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Stephen Hale OBE is Chief Executive of Refugee Action, a UK charity that provides practical support to refugees and speaks out in defence of their rights and needs. He blogs regularly on how the UK can meet its responsibilities to support those fleeing war and persecution including at http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/stephen-hale/
Stephen has also been a trustee of Friends of the Earth since May 2014.
From 2010 to February 2015 Stephen was Deputy and Advocacy Campaigns director of Oxfam International, and head of the Geneva office of Oxfam International.
From 2006 - April 2010 he was the director of Green Alliance, an independent charity and green think tank working on environment policy in the United Kingdom. He was a trustee of Christian Aid from 2007 - 10.
He worked previously at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, as special adviser to secretary of state Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP from 2003–06 and, before that, as adviser to environment minister Rt Hon Michael Meacher MP from 2002-03. Formerly, he was a senior consultant at ERM, an international environmental consultancy. He was also active in SERA (the environmental group affiliated to the Labour Party), serving as chair in 2001-02 and as vice-chair from 1999-2001.
He is the author of The new commandments of climate change strategy and The new politics of climate change (2008) and is currently the third sector chair of the ministerial task force on climate change, the environment and sustainable development.
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