About the NetworkGovernance


The governance of the CDAC Network is overseen by a Board, which currently consists of an independent Chair, an independent Honorary Treasurer, and six Member Agencies. These are BBC Media Action; Internews Europe; IOM; Plan International; UNOCHA; and World Vision International.

The Chair of the CDAC Network Board is Sir Brendan Gormley. Brendan is responsible for Board effectiveness, Secretariat management, and external representation.

The Network’s Honorary Treasurer is Cait Winter.

Other Board Members are: Caroline Nursey, BBC Media Action; Daniel Bruce, Internews; Leonard Doyle, IOM; Gwi-Yeop Son, OCHA; Jonathan Mitchell, Plan International; Jamo Huddle, World Vision International.

The Board meets once a quarter.

Secretariat Team

A core Secretariat team is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Network. This consists of the following staff members: the CDAC Network Director; a Senior Programme Manager; a Humanitarian Communication Trainer and Advisor; an External Communcations and Advocacy Adviser; Two additional staff are employed under the DEPP, a Programme Manager and a Grants Compliance Officer.

The driving force behind the Network's change agenda is its committed and diverse membership, with the Secretariat acting as a catalyst, facilitator and broker. The team also pursues new programme opportunities.

Marian Casey-Maslen: Director

Marian Casey-Maslen has over 20 year of experience in humanitarian response and development work. From 1993 to 2007, Marian lived in Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya working with NGOs and donor agencies on a wide range of sectoral issues. In 2007, she joined the ACT Alliance in in Geneva working on policy issues including: accountability, climate change, disaster risk reduction, gender equality, security, and psychosocial support. In 2012 she took up the position of Executive Director of HAP International and contributed to the development of the Core Humanitarian Standard and the establishment of the CHS Alliance. With a health professional background, she has a Masters degree in Development Studies (Dublin) and a Masters in International Law in Armed Conflict (Geneva).


Angela Rouse: Senior Programme Manager

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Angela joined the CDAC Network Secretariat as Senior Programme Manager in November 2013. She has worked in the humanitarian sector for eight years, prior to which she worked in scientific research following an education in biology and public health. Angela was recently the Emergency Capacity Building Manager for CARE International and brings a rich experience of interagency collaboration across various initiatives, training design and delivery, and evaluative work. Angela has a strong programmatic background, having spent several years working in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Kenya across various sectors, including primary health care, gender-based violence, and water, sanitation and hygiene.

Angela says: 'I joined the CDAC Network as it draws together a really interesting mix of humanitarian responders who each in their own right do great work. Joining forces through the CDAC Network can leverage this work to a new level, where members and beyond can learn from and inspire each other. Ultimately I want to see humanitarian responses that truly define at their core a communities’ vision of how it would like to rebuild in the aftermath of the disaster, and that communities and responders work together towards that vision.'


Chris Ford: Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme Grant Compliance Officer

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Chris, a World Vision UK staff member, is seconded to the CDAC Network to ensure the DEPP complies with donor requirements and to manage the financial, risk and contractual components of programme. Chris brings with him three years of grant management experience on both development and emergency programmes from field postings in Sierra Leone with GOAL Ireland, and most recently in the Philippines as an Emergency Programme Coordinator with ChildFund.

Prior to working overseas, Chris worked on the BBC Proms with BBC Radio 3 between 2007 and 2010, before completing an MSc in NGOs and Development from the London School of Economics in 2011.

On his new role Chris says: 'The DEPP is all about changing the way we respond to disasters. We are trying to effect systemic change from the global to the local. To be involved in such a groundbreaking project is immensely exciting'.


Sarah Mace:  Trainer and Advisor

Sarah Mace has over eleven years of experience working in the humanitarian sector, and a Masters from the International Development Department, Birmingham University. A specialist in communications with communities and accountability, including: developing policy and guidance for stronger accountability coordination and programming, leading program and organizational change processes, working with media and NGOs to develop and disseminate live saving and life sustaining information, setting up feedback mechanisms and strengthening monitoring systems. Prior to joining CDAC-N Sarah has worked with several CDAC-N members including WFP, OCHA, and Plan International. Sarah has extensive field experience including in Turkey, Iraq, Philippines, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Ghana, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India and will bring this to the role of trainer and advisor. .


Johnathan Napier: Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme Manager

Johnathan, a World Vision UK staff member, is seconded to the CDAC Network to programme manage the DEPP's 'strengthening information sharing and two-way communication capacity for better dialogue, better information and better action'. He brings over 20 years’ emergency, post-emergency and development experience in South East Asia, East, Southern and West Africa, and Central America, both at technical and senior management levels, including as Country Director for Oxfam in Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe, Concern Worldwide in Malawi and for Farm Africa in Ethiopia.

Johnathan says: 'DFID's funding of the DEPP is a significant and exciting moment not just for us at the CDAC Network but for the broader humanitarian community. Never before has so much been invested in such a deliberate way to support capacity strengthening, at scale, over time, and is therefore a significant opportunity to demonstrate why it is so important to invest in activities that support communicating with disaster affected communities.'


Martin Dawes: External Communication and Advocacy Adviser

Martin brings to CDAC extensive experience gained as a BBC foreign correspondent in East Africa and 13 years as a senior member of UNICEF communication team in southern Sudan, South Asia and West Africa. As a regional adviser with UNICEF he directed communication teams in Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the Asian tsunami and Pakistan following the Kashmir earthquake. He was heavily involved in communication and advocacy efforts in West Africa for a number of humanitarian interventions including cholera, nutrition, conflict and gender based violence. Since returning to the UK having lived in developing countries for 18 years, he has been writing on aid issues and self published an ebook giving context to the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Martin says: 'It is time to challenge aid responses that remove the most affected from the solutions to their own crisis. It is also time to recognise that aid in an age of mobile phones should also be about restoring networks in every sense so people suffering severe shock can call their loved ones and say 'I am alright'.



The CDAC Network is currently funded through annual membership fees of £5000, small grants from Members for specific activities (e.g, learning reviews), and through larger programme grants from bi-lateral donors (namely DFID).

The CDAC Network is currently in receipt of a £1 million discretionary grant from UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) which is enabling it to strengthen the work of the both the Network’s Secretariat and Members, with a focus at the global level.

In addition, DFID is making £3 million available to the Network from September 2014 to March 2017 for field-focused work. This funding comes from a new preparedness fund called the Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme, or DEPP.

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