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Toby Porter


Toby Porter is the Chief Executive of Acorns Children’s Hospice. He joined the charity in 2016, following three years leading HelpAge International, a global network of organisations working to help older women and men claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty in older age.

Prior to joining Acorns, Toby has dedicated his entire career to humanitarian and development assistance, working for 10 years with Save the Children, and five years before that with Oxfam GB and the medical charity MERLIN. As Global Emergencies Director, he led Save the Children’s response to the Asian Tsunami in 2004, the Pakistan earthquake in 2005, before moving to New Delhi as Director of Programmes for Save the Children India from 2008 to 2011. Earlier in his career, Toby worked in the Rwanda refugee camps in 1994 and 1995, and led Oxfam’s response to the Kosovo crisis in 1999.

Toby has just stepped down from the Board of Humentum UK (formerly MANGO) where he served for seven years, the past two as Chair of the UK Board. He has previously been a Trustee of Age International (part of the Age UK Group) and the Berlin-based International Civil Society Centre, an NGO working for and with the world’s principal international civil society movements and networks.

Toby was a global civil society representative at the Annual Meeting in Davos of the World Economic Forum in 2014, 2015 and 2016. In June 2014, Toby accepted an invitation to join the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Population Ageing for 2014-16. Toby has an undergraduate and post graduate degree from Oxford University. He is currently a volunteer College Advisor and mentor at Green Templeton College in Oxford, working with 3 or 4 students each year. He is also currently the Children’s Hospice Representative on the Hospice UK Advisory Council.

Toby joined the Together for Short Lives’ Board of Trustees in November 2019.

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