Helen McEachern

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Helen McEachern

Chief Executive, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women


Helen has over 20 years’ experience in international NGOs and has held senior leadership positions at Greenpeace and ActionAid International, as well as at ActionAid UK, where she is currently the director of fundraising, a position she’s held since 2011. She has recently been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

Helen counts a number of key successes over the course of her career, which includes overseeing the doubling of ActionAid’s global income to over £200m annually, considerable expansion of the organisation into new countries and raising over £300m in five years as leader of ActionAid’s UK fundraising programme. Originally hailing from Australia, she has been based in the UK since 2001 and has worked extensively overseas, including in South Africa, the Netherlands, India and the US.

Helen has a BSc in Social Policy from Birkbeck, University of London, and an International Executive MBA from the IE Business School in Madrid.