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How we are governed
How we are governed
The BBC World Service Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees, comprised of experts with backgrounds in business, international development and the media, and representatives from the wider BBC. View Board of Trustees
The BBC World Service Trust is managed by a Senior Management Team, lead by the Executive Director, Caroline Nursey.
The Senior Management Team
Caroline Nursey, Executive Director
Caroline Nursey is Executive Director of the BBC World Service Trust. She joined the Trust in March 2009 from Oxfam GB, where she held a number of Director-level roles based both at Oxfam HQ and in the field. Read more



She manages a Senior Management Team, comprised of:
Caroline Ford, Regional Director, Africa
Caroline joined the BBC World Service Trust in March 2010, and is responsible for our work in Africa. She was previously Director of the Policy and Evaluation Programme at Amnesty International, at the Secretariat Offices in London. Read more
Caroline Howie, Regional Director, Asia
Caroline is responsible for the BBC World Service Trust's work in Asia. She came from BBC World, where she was head of news for nearly five years. Caroline's background is in programme making and management. She joined the BBC World Service in 1987, working in news and current affairs. In 1991, Caroline was one of the team that set up BBC World (BBC World Service TV as it was then). In 1998 she moved to the domestic news channel, BBC News 24 as editor of its award-winning nightly interview show, HARDtalk with Tim Sebastian. Read more
Simon Derry, Regional Director, Central Asia and the Caucasus, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East
Simon is responsible for the BBC World Service Trust's work in Central Asia and the Caucasus, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. He also manages the BBC World Service Trust's work in Afghanistan. Simon began his work in the international communications for development field by working as editor and manager for the BBC Pashto and Persian Service and the Afghan Education Projects in Peshawar. Read more
Kavita Abraham, Director of Research
Kavita Abraham is the Director of Research at the BBC World Service Trust. Kavita manages a global research team of 40 researchers based in London and the 14 World Service Trust country offices located throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Kavita first joined the BBC World Service Trust in January 2010 as a research manager, working on the Governance and Transparency Fund project and has undertaken field analysis in Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Angola. Read more
Awo Ablo, Director of Business Development
Awo is responsible for increasing the organisation's income, including financial support for core activities, as well as activities relating to specific projects. Awo has worked in the development sector for seven years, designing and implementing growth-creating strategies and dealing with a range of donors. Before joining the BBC World Service Trust, Awo set up and headed fundraising teams at Sightsavers International, an eye care NGO, and at the multi-disciplinary think-tank, the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). Read more
Kirsty Cockburn, Director of Communications
Kirsty manages the BBC World Service Trust's communications team, responsible for external and internal relations including media, events, publications, websites and internal communications. Before joining the BBC World Service Trust, Kirsty was Head of Communications at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). Prior to joining ODI, Kirsty was Managing Editor at the Science and Development Network (SciDev.Net). Kirsty has also held the post of Communications Manager at the Institute of Development Studies. Read more
Andrew Lawrence, Director of Finance and Business Services
Andrew joined the BBC World Service Trust in March 2008 as Director of Finance and Business Services. Andrew provides leadership and management in the areas of finance, IT and systems, legal, procurement and business compliance for the Trust. Read more
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