Our governance

Providing direction and essential support to our professional volunteers is a team of full time and part time staff and an independent board of trustees. 

Chief Executive
liz-hughes-mapaction-smallLiz Hughes
joined MapAction in January 2013 with a background of over 17 years in humanitarian and development work with NGOs, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, donors and as an independent consultant. Assignments have taken her to the Balkans, west and central Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Caucasus.



Nigel Press
is the founder of one of Europe’s leading specialist satellite mapping companies and has wide expertise in remote sensing and other geospatial technologies. He has given strong practical support to MapAction since 2002 and became a trustee in 2009.



Carolyn Twist qualified as a chartered accountant in 1980 and worked as a small business adviser before joining investment bank Morgan Stanley in 1985. She has over 25 years’ experience in financial management and control in the financial services industry, and since 2005 in interim COO/CFO roles for small and start up businesses.

Board of Trustees

Peter Beaumont is EMEA Director of Customer & Market Development at HERE Technologies where he has been for the past 11 years. Since graduating as an Engineering Geomorphologist, Peter has spent his career in GIS and Remote Sensing. Peter first became involved with MapAction between 2003-2004 supporting fundraising efforts and was interviewed on Sky TV following MapAction’s response to the Indian Ocean (Boxing Day) tsunami.

James Brown has extensive experience in the humanitarian sphere that has included landmine clearance and disarmament, work as a humanitarian adviser to the UK government and with the United Nations. He became a trustee of MapAction in 2004.

Anne Kemp is a director at Atkins, growing their geospatial business and taking a technical leadership role in geospatial and digital solutions across the group. Anne joined them as an external consultant in 1995 and previous to that was the director of RSK Environment. She has a PhD, is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, Director of Association of Geographic Information, and sits on the Executive of British Association of Remote Sensing Companies.

Alex Irving has been a volunteer member of MapAction since 2004 and has deployed to the following crises: Asian Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, the South Asian earthquake in October 2005 and the May 2006 earthquake in Java. Currently he is the Technical Lead for Airbus Defence and Space’s team to provide risk and recovery map products to the Copernicus Emergency Management System.

Alan Mills is highly experienced as a consultant on GIS-related projects in developing countries. He has been an operational volunteer with MapAction since 2005 and has deployed on numerous emergency and capacity-building missions. He was elected to the MapAction board in 2012.

Flemming S Nielsen has extensive experience in humanitarian policy and practice. He has served with the Danish government, the UN, as head of emergency operations for the International Red Cross Federation, and as Chair of the International Humanitarian Partnership, which is an alliance of eight governments supporting disaster response.

Ben Parker has been working in humanitarian affairs, online media and fragile states for more than 20 years. He has worked for various development agencies in East Africa (including Oxfam, Unicef, the World Food Programme, the European Union and the UN Environment Programme).  Ben is now head of investigative and enterprise projects for the humanitarian news service IRIN.

Patrick Vigors joined KPMG to become a chartered accountant after an earlier career in the army. He is now an active interim manager specialising in financial roles with startups and turnarounds, and works in finance roles with several other charitable organisations.

Roy Wood was formerly UK Director of Military Survey, as a Major General, and then led a survey-related business. He has served as Chair of the British Schools Exploring Society, as a council member of the Royal Geographical Society and on the management committee of the Mount Everest Foundation. He joined MapAction in a volunteer role in 2005, was later elected a trustee and was chairman between 2011-2015.

Honorary Legal Adviser
Bruce Mauleverer, QC
has served as a charity trustee on the boards of UNICEF UK, the Jubilee Sailing Trust and the Tavistock Centre. During his legal career he sat as a judge and also specialised in alternative dispute resolution, and became vice chairman of the International Law Association.

Founders Emeritus: Andrew Douglas-Bate MBE; Rupert Douglas-Bate