The Power of Nutrition is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Bishop as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Martin Short, who led the Foundation through its first five years. Simon will commence his position as our CEO on 25 January 2021.
Simon is currently Deputy Chief Executive of global children’s charity Plan International UK. He is a passionate advocate for the eradication of extreme poverty and championing the rights of children, commitments which he has demonstrated throughout his career spanning development, the private sector, and politics. His previous positions include Strategy Adviser to The Prince of Wales’ Charitable Foundation, Special Adviser to the UK Government’s Secretary of State for International Development and a number of roles within The Shell Foundation, The United Nations Foundation and the BBC.
Simon has long been a champion of public-private partnerships for development and he will play a vital role leading The Power of Nutrition through its next phase and what will be a milestone year for the foundation and the world’s nutrition agenda, notably the catalytic Nutrition for Growth Summit 2021 in Japan.
Mike Rann AC, CNZM, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, The Power of Nutrition, said:
“The Power of Nutrition has come a long way since it was established 5 years ago, and is already reaching over 48 million women and children through high-impact nutrition programmes in Africa and Asia.
I am delighted to welcome Simon as our new CEO to lead us in our next big step up. Simon has immense experience in the international development and public health space. With Plan International his work has focused on the rights of children and young people around the world. His previous positions working with the Prince of Wales’ charities, advising the former UK Secretary of State for International Development, and with the private sector, means that Simon has the expertise and connections that will be invaluable for The Power of Nutrition. Our board, staff and stakeholders are looking forward to working with Simon at this critical moment to advance the world’s nutrition agenda”.
Commenting on his appointment, Simon said:
“No child should suffer from stunting in the 21st century. We know better nutrition is foundational to health, education and wider societal prosperity – and we have proven solutions. Yet the world is failing to deliver them at scale. The Power of Nutrition is at the heart of global efforts to do that, combining the best of the traditional aid sector with the best of philanthropy, business and investment to leverage much needed additional resources. This is why I am so excited about joining. I relish the prospect of helping The Power of Nutrition contribute to tackling this vital issue.”
Simon is also currently Chair of the Coalition for Global Prosperity and a Trustee of the John Lewis Foundation. As a Fulbright Scholar, he completed Masters degrees in International Relations and Journalism at Columbia University, and also has a Masters in Economics and Geography from Edinburgh University. He is married with two children.