British Red Cross spokespeople are available for media interviews and comments.
The British Red Cross can offer media spokespeople on a wide range of subjects. These include health and social care, crisis response, and issues around refugees and asylum seekers, both in the UK and overseas.
We are available 24/7 for media interviews, comment and information.
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Mike Adamson is chief executive of the British Red Cross. Prior to his current appointment, Mike was managing director of operations, responsible for the leadership of our' UK and international programmes, and our advocacy work, overseeing a unified approach to all operations.
In his years away from the organisation, Mike worked for the NHS as director of commissioning and primary care at a primary care trust. He also spent five years as managing director for services at the Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID – now Action on Hearing Loss).
Executive director of UK operations
Lisa joined the British Red Cross at the start of April 2022. She has extensive leadership experience in the health and social care sector, and is passionate about improving services.
She held various roles in the NHS including director of innovation delivery at NHSX, executive director at Kings College Hospital, and director at Barts Healthcare. She also a range of management positions across the emergency, community and mental health sectors.
UK director of independent living and crisis response
Victoria leads the implementation of our new strategy, including targeted design and delivery of person-centred services and programmes in areas of high health inequality.
Prior to joining the Red Cross, Victoria was the chief innovation officer at Brunel Partners Academic Centre for Health Sciences. Previously Victoria held a number of strategic development roles within NHSE, including head of new care models and transformation director at Eastern Academic Health Science Network.
Head of emergency planning and response
Chris Davies is the lead for development of the Red Cross' operational capability to address the growing challenges of climate-related crises. He is also responsible for the delivery and development of our operations and support to community resilience across the UK.
Prior to joining the Red Cross, Chris served as an infantry officer in the British Army, which included operational deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as training missions globally, including in the Baltics and Ukraine. Chris has worked in NATO and in strategic plans for the UK Ministry of Defence.
Executive director of international
Richard leads our humanitarian programmes in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as emergency response around the world as part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
He previously was with the International Federation of Red Cross and Crescent Societies (IFRC) where he was head of delegation and permanent representative to the United Nations in New York from 2018 to 2020.
Richard has also held senior positions with the UN Development Programme, the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and Save the Children.
Head of emergencies
Luke Tredget is head of emergencies for the British Red Cross. His 13 years in international disaster response includes working extensively in Africa and Asia.
Luke has helped lead some of the British Red Cross’ biggest emergency responses in recent years, including the East Africa food crisis, Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, our international Covid response and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
Christina is joint executive director of strategy and communications, leading the team to use evidence to advocate on behalf of those in crisis in the UK. She also leads the strategy team.
Before joining the Red Cross, Christina led the Royal Society for Public Health, the world’s oldest public health organisation, as chief executive through the pandemic. Previously, she was chief executive of Revolving Doors Agency, which aims to break the cycle of crisis and crime.
Christina has also held leadership roles in the NHS and the Care Quality Commission, as well as being a research fellow at the University of Central Lancashire. Before that, she ran her own communications company.
Director for Scotland
Rob is responsible for our health and crisis response work across Scotland and manages the work we do with our partners including the NHS, Scottish local governments and the voluntary sector. Rob represents the British Red Cross in various bodies including the Scottish International Development Alliance and leads our involvement with the Disasters Emergency Committee in Scotland.
Prior to joining the Red Cross, Rob was chief executive of Cancer Support Scotland. He is also the chair of Voluntary Health Scotland and a keen scouter, leading their ‘Community Impact’ volunteer programme across the UK.
Executive director of communications and external affairs
Sal leads the communications and external affairs work, having started in September 2023. Before that, she was Sustrans’ executive director for external affairs, leading strategic communications, policy, public affairs, fundraising and supporter engagement.
Previously, Sal was director of policy, campaigns and partnerships with Alzheimer’s Society, where she focussed on growing their Dementia Friends programme. She also helped ensure that the government did all it could to fix dementia care, all with lived experience at the forefront. During the earlier stages of the pandemic, Sal was the political advisor to the shadow secretary of state for women and equalities.
Other previous roles include leading global and UK influencing, programmes and campaigns with Oxfam GB, and leading Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns tackling domestic child poverty at Save the Children UK.