Simon Starling

Director of policy, advocacy and research


Simon was previously head of policy and UK campaigns at Concern, leading a team of advocates and campaigners influencing the UK government and the public on international development issues including hunger, nutrition, resilience and humanitarian crises.

A development professional and social justice campaigner with more than 20 years working in the international development field, Simon has experience working in Africa, Asia and Europe with some of the UK’s largest international NGOs, including Oxfam, Save the Children and VSO. He has worked in senior roles on issues including climate change, conflict and peacebuilding, livelihoods and agriculture.

His expertise includes design, implementation and management of advocacy and public facing campaigns; developing, raising funds for and managing development and peacebuilding programmes; planning, monitoring and evaluation of campaigns and programmes. Simon has lived and worked in conflict, post-conflict and developing countries including Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia.