Penny Lawrence today resigned as Deputy Chief Executive of Oxfam Great Britain.
Lawrence said: “I am deeply sad to announce that I have resigned as Deputy Chief Executive of Oxfam Great Britain.
“Over the last few days we have become aware that concerns were raised about the behavior of staff in Chad as well as Haiti that we failed to adequately act upon. It is now clear that these allegations - involving the use of prostitutes and which related to behavior of both the Country Director and members of his team in Chad - were raised before he moved to Haiti.
“As program director at the time, I am ashamed that this happened on my watch and I take full responsibility.
“I am desperately sorry for the harm and distress that this has caused to Oxfam’s supporters, the wider development sector and most of all the vulnerable people who trusted us.
“It has been such a privilege to work for such an amazing organization that has done and needs to continue to do such good in the world.”
Mark Goldring, Chief Executive of Oxfam Great Britain, said: “I deeply respect Penny’s decision to accept personal responsibility. Like us, she is appalled at what happened and is determined to do what is best for Oxfam and the people we exist to help.
“I would like to place on record my sincere thanks for the years of dedicated service that Penny has given to Oxfam Great Britain and the fight against poverty around the world.”
Notes to editors
Lawrence joined Oxfam Great Britain in February 2006 as Program Director. She became Deputy Chief Executive of Oxfam Great Britain in 2016.
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