Charity number: 1062638
Charity reporting is up to date (on time)

Charity overview

Activities - how the charity spends its money

DEC brings together 15 of the UK's leading humanitarian agencies. At times of major humanitarian crisis, DEC works with its members, broadcast and other partners to launch a fundraising appeal to the UK public. The proceeds of each appeal are distributed to DEC's member agencies to enable them to deliver humanitarian programmes to help those most affected.

Income and expenditure

Data for financial year ending 31 March 2022

Charitable expenditure

Charitable expenditure

Some charities generate all, or a substantial part, of their income from investments which may have been donated to the charity as endowment or set aside by the charity from its own resources in the past. Such investments usually take the form of stocks and shares but may include other assets, such as property, that are capable of generating income and/or capital growth.

In managing their spending and investments charities need to strike a balance between the needs of future and current beneficiaries. They also need to take account of spending commitments that may stretch over a number of future years. To do this, charities will normally adopt an investment strategy designed to generate both income and capital growth. To maximise returns trustees may commit to investment strategies for several years.

Investments can experience large swings in value so trustees may, in a particular year, decide to realise and spend part of their charity’s capital or to invest part of its income.

By clicking the investment gains checkbox the charitable spending bar is adjusted to take account of capital growth as well as income. This shows the balance the charity is striking, between spending on current beneficiaries and retaining resources for future beneficiaries.


This charity raises funds from the public but does not work with professional fundraisers or commercial participators.


This charity does not have any trading subsidiaries.

Trustee payments

No information available

What, who, how, where

What the charity does:
  • Overseas Aid/famine Relief
Who the charity helps:
  • Other Charities Or Voluntary Bodies
How the charity helps:
  • Acts As An Umbrella Or Resource Body
Where the charity operates:
  • Camden


Registration history:
  • 04 June 1997: Standard registration
  • 30 November 2018: Funds received from 1114154 BAAN ROMJIT
  • 12 July 2022: Funds received from 257972 IDA MORTLOCK SADLER TRUST
  • 28 September 2022: Funds received from 288976 THE ROBERT POPPER CHARITABLE TRUST
  • 16 February 2023: Funds received from 1055406 THE SANCTUARY CHARITABLE TRUST
Organisation type:
Charitable company
Other names:
  • DEC (Working name)
  • DEC SECRETARIAT (Working name)
  • THE DEC (Working name)
Company number:
Gift aid:
Recognised by HMRC for gift aid
Other regulators:
No information available
  • Complaints handling
  • Conflicting interests
  • Investment
  • Paying staff
  • Risk management
  • Safeguarding vulnerable beneficiaries
  • Volunteer management
Land and property:
This charity owns and/or leases land or property


Trustees are the people responsible for controlling the work, management and administration of the charity on behalf of its beneficiaries. Generally trustees are treasurer, chair, board member etc. The trustees are responsible for keeping this list up to date and can do this by updating their details as they happen through the online service

21 Trustee(s)

Name Role Date of appointment Other trusteeships Reporting status of other trusteeships
Susan Clare Inglish Chair 20 March 2018
None on record
Dr Halima Begum Trustee 21 August 2023
None on record
Helen McEachern Trustee 24 March 2023
None on record
Farmida Bi CBE Trustee 20 March 2023
Received: On time
Julian Douglas Trustee 20 March 2023
None on record
Alison Marshall Trustee 22 August 2022
Received: On time
Melanie Elizabeth Hind Trustee 19 July 2022
None on record
Patrick Watt Trustee 01 January 2022
None on record
Laura Elizabeth Kyrke-Smith Trustee 25 November 2021
None on record
Gwendolen Hines Trustee 09 July 2021
None on record
Raja Waseem Ahmad Trustee 17 May 2021
None on record
Peter Barron Trustee 24 March 2021
None on record
Tanya Margaret Anne Steele Trustee 15 July 2020
Recently registered
MARK ROBERT SHEARD Trustee 09 March 2020
Received: On time
Danielle Harvey Trustee 25 November 2019
Received: On time
Christine Margaret Dench Trustee 11 March 2019
None on record
Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah Trustee 01 January 2019
Received: On time
Jean-Michel Grand Trustee 10 September 2018
None on record
Nigel Harris Trustee 23 November 2015
Received: On time
Received: On time
MICHAEL JOHN ADAMSON Trustee 01 September 2014
None on record
Edith Rose CALDWELL Trustee
None on record

Financial history

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Financial period end date

Income / Expenditure 31/03/2018 31/03/2019 31/03/2020 31/03/2021 31/03/2022
Total gross income £29.02m £45.48m £9.89m £33.10m £274.29m
Total expenditure £28.81m £27.82m £29.55m £24.67m £180.42m
Income from government contracts £0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Income from government grants £0 £48.00k £60.00k £332.00k £56.00k
Income - Donations and legacies £1.05m £1.32m £1.06m £2.12m £274.19m
Income - Other trading activities £0 £0 £0 £0 £0
Income - Charitable activities £27.79m £44.02m £8.72m £30.97m £0
Income - Endowments £0 £0 £0 £0 £0
Income - Investment £173.00k £140.00k £109.00k £15.00k £32.00k
Income - Other £0 £0 £0 £0 £69.00k
Income - Legacies £128.00k £30.00k £0 £1.10m £498.00k
Expenditure - Charitable activities £24.91m £22.74m £27.10m £20.64m £172.58m
Expenditure - Raising funds £3.90m £5.09m £2.45m £4.03m £7.84m
Expenditure - Governance £200.00k £227.00k £208.00k £93.00k £157.00k
Expenditure - Grants institution £0 £22.25m £0 £0 £0
Expenditure - Investment management £0 £0 £26.55k £0 £6.00k
Expenditure - Other £0 £0 £0 £0 £0

Assets and liabilities

Definitions for assets and liabilities
Own use assets

These are assets, other than investments, which are held for more than 12 months and used to run and administer the charity such as buildings, offices, exhibits and fixtures and fittings.

Long term Investments

Investments are assets held by the charity with the sole aim of generating income which will be used for their charitable purposes such as deposit accounts, shares, rental property and unit trusts.
Investment assets are re-valued every year and included in the balance sheet at their current market value.
Long term investments are held for more than 12 months.

Other assets

These are assets held generally for less than 12 months such as cash and bank balances, debtors, investments to be sold within the coming year and trading stock.

Defined benefit pension scheme asset or liability

This is a surplus or deficit in any defined benefit pension scheme operated and represents a potential long-term asset or liability.

Total liabilities

These are all the amounts owed by the charity at the balance sheet date to third parties such as bills due but not yet paid, bank overdrafts and loans and mortgages.

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Asset / Liability 31/03/2018 31/03/2019 31/03/2020 31/03/2021 31/03/2022
Own use assets £21.00k £155.00k £248.00k £369.00k £282.00k
Long-term investments £0 £0 £0 £0 £0
Other assets £25.74m £44.46m £14.96m £19.38m £243.77m
Defined benefit pension scheme asset or liability £0 £0 £0 £0 £0
Total liabilities £19.47m £20.66m £10.91m £7.01m £137.45m

Accounts and annual returns

This table shows the charity's record of submitting annual returns, accounts and trustees' annual report (TAR) for the last five financial periods.
Title Reporting year Date received Received Download
Annual return 31 March 2022 27 January 2023 On time
Accounts and TAR 31 March 2022 27 January 2023 On time Download Open in new window
Annual return 31 March 2021 02 August 2021 On time
Accounts and TAR 31 March 2021 02 August 2021 On time Download Open in new window
Annual return 31 March 2020 29 January 2021 On time
Accounts and TAR 31 March 2020 29 January 2021 On time Download Open in new window
Annual return 31 March 2019 31 January 2020 On time
Accounts and TAR 31 March 2019 31 January 2020 On time Download Open in new window
Annual return 31 March 2018 07 September 2018 On time
Accounts and TAR 31 March 2018 07 September 2018 On time Download Open in new window
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Contact information

17-21 Wenlock Road
N1 7GT
020 4505 1695
No information available