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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).


Executive 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).

Senior Programme Manager

Angela Rouse joined the Network in November 2013. She has worked in the humanitarian sector since 2005, prior to which she worked in scientific research following an education in biology and public health. In her last role Angela was the Emergency Capacity Building Manager for CARE International and brings a rich experience of inter-agency 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.

Programme Manager, Disasters and Emergencies Preparedness Programme 

Chris Ford is seconded to the CDAC Network by World Vision UK to manage CDAC's project under the DEPP. Chris brings with him six 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.

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 organisational 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, Sarah has worked with several Network 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.

Finance and Administration

Mina Patel deals with the Network's finance and administration systems and comes with a wealth of experience from a multitude of roles, including working with Network Member Internews Europe in 2013-2014. Mina is an experienced credit controller, and bookkeeper with a demonstrated history of working in the accounting industry. Mina worked as a Post Office supervisor and Officer in charge from 2000 to 2012 and then transferred her accounting skills to bookkeeping and credit control.  She has worked as a freelance bookkeeper for various start-ups, charities and the private sector.  In the last two years she has been working for National Council of Civil Liberties and CDAC Network.

Innovation Advisor

Hannah Murphy's eclectic career began as a policy assistant for the Women’s Unit in the UK Cabinet Office. She retrained as a theatre for development practitioner in 2003, working mainly with refugees in Egypt, Palestine, Sudan and Europe on projects led by AusAid, British Red Cross and UNHCR. She also worked in communications for ActionAid and the Kartika Soekarno Foundation in Indonesia. She then took up career as a self-shooting TV journalist bringing to light stories of people affected by humanitarian crises or those suffering human rights abuses for BBC, Al Jazeera English, ITV and Channel 4. For six years now Hannah’s been supporting various organisations - the Commonwealth, DFID, Amnesty International, Christian Aid, OCHA, UNRWA, and UNDP – in different areas of communication, focusing on innovation, mainly around improving people’s rights to information and technology to enable greater participation and accountability. 

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