RE:ACT announces new Chief Executive –Toby Wicks
Posted by Alex Whitty 24th September 2021 Press Releases
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CHILMARK, UK (25 Sep 2021) – RE:ACT Disaster Response is excited to announce that Toby Wicks has been appointed the new Chief Executive.
Toby joins RE:ACT on 11th October 2021 from his current position as Chief of Data and Analytics at UNICEF.
His career has focused on introducing and applying innovations in data and technology to some of the world’s biggest humanitarian challenges. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience, having deployed to more than twenty sudden-onset emergencies with NGOs and the UN across Africa and the Middle East.
Toby has also held senior positions as Head of Information Management at the UK Government’s Department for International Development (now known as Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), and as a board member of MapAction. He holds a PhD in remote sensing and an MBA from INSEAD.
Toby arrives at RE:ACT at an exciting time for the organisation, following its rebrand in May 2020 and the success of its Covid-19 response in the UK that supported over 167,000 people, as well as the launch of its commercial subsidiary, RE:SILIENT. The charity is currently supporting evacuees from Afghanistan, while RE:SILIENT continues to assist local
authorities and businesses with Covid testing and vaccination programmes.
Speaking on his appointment, Toby said:
“It will be an immense privilege to lead the next phase of RE:ACT’s growth. At a time when the scale and complexities of the crises we face are putting the humanitarian system under massive strain, this young and courageous organisation has an important contribution to make. I am excited to spend time with the team, including the incredible Responders and volunteers, to better understand how I can best serve them and increase our impact.”
On announcing Toby’s appointment, Sir Nick Parker, RE:ACT Chair of Trustees, said:
“The Board is delighted to welcome Toby as our new CEO. He is the ideal person to lead RE:ACT as it enters a new phase. Toby will bring a deep understanding of the challenges facing the humanitarian sector and is an impressively strategic and innovative thinker. He will be able build on all we have learnt over six exhilarating years and continue to develop RE:ACT into a relevant and capable charity which is recognised both at home and abroad. Toby has qualities and experience that will inject new levels of knowledge and passion into our efforts.”
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