Oxfam head steps down in wake of charity's sexual abuse scandal

Oxfam chief steps down after charity's sexual abuse scandal

Chief executive Mark Goldring points to Oxfam’s ‘past failings’ as he announces departure at end of year

Mark Goldring arriving to face a select committee hearing in London in February.

Oxfam’s chief executive is to stand down at the end of the year, the charity has announced.

Mark Goldring, who took up the post in 2013, was at the helm of the organisation when news broke of the sexual abuse of victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010 by then members of the charity’s staff.

He said: “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.”

Goldring also led the charity’s response to conflicts in Yemen, Syria, and South Sudan.

He is likely to remain in his post until his successor is found.

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