Gemma joined the RNLI in 2017. As Advocacy Manager in the institution’s International Team, Gemma works with colleagues to deliver of core elements of the organization’s global influence strategy, including relationships with UN agencies and governments, including WHO and UNICEF.
Since 2018, she has served as Secretariat for the Group of Friends on Drowning Prevention, a coalition of UN Member States in New York, that worked to secure the first UN Resolution on Global Drowning Prevention (April 2021), under the political championing of the Governments of Bangladesh and Ireland
Gemma was previously a UK Civil Servant, holding roles in domestic and international government departments from 2004-2017. Latterly as a Climate and Environment Adviser for the (former) UK Department for International Development, where she was responsible for the design and management of USD $16 million portfolio of sustainable energy and health programmes in Africa and South-East Asia, with partners including WHO and the UN Foundation. She also she served as UK policy lead for the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative, and sustainable energy discussions within G7 and G20 processes.
Gemma holds tertiary qualifications in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management (BSc), International Development, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (MA) and Cross-Sector Partnership (PG Cert).