Simon Starling

Simon Starling

Director of policy, advocacy and research

Simon is director of policy, advocacy and research at Bond.

Simon was previously head of policy and UK campaigns at Concern, leading a team of advocates and campaigners influencing the UK government and the public on international development issues including hunger, nutrition, resilience and humanitarian crises. 

A development professional and social justice campaigner with more than 20 years working in the international development field, Simon has experience working in Africa, Asia and Europe with some of the UK’s largest international NGOs, including Oxfam, Save the Children and VSO. He has worked in senior roles on issues including climate change, conflict and peacebuilding, livelihoods and agriculture. 

His expertise includes design, implementation and management of advocacy and public facing campaigns; developing, raising funds for and managing development and peacebuilding programmes; planning, monitoring and evaluation of campaigns and programmes. Simon has lived and worked in conflict, post-conflict and developing countries including Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia.


Dominic Raab chairs the First Meeting of the FCDO
3 September 2020
With the newly created foreign, commonwealth and development office opening it's doors this week, we look at the risks and opportunities for development, and how the new department can help the world's most vulnerable people.
Abigail Smith, a volunteer from Covid Relief Bangkok
8 April 2020
With millions in low and middle-income countries facing devastation from the coronavirus pandemic, we outline what is needed for an effective global response to combat the crisis.
Shelter provided by UK aid for people displaced by Daesh in Iraq
24 March 2020
With the IDC announcing an enquiry into aid effectiveness, we examine the issues we'd like to see addressed and what the review should focus on.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson holds his first Cabinet meeting since his reshuffle in the Cabinet Room
27 February 2020
DFID survived Boris Johnson's cabinet reshuffle, but could government restructures and the upcoming integrated review divert UK aid away from reducing poverty?
Mother and child
15 October 2018
60% of acute food insecurity cases are related to conflict. What can NGOs and governments do to end conflict-related famine?
Hand picks tea leaves
22 June 2015
Based on models first developed in Bangladesh by BRAC, Concern's innovative "graduation" programme uses a mix of interventions tailored to each individual