Penny Lawrence

Penny Lawrence

Deputy CEO

Penny works with the CEO and other leadership team members to lead Oxfam on people change and strategic alignment as Oxfam transforms to be more globally balanced, more relevant and impactful.

Penny joined Oxfam in March 2006 as International Programmes Director, the strategic and operational lead for Oxfam's programme teams, across 60 countries, who respond to humanitarian crises, engage in long-term development and address the causes of poverty through advocacy and campaigning around the world.

Penny is Chair of the global NGO humanitarian network, International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA) and also sits on various advisory committees, eg at Oxford University, the Centre for the Study of African Economies and sustainability advisory bodies, eg IKEA, Unilever.

Penny started her career as a teacher and was International Programmes Director at VSO before joining Oxfam. She has over 30 years experience in the development field and has lived and worked in Sudan, Zimbabwe and Ghana as well as the UK.

Twitter: @pennylawrence
LinkedIn: Penny Lawrence 

Conference sessions

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
Curve of Coloured Lights

Civil society leaders will engage in a thought-provoking discussion reflecting on the outcomes of, and opportunities arising from, 2015.



Tue, 03/01/2016 - 16:30

Debate with our panel of experts about what NGOs need to start doing now to succeed in the future.



Tue, 03/01/2016 -
14:30 to 16:00