How we're run

Meet the teams who keep us focused on our mission to connect human kindness with human crisis. See our strategy, structure and our finances.

The British Red Cross is governed by a board of trustees. They ensure that as an organisation we are effective in working towards achieving our vision, using our resources to maximum effect and upholding our core ethos and values.

The board’s role and functions are laid out in the Society's Royal Charter, supplemented by Standing Orders which set out our rules of governance. The board meets four times a year.

The executive leadership team is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organisation. It meets once a month.


His Majesty The King


Formerly, His Majesty The King (2003 - 2024)

Deputy presidents

Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, the Hon Lady Ogilvy KG GCVO

Honorary vice-presidents

Sylvia, Countess of Limerick CBE
Professor John McClure OBE
Mrs Elspeth Thomas CBE DL
Sir Nick Young


Mr Anthony Andrews
Ms Angela Rippon OBE
Mrs Maria Shammas MBE