Simon Starling appointed as Bond’s Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research

Simon Starling has been appointed as Bond’s new Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research and will be starting in January.

Simon Starling is currently the Director of Policy and Campaigns at Concern Worldwide UK where he works to influence the UK government and inform the public on international development issues including hunger, nutrition, resilience and humanitarian crises. Simon has over 20 years’ experience working on a range of issues including climate change, conflict and peacebuilding, livelihoods and agriculture. Simon has worked in Africa, Asia and the UK for some of the UK’s largest international NGOs, including Oxfam, Save the Children, International Alert and VSO.

Stephanie Draper, Bond CEO said:

“Shaping the policy environment for international development in the UK is such a significant part of what we do. It is excellent to have someone of Simon’s calibre and experience to join us to lead the team and work with members to ensure sustained support for the aid agenda and delivering the SDGs. Bond’s policy, advocacy and research team is strong and doing excellent work and I am really looking forward to welcoming Simon to take it forward.”

Simon Starling said:

“I am delighted to be joining Bond in the new year and working with such a diverse range of fantastic organisations from across the UK. At a time when the challenges for international development and humanitarian organisations are growing both at home and abroad, the sector must work together to maximise its impact and its influence.

I am looking forward to working with Bond’s members to help leverage our collective power and eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.”

Notes to Editor

  1. Bond is the UK network for organisations working in international development. Bond unites and supports a diverse network of over 400 civil society organisations and allies to help eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice.
  2. For further information please contact Maryam Mohsin on 07555 336029 or [email protected]