Chief Executive of Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and Honorary Lecturer at HCRI
Jane Cocking brings more than 25 years of experience in the international humanitarian and development sector. She is currently the Chief Executive for the Mines Advisory Group (MAG).
She joined the Africa desk at the Overseas Development Administration (ODA) in 1987, now part of the Department for International Development. It was while on a mission to Somalia with the ODA that Jane found her vocation – providing help, support and guidance to communities in crisis. Back in the UK, she joined Save the Children – and immediately returned to Somalia. Over the next 25 years and more, Jane would play an active part in responding to humanitarian crises in many of the world most troubled regions, including Somalia, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Having joined Oxfam in 1997, she became regional programme manager in southern Africa in 2003, working particularly in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. She then became Oxfam’s humanitarian director, with particular responsibility for ensuring the quality of Oxfam GB’s humanitarian work, which amounts to around £116 million. Jane was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2011 for her services to the voluntary sector.