Our spokespeople

Find out about spokespeople for the British Red Cross who are available for media interviews and comments.

We are available 24/7 for media interviews, comment and information.

0207 877 7557

Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm

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Media contacts

Contact our media officers directly

Michael Adamson

Chief executive

Mike Adamson is chief executive of the British Red Cross, the country’s leading voluntary crisis response organisation, and part of the worldwide Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

Prior to his current appointment, Mike 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. He took on this role in 2010, having previously held several other positions in the organisation between 1992 and 2003, including head of international programme development, director for the London and south-east region and director of strategy, planning and information systems.

In his years away from the organisation, Mike worked for the NHS as director of commissioning and primary care at a primary care trust in Gloucestershire for three years, and spent five years as managing director for services at the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID – now Action on Hearing Loss).

Mike is currently a:

  • Trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC)
  • Member of the NHS Five Year Forward View Prevention Board
  • Member of the Foreign Secretary’s Human Rights Advisory Panel
  • Trustee of Catch 22.

Mike also chaired the recent NCVO review on how charities enable donors to give consent.

Mike has an MPhil in economics from Oxford University and an MBA with distinction.

Norman McKinley

Executive director of UK operations

Norman joined the Red Cross in 1997 as a regional director before occupying a number of senior positions across the organisation.

He is now executive director of UK operations. Previously he was UK director for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Prior to his appointment with the Red Cross, Norman had a successful career within personal health and social services in Northern Ireland.

Colin Brown

UK director of independent living and crisis response

Colin Brown is responsible for delivering high quality independent living and crisis response services across the UK. He takes a lead role in co-ordinating the collective Red Cross response during emergencies.

Colin has been with the Red Cross for nearly seven years. He is currently a board member of Action Hampshire (rural community council) and until 2017 he was on the board of Healthwatch Hampshire and the NHS People and Communities’ Board.

Prior to joining the British Red Cross, Colin worked in senior roles for a variety of organisations including RNIB, Brighton New Deal for Communities and major regeneration programmes in south London.

Simon Lewis

Head of emergency planning and response

Since August 2010, Simon has been the head of crisis response for the British Red Cross. Simon works with government, police, fire, ambulance, local authorities, voluntary sector partners and other agencies across the UK to ensure that the British Red Cross is able to provide the best support in an emergency.

He co-ordinates a nationwide team of emergency response volunteers and staff who respond to everything from house fires to terror attacks, providing vital practical help and emotional support to people in crisis. Simon also chairs the national Voluntary Sector Civil Protection working group.

Prior to this, he spent over 30 years in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). Simon retired as chief superintendent, head of MPS emergency preparedness at New Scotland Yard.

This role included business continuity, emergency planning, crisis management and cross business group co-ordination in both times of emergency and in planning. The role also included being the MPS strategic link with the London Resilience Team and London Resilience Partnership. During this time he also chaired the London Emergency Services Liaison Panel.

Alexander Matheou

Executive director of international

Alexander has worked in the humanitarian sector for 20 years and has experience of working in the Middle East, South Asia, the former Soviet Union and Africa.

His areas of expertise include:

  • disaster management
  • risk reduction
  • good donorship practices
  • aid effectiveness

Ben Webster

Head of emergencies

Ben has 15 years of humanitarian response experience. This includes field experience in Darfur, South Sudan, Pakistan and Haiti.

He joined the British Red Cross in 2012 as a disaster response programmer manager and now leads the British Red Cross’ international emergency responses.

Ben is also engaged in the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement initiatives to improve collective response to crises worldwide.

Zoё Abrams

Executive director of communications and advocacy

Zoё joined the British Red Cross in December 2015. Her previous role was director of marketing communications at Barnardo’s, where she led integrated engagement with a diverse range of audiences to raise funds and campaign for the UK’s most vulnerable children.

Prior to joining the voluntary sector in 2011, Zoё spent a decade working in Whitehall and Westminster. She worked in the press offices of the Department for Education and Defra.

She was responsible for overseeing the Ministry of Justice’s first major marketing campaign. Zoё also managed government communications about the EU at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.