Save the Children in rethink after Weir departure

The top lobbyist at Save the Children has left and is looking for a new role in climate change or human rights.

Fiona Weir quit the charity last week after five years as director of policy and comms, reporting to CEO Jasmine Whitbread. The charity is now on the hunt for two public affairs professionals to replace her.

Weir joined Save the Children in 2002, having previously been head of public affairs at the Consumer Association and campaigns manager at Amnesty International. She said she wanted to ‘take some time out' before seeking a position in climate change or human rights.

Save the Children has opted to divide Weir's role into two. It wants to bring in a director of policy and a director of campaigns and comms.

The director of policy role will focus on advocacy in the key areas of children's health, education, hunger and child protection.

A spokesman said it would entail ‘lobbying at the highest level, including government, the international community and the private sector'.

The director of campaigns and comms is charged with translating policy aims into high-profile campaigns and ‘engaging with a wide-range of opinion formers across media, government, the private sector and civil society'.

Both newly created roles will sit within the director's team in the UK and internationally, and will report to Whitbread.

Last year, Save the Children launched a five-year global campaign to raise awareness of the plight of children in war zones.

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