British Red Cross , 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 National Health Service 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 chaired the NCVO review on how charities enable donors to give consent, and 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
Mike lives in Gloucestershire with his wife Lorna and two daughters Eleanor and Sophie. In his spare time he likes to run, cycle and read – he is also a founding member of his local film club.
Mike has an MPhil in economics from Oxford University and an MBA with distinction.