We're delighted to announce that Dhivya O’Connor has been appointed as our new Chief Executive.

Dhivya ODhivya O'Connor is currently Interim Chief Executive at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising and will join UWS in November. Previously she served as CEO of the UK’s leading children’s cancer charity, Children with Cancer UK, and has held various leadership roles with Lloyds Bank, GE Capital and OctopusTravel (now part of Expedia Group), helping define strategy and drive transformative growth.

A passionate advocate for the power of education, Dhivya brings an impressive track-record of growing organisations in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors to UWS. 

Dhivya will succeed Tim Howarth, the current Chief Executive, whose decision to leave his role was announced in March 2021, after a decade with the charity. Tim will remain Chief Executive until November.

Peter Taylor, Chair of UWS said:

United World Schools has achieved amazing results under Tim’s leadership, reaching over 43,000 children who would otherwise never go to school. We owe Tim a huge debt of gratitude. 

Our future growth plans are even more ambitious. Dhivya’s corporate and charity leadership experience, passion for children’s causes and her track record of driving growth make her ideally placed to lead UWS on the next steps of the organisation’s exciting journey.”

Dhivya O’Connor, incoming Chief Executive said:

I am thrilled to be appointed the new Chief Executive of United World Schools. Primary education is one of the best tools we can offer disadvantaged children to enable them to create a better life for themselves and ultimately to create a better world. 

I am excited to build on the excellent work of the UWS Team to date and to lead the organisation through its next phase of growth.”

Tim Howarth, current Chief Executive said: 

I am incredibly proud of the successes of the UWS Team over the last ten years and delighted that UWS will be welcoming Dhivya in November. There is no doubt UWS will continue to go from strength to strength, and support even more children to learn to read, write and count. 

I look forward to supporting Dhivya and the whole UWS Team as we transition the leadership over the next few months.