Penny Lawrence was deputy chief executive and programmes director at Oxfam GB from 2006 to 2018. Penny joined Oxfam in March 2006 as international programmes director, the strategic and operational lead for Oxfam's programme teams across 60 countries, which respond to humanitarian crises, engage in long-term development and address the causes of poverty through advocacy and campaigning.
Penny started her career as a teacher and was International Programmes Director at VSO before joining Oxfam. Chair of Trustees for Refugee Action since 2006, she has over 30 years experience in the development field and has lived and worked in Sudan, Zimbabwe and Ghana as well as the UK.
Penny resigned from Oxfam following allegations of misconduct by its staff in Haiti following the earthquake that devastated the country in 2010. Since leaving Oxfam Penny combines being an executive coach (of women chief executives), consultant and action research convenor - currently working with 5 INGOs to evidence ‘Why are there so few women chief executives in INGOs? ‘. Penny published ‘ Whither Large INGOs’ last year https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/Documents/college-social-sciences/social-policy/tsrc/working-papers/working-paper-142.pdf