Our Governance

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. 

Read the minutes of the First General Assembly, held in Geneva on 3 November 2016
Read the minutes of the Constitutive General Assembly, held in Nairobi on 9 June 2015

Secretariat

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.

Board

In May 2018 the General Assembly (re-)elected seven new members onto the Board, including two independent members. 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. 

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
  • Jules L. Frost (Vice-Chair), Medair, International Director
  • Dr. Samah Bassas, Independent, CEO, Syria Relief Network
  • John E. Beverley, Retired, nominated by CAFOD
  • Matthew Carter, Humanitarian Director, CAFOD/Caritas
  • Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, COAST Trust, Executive Director
  • Osama Ezzo, Independent, Former volunteer Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society
  • 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, World Renew, Regional Programme Manager, Central, East and Southern Africa
  • Shama Mall, Deputy Regional Director, Programs & Organizational Development, Community World Service Asia
  • Marina Skuric Prodanovic, Chief, System-wide Approaches and Practices Section, Coordination Division, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Geneva
  • Anne De Riedmatten, Deputy Head of the Swiss Permanent Mission to the United Nations and International Organisations, Geneva
  • Ann Cathrine Seland, Human Resources Director, Norwegian Church Aid
  • Robert Sweatman, British Red Cross, Head of Performance and Accountability
  • Martha Nemera Woyessa, Women Support Association (WSA), Executive Director

Board minutes