Frances Longley

Frances Longley

Chief executive
ActionAid UK

Frances is chief executive at ActionAid UK. She was previosuly  executive director, programmes and policy at CARE International UK. Before that, she was chief executive of Amref Health Africa UK and before that was director of communications and brand for Unicef UK and head of international programme engagement.

Frances has over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, focusing specifically on strategy and communications, with an emphasis on increasing access to healthcare in marginalised populations. From 2009-2012, Frances worked in Swaziland, leading the evaluation of an experimental USAID-funded national HIV prevention programme and creating the communications strategy for the Ministry of Health for their new national Health Management Information System. 

Frances has alos previously worked in Afghanistan, developing the communications strategy for the Ministry of Public Health’s Public-Private Partnerships programme to extend the provision of secondary and tertiary healthcare. 

Frances has an MSc in Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. 


A life preserver at sea
22 March 2021
A healthy safeguarding culture has to be everybody’s responsibility, but it will only succeed when leaders step up to the challenge and lead by example.
Open plan office
5 March 2019
Many of us will need to give some things up if we are to achieve equality in the workplace.

Conference sessions

Lead strand

How to establish and maintain an organisational culture that supports good safeguarding and prevents all types of harm.



Wed, 05/26/2021 - 13:15 to 14:00
Nurture strand

The recent safeguarding revelations have highlighted questions of how our organisations are led and the cultures that exist within them. 



Mon, 03/18/2019 - 14:15 to 15:30
Lead strand

The last year has highlighted how challenging the responsibility and burden of leading a complex organisation is. 



Tue, 03/19/2019 - 10:45 to 12:15