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.

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Liz Hughes OBE, Chief Executive, 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.

Nick Moody, Chair of Trustees works with the finance sector, UN agencies and development actors to build capacity in disaster risk analytics in the most climate vulnerable countries. His first career as an army officer took him on operations in the Gulf, Far East and Africa. His baptism in mapping involved plotting unrecorded minefields and other unexploded remnants of war. After a second career in the private sector, he led the UK Met Office’s support to disaster risk finance programmes in the development sector. He has been a trustee since 2017.

Board of Trustees

Peter Beaumont is Director of Geospatial Intelligence at the Satellite Applications Catapult. 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 providing media interviews following MapAction’s response to the Indian Ocean (Boxing Day) tsunami. Following a break, MapAction was delighted to have Peter rejoin the Board of Trustees in 2017.

Barbara Bond has forged a 30 year career with the UK Defence Geographic Centre, the US Defense Mapping Agency, rising to Civilian Director and Deputy Chief Executive of the UK Hydrographic Office. Barbara has also held posts of Chair of Governors and Pro-Chancellor of Plymouth University, President of the British Cartographic Society (BCS), Fellow and Council Member of the Royal Geographical Society, Chair of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO)’s Antarctic Commission. Awards BCS’s Silver Medal, IHO’s Prince Albert I Medal and MBE for services to higher education.

Freddie Carver has worked in the humanitarian and development sector for almost twenty years. He began his career working with humanitarian NGOs, then spent a decade working for the British Government’s Department for International Development as a governance and conflict adviser, and since 2016 has been an independent researcher and analyst. He has worked mainly in the Horn of Africa, in particular South Sudan. His interests are in the intersection between politics, aid, and how people actually live, with the hope that the humanitarian and development sector can become both more effective and more empathetic. He has a lifelong interest in the role of maps in shaping our understanding of the world around us. 

Sophie Evans is Head of Country Programmes at the Centre for Disaster Protection and is a specialist in risk, climate and innovative financing, having led strategic global projects from within the private sector for partners including governments, multilaterals, and international corporates. Sophie previously worked in the insurance sector and as part of the Humanitarian Futures Programme at King’s College, London. She has also worked pro-bono supporting small-medium charities and not-for profits to develop their strategy, improve their governance and realise their opportunities for collaboration with the Skylark Charity Support Network. She has a BSc in International Relations and Politics from Oxford Brookes University, an MA in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College, London, and completed her legal qualifications in 2017.

Chris Ewing is a keen physical geographer with over 10 years’ experience in the (re)insurance and engineering sectors, alongside experience gained in the humanitarian sector with MapAction. He works for Impact Forecasting, the catastrophe model development centre of Aon, helping organisations to better quantify natural catastrophe risk. Chris has volunteered with MapAction since 2007, attending disaster response missions for Hurricanes Dean and Maria, flooding in Bolivia and Niger and a response for the Venezuelan economic crisis. He has also attended a number of training missions as a trainer and trainee.

Anne-Marie Frankland has over 20 years’ experience in GIS and information governance within the international development and energy sectors, working for the United Nations, NGO’s and the private sector on assignments in Central Asia, Central & West Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She has been an operational volunteer with MapAction since 2005 and a trustee since 2017.

Steve Harper is Nonprofit Partner at Moore Kingston Smith, auditing and advising a wide range of nonprofits. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and holds the ICAEW’s Diploma in Charity Accounting. Steve specialises in the charity sector and acts as auditor and advisor to a wide range of national and international charities. He joined the MapAction board in 2019.

Gaye Hudson is a non-executive director with over 30 years corporate communications and marketing experience driving award winning communications programmes to meet the business objectives of global corporations. She was a VP at Oracle Corporation and on the UK board of directors of global PR agencies Hill & Knowlton and Burson-Marsteller. She is a Fellow of the PRCA and actively engaged with fundraising for the RNLI.

Christopher Jarvis is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine (LSHTM) where he researches disease outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies and runs the short course Introduction to spatial analysis. A volunteer with MapAction since 2016, he has deployed on several international missions with MapAction and WHO, with the most recent being the Beirut explosion. In 2020, he provided analysis and modelling support in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with much of his research contributing to SAGE and UK government decision-making. Prior to being a researcher, he worked as an accountant in a multi-national company and has over a decade of analytical work, volunteer experience, and a strong teaching and training background.

Hisham Khogali is a humanitarian with over 20 years experience with government, the UN and NGOs, including ECHO, the World Food Program, IFRC, CaLP, ACAPS, MSF and Oxfam. Hisham has a professional background in nutrition, food security and livelihoods with experience in disaster preparedness and relief and recovery programming in Africa, Asia and the Middle-East. More recently, Hisham has been a freelance consultant in the humanitarian sector. He has worked for MapAction as a consultant supporting proposal development and the new MapAction Strategy.

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.

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

Feedback and grievances

If a MapAction team member or anyone connected to our organisation has concerns relating to discrimination, work relations or working environment (including concerns relating to equity and inclusion), please contact the Chief Executive or Management Team, or send us a whistleblowing email