Home / News / Press / Contact and spokespeople

Contact and spokespeople

Smiling mother and childSOS Children's Villages provides up-to-date news to the world’s media.

We can source features, interviews, pictures and footage on a wide range of topics, and can also provide statements on more general development topics.

Our strength is that unlike many other international charities, we are based in-situ, permanently. We predominantly employ local people and automatically receive regular news-updates from our colleagues on the ground.

If you would like to talk to someone from our press office, please email press@soschildren.org, or call 01223 365 589.


SOS Children's Villages has a wealth of experts and spokepeople in every area of its work – both in the UK and across the world. If you are researching issues affecting orphaned or abandoned children, we could help you with stories, case studies, interviews from the field and much more. We can arrange visits to our Children’s Villages and projects and secure interviews with our local staff.

If you're looking for comment or analysis on an emergency, contact the Press Team, who will put you in touch with a spokesperson on the ground.

The following people are available for interview in the UK or as they travel. An ISDN link is available. For more information or to organise an interview, contact us.

                                                        Simon Etherington, CEO

Simon Etherington

Simon joined the SOS Children team in November 2013 having previously served in Kenya with the Eastern Africa British Peace Support Team.  He has also worked in Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Southern Sudan, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Simon is currently completing his MBA at Cranfield Business School.  He holds MAs from both Cranfield and King’s College and has been awarded the OBE at the conclusion of his assignment as the British Defence Attache for Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.  In addition, he received a European Union Commendation for his work in Africa, the United States Bronze Star Medal for his work in Iraq, and the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service for his work in Bosnia.

Dame Mary Richardson

Dame Mary Richardson, President

Having retired from HSBC in April 2008, Mary is currently president of SOS Children's Villages;  DCSF Ambassador for the  Boarding Pathfinder for Vulnerable Children (2009); deputy chairman of the English Speaking Union; and a governor of the National College of School Leadership. She serves on several  boards and trusts, including the Marine Society and Sea Cadets, the Dulverton Trust, Vitol Foundation and the Oxford Literary Festival.

Mary holds several honorary degrees and fellowships, and was awarded a DBE in 1999 for services to education.

To find out more

To find out more, get in contact by emailing press@soschildren.org or calling 01223 365 589.