Plan International grabs Greening spad

Written by Rod Muir on 2 November 2016 in News

Simon Bishop takes top policy post at global children’s charity

Plan International UK has hired a former special adviser to Justine Greening as director of policy and programmes.

The global children’s charity has appointed Simon Bishop who worked as a senior adviser to Greening during her time as international development secretary.

Plan International works with children in 51 of the world’s poorest countries to help them build a better future.

Bishop spent over two years as one of Greening’s top aides at the Department for International Development. He stopped working for Greening in the summer when she was moved to the Department for Education.

He is a former foreign correspondent for the BBC and formerly worked for UNHCR in Ethiopia, the European Commission's Humanitarian Office in Brussels and the United Nations Secretariat in New York.

On his new post, he said: “Every day for almost 80 years this fabulous organisation has been helping some of the world’s poorest children out of poverty.  In the next year alone we will reach more than 80 million children across 51 countries – it is this ability to deliver at scale, to make the biggest difference possible, which excites me.

“I am particularly passionate about our girl’s rights agenda.  We know that helping girls is one of the best returns in international development; it was an issue I was proud to work on at DFID. Educated girls marry later, are less likely to die in childbirth and have increased earnings potential, helping themselves, their communities and their countries out of poverty.”  

Plan International UK chief executive Tanya Barron said: “We are thrilled that Simon has joined us. He was pivotal in helping Justine Greening shape DFID’s priorities and direction – and ensuring Britain remains a global leader in international development.”

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