The Helen Bamber Foundation is thrilled to announce Kerry Smith has today (1 May 2018) joined the Foundation as Chief Executive Officer. Kerry comes to the Foundation at an exciting time of strategic growth. Kerry will work alongside the Foundation’s trustees, staff and volunteers to support refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced extreme human cruelty, such as torture and human trafficking.
Kerry started her career at the Refugee Legal Centre and worked as a trainee at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors. Moving into international humanitarian work, Kerry was posted in Ethiopia and Columbia for the International Committee of the Red Cross before returning to work as a Gender Adviser at Amnesty International UK focusing on trafficking. This is when she first came across the work of the Helen Bamber Foundation. She then moved to work on children in conflict at Save the Children before joining Plan International UK as Head of Girls Rights and Youth and developing a new area of work on girls’ rights in the UK.On announcing the appointment Charlotte Seymour-Smith, Chair of the Helen Bamber Foundation, said:
“On behalf of the trustees, I am delighted to welcome Kerry as our as first Chief Executive. Kerry brings the skills and experience that will help us take the Foundation to the next level. We are immensely proud of what HBF has achieved to date, and the time is right to build on our achievements and take the next steps with Kerry’s leadership. Kerry’s initial work will focus on a refreshing our strategic plans for the next three years. We are committed to doing this in a way that complements the work of others in the sector so that together we can create the best outcomes for our clients”.
“I am thrilled to be appointed as the Chief Executive. I have long admired the foundation’s work and am pleased to be joining at such a critical moment for ensuring the better treatment of survivors of torture, trafficking and other gross violations of human rights.”
We look forward to sharing the Foundation’s new strategic direction with you in the future.