accessibility & help


The British Red Cross has a range of expert spokespeople available for interview. Our main spokespeople are listed below but we also have other staff available depending on the nature of your enquiry.

UK services

First aid

Joe Mulligan is our first-aid expert. He can talk about the importance of first-aid training, give life-saving tips and is a spokesperson for our Life. Live it campaign. Joe is a qualified nurse, was a frontline ambulance-crew member and a teacher, and is the author of various first-aid publications. The British Red Cross trains more than 150,000 first aiders every year.


Natural disasters, disaster preparedness and disaster reduction

Alexander Matheou leads the British Red Cross' international division which is responsible for international disaster response, support to resilience programmes and organisational development of our partner Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

International disaster response

Mike Goodhand is head of international logistics and is responsible for the rapid deployment of our logistics emergency response unit to disaster zones around the world. The team procures relief items such as blankets and tents and ensures goods are delivered effectively to the people who need them most. Mike has been at the forefront of our disaster response work for more than ten years. 

General and fundraising

Chief executive

Mike Adamson was the acting chief executive from April until October 2014, when he became chief executive. Prior to this, he was managing director of operations, responsible for the leadership of the British Red Cross' UK and international programmes and its advocacy work, overseeing a unified approach to all operations.


Mark Astarita is our director of fundraising and responsible for raising tens of millions of pounds of donations annually. He has over a decade of experience of fundraising in the voluntary sector and was a pioneer of face-to-face fundraising. Mark can talk about our shops, fundraising events and challenges, Red Cross Week, emergency appeals, our corporate partnerships and issues such as ethical fundraising.