Marie Staunton has worked in international economic and social development for over 40 years. She served as Chief Executive of Plan UK having earlier worked for UNICEF and Pearson’s. She has been the UK board member at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, chaired Raleigh international, the Equality and Diversity Forum and a variety of NGO and commercial organisations. She currently chairs Crown Agents, a social enterprise working in international development, SOAS University and the International Broadcasting Trust and is on the board of her local community organisation.
Marie started her career working with homeless women, men and families as Chief Caseworker for the Simon Community in London and Belfast. A solicitor, she worked with community groups and women’s organisations at community law centres, was Legal Officer at Liberty and UK Director of Amnesty. She moved to the private sector as Publishing Director of a Pearson company and became vice chair of the global Amnesty Board (the IEC). She moved back to the NGO sector became Deputy Director of UNICEF UK , then served as CEO of Plan UK, a member of its Global Management Team and subsequently CEO of Plan Canada.
She received a CBE for her humanitarian work.