Starting out as a special needs teacher, and then a lecturer in Politics and Philosophy, in 1989 Tanya Barron OBE joined international development charity VSO, becoming their Head of Programmes for Eastern Europe and former Soviet countries.
After three years with the European Children’s Trust, in 1999 she was appointed as the first CEO of Home-Start International. During this period she was seconded part-time to Brussels to manage a grant-making facility for the European Commission. From 1995-2002 Tanya was Chair of a UNICEF NGO Committee in Geneva.
Tanya was appointed as International Director at Leonard Cheshire Disability (LCD) in 2004. She co-authored various papers and edited two LCD books, ‘Disability and Inclusive Development’ and ‘Poverty and Disability’. She holds various trusteeships and is currently a Board Member of the World Bank’s Global Partnership on Disability and Development. In 2003 Tanya was given the European Woman of Achievement (Humanitarian) award. She became Chief Executive of Plan UK in January 2013.