Oxfam names Mencap’s Mark Goldring as new Chief Executive 3 Jan 2013

Mark Goldring has been announced as the new chief executive of Oxfam GB, one of the most high profile roles in international development.

Goldring will be leading an internationally renowned organisation which delivers development and humanitarian work in over 55 countries, has an annual income of more than £385m and employs nearly 5,000 paid staff and 22,000 volunteers in the UK and overseas.  He will also continue Oxfam's work to bring the issues faced by the world's poorest people to a global stage, meeting high level government and business leaders to influence them to act against the causes of poverty.

Since 2008, Goldring has been chief executive of Mencap, the UK's leading disability charity, which employs 7,500 staff and works to improve the lives of the UK's 1.5 million people with a learning disability and their families. In this time, Goldring has led the continued growth of Mencap's support services and positioned the charity as a leading influencer on national disability and social care policy. Goldring also forged the ongoing development of the federation of 600 local Mencaps.

Prior to this role he has decades of experience within international development both as chief executive of VSO, and in the field for VSO, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) and as Oxfam's country director in Bangladesh in the early 1990s.

Karen Brown, chair of Oxfam GB, said: "A golden thread that runs through Mark's career is his commitment to inclusiveness and to tackling injustice. 

"He brings great leadership and management experience.  We recognised him as a practical visionary - the personification of Oxfam - with the ability to reach for the huge changes needed to tackle issues of global poverty, while ensuring effective, practical solutions. We are very excited that he is joining Oxfam."

Goldring read law at Oxford and has a Masters in social policy and planning in developing countries from London School of Economics.  He was awarded a CBE in 2008 for services to tackling poverty and disadvantage.

Goldring said: "I am excited and humbled to be joining - or I should say rejoining - Oxfam in this role. I have loved my work with Mencap and would have left it now for no other job. But to lead Oxfam is an honour and an opportunity too important to resist. My commitment is to build on all that is strong in Oxfam and to support the development of the organisation and its work to make an even greater impact on poverty and injustice."

Mencap's chairman, Jim Glover said: "Mark has made a huge contribution to Mencap over the last 4 years, and has substantially raised the profile of Mencap and learning disability in that time. We are all extremely sorry to see him go, but we understand why the Oxfam role pulls him back to international work, and this is the right job to lose him to. We wish him the best of luck. 

"His are big shoes to fill, and our challenge now is to find someone capable of taking Mencap to the next level."  

Goldring will join Oxfam during April 2013.  Current chief executive, Dame Barbara Stocking, will be stepping down in February, after nearly 12 years in the role.

Oxfam International, the international confederation made up of 17 affiliate organisations around the world including Oxfam GB, is expected to announce its new Executive Director shortly.

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