New comms director at ShelterBox


The international disaster relief charity ShelterBox has appointed Lisa McCormack as its new director of fundraising and communications.

Joining the Truro-based charity in its mission to provide emergency shelter to people uprooted from their homes by disaster or conflict, McCormack brings extensive experience to the role.

She has worked in the UK charity sector for the past 20 years, starting at Help the Aged (now AgeUK) where she worked in fundraising events before holding several different posts, including director of communications and fundraising at Creative Youth Network. McCormack has experience working for medical, disability, and animal welfare charities and, for the last five years, has worked as head of fundraising at the Donkey Sanctuary.

She said: “As we begin our crucial response in Gaza, I am honoured to join the remarkable supporters and team at ShelterBox; an organisation renowned for its commitment to people made homeless by disaster and conflict. Together, we will work tirelessly to provide critical shelter when people need it most.”

ShelterBox will be providing emergency shelter aid and other essential items to thousands of people who need it in Gaza working in partnership with MAP. Credit Mohamme

Sanj Srikanthan, chief executive of ShelterBox, said he’s delighted that Lisa has chosen to join the team: “Lisa’s experience and belief in our mission to leave no one without shelter after disaster will bring a much-valued leader to ShelterBox as we seek to do more in the face of disasters around the world.”

The charity currently has teams working to support displaced communities affected by conflict in Ukraine, Yemen, Burkina Faso, Mozambique, Syria, Cameroon, and Chad. It has an operational team permanently based in the Philippines because of the frequency with which it responds there and is also providing aid to drought affected people in Ethiopia and Somalia.