Board Elections 2019

The election for our governing Board took place online just prior to the CHS Alliance General Assembly, held in Bangkok in November 2019.

The new Board was announced at the meeting on the 20 November. The full list of Board members is below.

The Governing Board

Please find below the current composition of the Board. Each individual board member’s term of office will last three years, renewable once. The board is supported by three Standing Committees: i) Membership and Nominations Committee; ii) Finance, Risk and Audit Committee; and, iii) Complaints Committee. Find below the minutes of previous Board Meetings.

Board members

  • Robert Tickner (Chair), Independent, Former Acting Under Secretary General, Partnerships – International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Former CEO, Australian Red Cross
  • John E. Beverley, Retired
  • Allan Calma, Regional Program Coordinator, The Lutheran World Federation (LWF)
  • Matthew Carter, Humanitarian Director, CAFOD/Caritas
  • Nick Guttmann, Head of Humanitarian Division, Christian Aid
  • Dorothea Hilhorst, Professor of Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction, Erasmus University, The Hague, nominated by ZOA
  • Jacqueline Koster, Deputy Director, Disaster Response & Preparedness, World Renew
  • Shama Mall (Vice-Chair), Deputy Regional Director, Programs & Organizational Development, Community World Service Asia (CWSA)
  • Marina Skuric Prodanovic, Chief, System-wide Approaches and Practices Section, Coordination Division, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Geneva
  • Anne Cathrine Seland, Country Director – Mali, Norwegian Church Aid
  • Robert Sweatman, British Red Cross, Head of Performance and Accountability
  • Coleen Heemskerk, International Director of Strategic Planning, Act Church of Sweden​
  • Rehema Kajungu, Deputy Country Director, TPO Uganda​
  • Mohamed Zahid Almasri, Independent, Director of International Coordination and Missions, Physicians Across Continents
  • Yegana Guliyeva, Independent, Cofounder & Former Institutional Development Adviser, Agra Information Centre (AIM-Azerbaijan)


The CHS Alliance Secretariat facilitates and promotes cooperation and coordination between the members. The Secretariat is managed by the Executive Director who is appointed by the Governing Board.

The General Assembly

The General Assembly (GA) of members is the Alliance’s supreme authority. The quorum for the General Assembly is 40 percent of the voting membership of the CHS Alliance. In between assemblies, the Governing Board is authorised to carry out all acts that further the purposes of the Alliance. Find below the minutes of previous General Assemblies.

On 20-21 November 2019, the GA met in Bangkok. The minutes of this meeting will be online shortly.

Annual Report 2019