in poverty.

Jillian joins ActionAid UK with over 20 years of experience in the international development sector, with a strong focus on poverty, discrimination and human rights issues. Prior to joining Jillian worked for DFID and UNICEF. She has worked in China and Ethiopia where she was the founding Country Director of what is now Girl Effect, with a focus on adolescent girls’ rights. Jillian is also currently a trustee for ADD International.

Jillian Popkins

Jillian Popkins, on becoming the Director of Policy, Advocacy and Programmes at ActionAid UK said:

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to be a part of ActionAid’s leading work on women and girls rights, and to join an organisation embracing feminist principles. ActionAid has a history of programmes that challenge injustice and advocacy campaigns rooted in communities from the Global South.

“It is a privilege to work on issues that can make a positive difference in people’s lives. I’m looking forward to making a contribution to deliver ActionAid’s strategy and helping to ensure that ActionAid’s commitment to women and girls’ rights has an irreversible impact.

“Joining ActionAid UK is a very special moment for me personally, as in my early career I was an intern for ActionAid Nepal. My time at ActionAid Nepal showed me how a dynamic, committed group of people can turn values into effective change. I feel really privileged to be part of the ActionAid team at a time when protecting and promoting women and girls’ rights are more urgent than ever.’’

Girish Menon CEO of ActionAid UK said:

“We are delighted to be welcoming Jillian to ActionAid UK. Her vast experience and extensive knowledge in the sector is remarkable. Her connection to the development community through her work is admirable and her commitment to the rights of women and girls is outstanding, we are very excited for her to be joining the organisation.”