Stephen Hale OBE

Chief Executive, Refugee Action


Stephen is Chief Executive of Refugee Action, a national charity that aims to enable all asylum seekers and refugees to access justice and rebuild their lives successfully in the UK. He was named as the Third Sector charity chief executive of the year in September 2019.

Prior to this Stephen worked at Oxfam International as Deputy Advocacy and Campaigns Director from 2010-15, with responsibility for Oxfam’s global campaigns and advocacy.

Stephen was Director of the UK charity Green Alliance from 2006-10, and was awarded an OBE for services to the environment in 2011. Prior to this he was a special advisor to UK government ministers from 2002-06, focusing on climate change.

Stephen was a trustee of the international development charity Christian Aid from 2007-10, Friends of the Earth from 2014-18, and the Samworth Foundation from 2016-19.

Interested in becoming a judge for the Third Sector Awards 2020? Please complete our online registration to be considered.

What's involved?
  • Step 1: Three weeks of online reading approximately 40 entries, providing detailed feedback on every entry and a first round score
  • Step 2: Judges will discuss in their panels the highest scoring work to determine the final winner in September.

To be considered, you must be of a senior level working within the charity sector or on behalf of charities. 

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