Structure and governance
VSO operates internationally through a series of international fundraising and recruitment hubs, and a strong network of programme offices in developing countries.
VSO is governed by the International Board and Executive Board.
The Executive Board is the main decision-making group within VSO. It holds responsibility for quarterly setting and reviewing of objectives, budgets and the strategic direction of VSO.
Dr Philip Goodwin joined VSO as Chief Executive in March 2015.
Prior to taking up this position, he was Chief Executive of TREE AID from June 2010, where he lead the expansion of programme work into Ethiopia and Niger, doubling the overall number of beneficiaries the organization reaches.
He was also with the British Council for more than a decade, conducted research into poverty issues with the Overseas Development Institute and was a community development volunteer in Mali.
Donne Cameron joined VSO in 2012 as regional director for Southern Africa, having spent the previous 10 years with Habitat for Humanity International in South Africa.
She was appointed as director of Africa Group in November 2013, moving to her current executive director role in 2015, and is based in Pretoria.
Kathryn Gordon joined VSO in early 2010. She was appointed to her current position in July 2015 and has responsibility for human resources, organisational learning and international volunteering.
Fabienne Arminjon joined VSO in May 2017 as Executive Director in charge of Finance, IT, Procurement and Facilities management. She brings over 20 years’ experience in Finance leadership positions both in the Charity Sector (Christian Aid, Save the Children, Médecins Sans Frontières) and in large private sector companies.
International Board of Trustees
The International Board meets at least three times a year, three times a year in person and four times a year via telephone. For further information on the roles and responsibilities of the International Board of Trustees, of any of the IB sub-committees, or to contact any of our trustees with respect to their involvement with VSO, please contact the VSO company secretary.
The current members of the International Board of Trustees are:
Mari Simonen – Chair of the Board of Trustees
Deputy Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA)
Sam Younger – Vice Chair
Chair of CILEx Regulation and serves on the Council of the Advertising Standards Authority
Chris Merry - Honorary Treasurer
Chief executive officer, Ipes Group
Chief of Party of the USAID Civil Society project "Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement (SACE)"
Baroness Hilary Armstrong
Member of the House of Lords, former VSO volunteer in Kenya
Senior Strategy Advisor at NHS England
Dr Noerine Kaleeba
Patron and founder, TASO Uganda and Vice Chair, Uganda National Health Research Organisation
Fundraising consultant (UK) and VSO volunteer
Regional Director for South Asia, International Planned Parenthood Federation (India)
Amanda Rowlatt CBE
Chief Analyst at the Department for Transport
Youth Advisers to the Board
VSO's Youth Advisers attend VSO International Board meetings and ensure the thoughts, opinions and perspectives of young people are included in decision-making. Youth Advisers do not have voting, legal or fiduciary responsibilities.
The current VSO Youth Advisers are:
Find out more about our Youth Advisers here.