Penny Lawrence

Penny Lawrence

Penny is an executive coach, applied researcher and consultant. She is chair of Refugee Action and of Fair Share for Women Leaders advisors. Penny convenes action research into Why are there so few women CEOs in International NGOs?

Her recent publications also include Whither large International NGOs. Penny was programmes director and deputy chief executive leading organisational change at Oxfam GB 2006-2018. She has over 30 years’ experience in international development.  

Twitter: @pennylawrence
LinkedIn: Penny Lawrence 


Conference call
14 April 2020
Practical tips and insights for CEOs to lead your organisation’s crisis response to Covid-19 in a collective, inclusive way.
Swirl of barracuda
11 December 2018
Penny Lawrence looks at the structural and cultural changes multi-mandate NGOs can make to keep up with future trends.
Fish on coral on Great Barrier Reef
8 November 2018
Oxfam GB's former deputy chief executive discusses the challenges facing big international development charities and shares her insights into how they can remain relevant.

Conference sessions


Can the largest NGOs in our sector truly be international, multi-mandate and agile?



Tue, 03/19/2019 - 13:45 to 14:45
Lead strand

In this session, we’ll examine the data on gender inequality and interrogate the barriers we need to overcome for a more equal balance in our sector’s leadership.



Tue, 03/19/2019 - 15:15 to 16:15
Innovate Session
Innovate header

Finding new ways of working that balance risk and reward is crucial to any organisation’s success in today’s climate.



Mon, 03/20/2017 - 11:15 to 12:45