Head of the International Programme
Nigel has led the work of the International Programme since the beginning of 2009, and has worked for the past twenty five years in the NGO sector at local, regional, national, European and International levels. He joined the Charity Commission from the charity WaterAid, where he was responsible for statutory funding for WaterAid’s work in West Africa and South Asia.
As a Policy Officer and then as Head of European and International work at NCVO, the national umbrella body for voluntary organisations in the UK, Nigel worked on NGO regulation at both UK and European levels. During this time Nigel worked on the 1993 Charities Act and on the draft European Statute for Voluntary Organisations, which was being proposed at the time by the European Commission. He also worked on other Government legislation and policies affecting the voluntary sector, notably the Broadcasting and Community Care Acts as well as a Government White Paper on the Environment.
As President of CEDAG, the European Council for Voluntary Organisations, Nigel led a coalition of European NGOs lobbying for clearer European policies to support European voluntary organizations and foundations. As a result of this work he was invited to work at the European Commission to complete and promote the Commission’s Communication on “Promoting the Role of Voluntary Organisations and Foundations in Europe”.
For the past ten years, Nigel has been working in the International NGO sector. As Director of Programmes at the International Council on Social Welfare, Nigel worked with NGO coalitions at the Millennium Summit and the World Summit on Social Development + 5. At International Family Health and IPPF Nigel worked on sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS issues in developing countries.
Regional Manager for the Gulf, Middle East and North Africa
Robin MacGregor joined the Charity Commission’s International Programme in February 2010 from Dubai, where he was Director of the University of Exeter's Middle East Office (MEO). He has over five years’ experience in international Higher Education work, and in 2008-9 held the Chair of the East-West Africa Working Group for Scotland. Before joining the Charity Commission he also worked as a post-conflict education consultant in northern Iraq and Nepal, and since 2000 has travelled to and worked on projects in more than 48 countries, specifically within the Gulf, wider Middle East and Africa.
Robin has lived in Japan, Egypt and the UAE, has published a first translation of St Jerome's Mediaeval Latin Commentaries on Ecclesiastes and holds an M.A. and M.Phil. from St Andrews University, Scotland in Classical and Semitic Languages. He is also a registered Deployable Civilian Expert (DCE) for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and DFID Stabilisation Unit.
Programme Support Officer
Clare has worked at the Charity Commission for two years and joined the International Programme in July 2011.
Before joining the International Programme Clare worked as a Senior Case Officer in the Compliance Investigations Unit at the Commission. Prior to that, Clare worked for the Audit Commission before moving into the NGO sector, working for a London based grant maker, and latterly for a national arts and criminal justice charity. Clare has a BA in History from Newcastle University and a MA in Diplomatic Studies from Leicester University.