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.


Liz Hughes, 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.

Nigel Press, Chairman, 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. In 2015 he became Chairman of MapAction.

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.

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 an Audit Director at Haysmacintyre LLP, a firm of Chartered Accountants. 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.

Nick Moody is a business consultant in the field of natural disaster risk and climate change, particularly where they affect vulnerable economies. His first career as an army officer took him to operations roles in the Gulf, Far East and Africa, including tours in the Gurkhas bomb disposal and landmine clearance. His civilian career started in the IT industry, working in strategy and marketing management roles for Hewlett Parkard’s global and EMEA businesses. His interest in extreme weather and climate risk developed during four years at the Met Office, leading programmes providing climate model output for financial and economic risk modelling. His has been a trustee since 2017.

Philip Moore has been a multi-disciplinary cartographic and scientific consultant, working for industry and government for over 30 years. He became a deployable volunteer with MapAction in 2006. As such he has deployed on ten emergency missions, assistex and triplex international exercises. He continues to work freelance and on research. He was elected to the board in 2017.

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.

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