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The CDAC Network governance structure comprises two governance organs: the Board of Trustees; and, the General Assembly.

The General Assembly is comprised of CDAC Network’s full and affiliate members and provides these stakeholders with a governance role. The General Assembly makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees with respect to strategic and governance matters and is also responsible for recommending candidates for appointment to the Board of Trustees.

The Board provides strategic oversight of the CDAC Network mission and fiscal integrity, including ensuring alignment with strategic priorities and oversight of the Secretariat. It meets once a quarter.

In 2017-2018, CDAC Network is evolving from a global initiative hosted by members, to an independent legal entity. In January 2017 CDAC registered as a UK Company Limited by Guarantee – CDAC Network Limited Registration No. 10571501 - and is in the process of registering with the UK Charity Commission.

In the new governance structure, the directors of CDAC Network Limited will be the members of the Board of Trustees.

CDAC Network currently has the following formal directors and trustees:

  • Sir Brendan Gormley, Chair, Independent
  • Jonathan Mitchell, Director of International Programmes, Plan, Treasurer
  • Caroline Nursey, Executive Director, BBC Media Action
  • Daniel Bruce, Chief Executive Officer (Europe) Internews

In 2018, the following additional board members of CDAC, “the initiative”, will become formal Trustees and directors of CDAC Network Limited bringing the number of Trustees to eight:

  • Jamo Huddle, Director of Humanitarian Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation, World Vision International.
  • Laura Walker McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, SIMLab
  • Ledrolen R. Manriquez, Projects Coordinator, The Peace and Conflict Journalism Network (PECOJON)
  • Leonard Doyle, Head of Media and Communications, Chief Spokesperson, the International Organization for Migration (IOM).


The Secretariat team, led by the CDAC Network Director, is responsible for coordinating the activities of the Network. The team consists of the following staff:

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

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean
Ryunosuke Satoro

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: Programme Manager, Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme 

There once was a dream that was Rome...
Marcus Aurelius

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:  Capacity Development 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.



The CDAC Network is funded through annual membership fees, small grants from Members for specific activities, and through larger programme grants from bi-lateral donors or multi-lateral.

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