Oxfam boss QUITS months after facing massive backlash over response to aid workers sex scandal
Oxfam’s boss revealed he is quitting tonight – three months after he faced a massive backlash over his response to the aid workers sex scandal.
Mark Goldring will leave his post at the end of the year saying the charity needs "fresh vision" to "rebuild".
The chief executive was hurled into the spotlight in February after Oxfam was accused of concealing inquiry findings into claims staff had sex with Haiti earthquake victims in 2011.
He prompted a backlash by claiming people were “gunning” for the charity and saying: “What did we do? Murder babies in their cots?"
Mr Goldring, who took up his post in 2013, later apologised.
But Oxfam remains suspended from bidding for foreign aid cash following the scandal.
Mr Goldring said today: "Following the very public exposure of Oxfam’s past failings, we have redoubled our efforts to ensure that Oxfam is a safe and respectful place for all who have contact with us.
"We are now laying strong foundations for recovery. I am personally totally committed to seeing this phase through.
"However, what is important in 2019 and beyond is that Oxfam rebuilds and renews in a way that is most relevant for the future and so continues to help as many people as possible around the world build better lives.
"I think that this journey will best be led by someone bringing fresh vision and energy and making a long-term commitment to see it through."
Mr Goldring also led the charity’s response to conflicts in Yemen, Syria, and South Sudan.
He is due to stay in his post until a successor is found.
Caroline Thomson, Chair of Oxfam, said: “It is with great sadness and with thanks for his dedication and leadership that I accepted Mark’s decision to stand down."
She added: “Mark faced the test of a lifetime managing the crisis which hit us in February and related to events before he joined.
"He rose to the immense challenge and his leadership has been invaluable through it.
"It is testament to his integrity and humility that Mark will see through the next few difficult months."