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Penny Lawrence

Penny Lawrence

Areas of work

Deputy Chief Executive (Interim Programmes Director until Jan 2018)

Office Location: Oxford, UK

As Deputy Chief Executive, I work with the chief executive and other Leadership Team members to lead Oxfam on change and strategic alignment as Oxfam transforms to be more globally balanced, more relevant and impactful. I have led Oxfam GB's organisational change programme and have now taken on the role of interim Programmes Director until the new Programmes Director starts in post in January 2018.

I joined Oxfam GB in March 2006 as International Programmes Director, the strategic and operational lead for Oxfam's programme teams across 60 countries. I started my career as a teacher and was International Programmes Director at VSO before joining Oxfam. My experience of over 30 years in the development field has included living and working in Sudan, Zimbabwe and Ghana as well as the UK.

Outside Oxfam, I am Chair of Refugee Action and also sit on various advisory committees, e.g. the Oxford University's Centre for the Study of African Economies, and IKEA's sustainability advisory board. I was Chair of ICVA (International Council of Voluntary Agencies) from 2012-2015.

I am a passionate advocate of women's rights and economic leadership, building resilience in vulnerable communities and cross-sectoral collaboration, especially with big business.

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