Recent Appointments

By 1 October 2015 No Comments

The team at Oxford HR has had the privilege of collaborating with a number of international organisations that are doing incredible work in the fields of food and nutrition, ethical and sustainable commodities and gender equality.

We are pleased to announce the following appointments.

Mary’s Meals

Mary’s Meals are focused on one goal – that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education.  These life-changing meals attract hungry children into the classroom. The food fills their empty bellies so they have the energy and opportunity to learn, giving them the chance of a brighter future.

Director of Programmes: Robert Donnelly

Rob has worked for the last 15 years with Traidcraft Exchange, leading their work in Africa supporting producers to grow their businesses, find markets and engage in local and international trade. Prior to that he worked for Concern Universal as the Country Director in the Gambia for 2 years and in Malawi for 4 years. In between he worked for a couple of years in Ireland with Vita (formerly Refugee Trust Ireland), leading their overseas programmes with refugees and internally displaced people. He is really looking forward to taking up this appointment and challenge with Mary’s Meals at what is a very exciting time for the organisation.

Director of Finance and Operations: Pamela Muir

Pamela has spent the past 7 years working in not for profits, including WaterAid and Action on Hearing Loss. She specialises in leading transformation projects in finance, strategy, planning and M&E. Pamela believes in education and Mary’s Meals’ model simply works. It works in a way that respects the culture and the independent development of the operating country whilst addressing the need to avoid starvation and provide education right now.


The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)

The Better Cotton Initiative exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future. BCI aims to transform cotton production worldwide by developing Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity.

CEO: Alan McClay

Alan commenced his post with BCI on 28 September 2015. He is a British national who had been based in Paris before moving to Geneva to join BCI. Alan brings over 30 years of experience in the management, strategy, international expansion and business development of international organisations, non-profits and SMEs.  He obtained his Executive MBA at London Business School and his previous posts include CEO for The Food Business Forum, Executive Vice President for The Consumer Goods Forum and Founder Manager for Arran Strategy s.a.r.l.


Gender Links is committed to ensuring women and men and LGBTI persons are able to participate equally in all aspects of public and private life. Working with partners at local, national, regional and international level, GL aims to:

  • Promote gender equality in and through the media, and in all areas of governance.
  • Develop policies and conduct effective campaigns for ending gender violence, HIV and AIDS, as well as promoting economic and climate justice and LGBTI rights.
  • Build the capacity of women and men to engage critically in democratic processes that advance equality and justice.

Executive Director: Nita Deerpalsing

Before joining Genderlinks in Johannesburg, Nita was a Member of Parliament in Mauritius, where she was passionately engaged in social justice, the empowerment of women and equal opportunity issues. Prior to public service in 2005, she had over 12 years of international private sector experience. Nita was awarded the “Women with Leadership Potential” scholarship and she is a Sloan Fellow of the London Business School.  Nita “strongly believe[s] in our collective human responsibility to shape a better world, a world in which every girl and woman can achieve her potential by living in an environment devoid of obstacles such as discrimination, violence or economic injustice”.


We are delighted to have contributed to these excellent postings and we wish Robert, Pamela, Alan and Nita every success in their new roles.