Simon Starling

Simon Starling

Concern Worldwide

Head of Policy and Campaigns UK, Simon leads 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 16 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.


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