Kathleen Spencer Chapman

Kathleen Spencer Chapman

Head of policy, advocacy and research
Plan International UK

Kathleen has 15 years’ experience in a variety of roles campaigning on global poverty and social justice issues.

She is currently the head of policy, advocacy and research at Plan International UK. Prior to this role, she was head of policy and public affairs at Bond and head of policy and government relations for Oxfam GB. She has also led the NSPCC’s work on child rights and anti-trafficking at an EU and international level, and worked at the Brussels-based Social Platform and in the European Parliament.

Her interest in international development began with several years spent studying and working in India and Nepal, including learning Hindi and campaigning against child labour in India. 


Girl playing with kite in refugee camp, Bangladesh
DFID's new strategy to promote gender equality globally sets out an ambitious approach for itself and others to accelerate progress in empowering women and girls.
15 March 2018
Two crates floating on the sea with the EU and UK flags
The publication last week of DFID’s Multilateral Development Review provides us with a useful opportunity to reflect on how the UK may relate to the EU and development issues after Brexit.
7 December 2016
Packages of aid being unloaded from a truck
As international development NGOs digest the contents of DFID’s long-awaited Civil Society Partnership Review, what does it tell us about how DFID views the nature of this Partnership?
10 November 2016
Truck with supplies at an airport
In a world where 50 countries still have serious levels of hunger, the idea that DFID and its expert staff could not find effective ways to spend the UK’s aid money is untenable
13 October 2016