Led by our Chair of Trustees, Helena Molyneux, the Chair's Circle is a community of individuals, from a wide range of backgrounds and professions, whose annual contributions play a vital role in Practical Action's current programmes and future sustainability.

A welcome from our Chair

Welcome to our Chair’s Circle. The Chair’s Circle was created in 2011 to connect Practical Action's most generous supporters and involve them more closely with our work. Their wonderful and vital gifts make a massive difference to what we can achieve together, and I would like to encourage others to join the Circle by becoming major supporters.

Since its creation, our Chair’s Circle members have generously donated over £1.5 million. This magnificent amount has enabled us to make a significant impact on the lives of the people we work with - helping to support over 90 active projects in nine countries, and transforming the lives of millions of adults and children living in extremely challenging conditions. Last year alone, our work reached a record 2.8 million people living in poverty, making lasting change and transforming lives.

Our award winning programmes include working with communities to help them achieve access to energy and clean water and sanitation, innovative ways to use sustainable agricultural practices that provide food and support livelihoods, and helping people to prepare and protect themselves against the long-term effects of disaster through our Disaster Risk Reduction work.

As a Chair’s Circle member you will join a community of highly valued supporters who enjoy a special relationship with Practical Action. Our Chair’s Circle dinners and events provide an opportunity to talk informally with Practical Action staff, including international experts, our CEO Paul Smith Lomas, members of the Strategic Leadership Team, as well as myself and fellow trustees. And meet and build relationships with fellow members, including high-profile individuals, who champion our cause.

Members receive regular updates on our work, invitations to informative events, personalised briefings, and international field-trips to experience our work first-hand.

Practical Action's staff and those we work with are incredibly grateful to Chair’s Circle members for their generous support of and involvement in our work. We hope you will consider joining us.

Helena Molyneux

Become a member

To become a member of the Chair’s Circle, we ask you to consider a gift from £5,000 upwards.

To discuss membership, please contact one of the team:

David Humble-White 

Philanthropy Manager
Email: david.humble-white@practicalaction.org.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1926 634 41

Helen Mannion

Email: helen.mannion@practicalaction.org.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1926 634 530 | Mob: +44 (0)7939 948 234


Chair's Circle visits

Read about our Chair's Circle trips from the past few years.

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