Prior to taking on his current role, Mr. Day has been the UK Commissioner at Ramphal Commission On Migration and Development, Chair of the Sustainable Development Commission (UK), and Special Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Senior Associate of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Committed to play main role as Sustainability Advisor, Mr. Will Day is also faculty member of the Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme, and as a Fellow of the Institute, has participated in a wide range of CISL’s Senior Executive Education programmes, held in the UK, Capetown, Nairobi, Abuja, Brussels and Salzburg.
He is also Chairperson of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and a Member of the P&G Sustainability Advisory Board.Will also chaired the Board of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and was previously the Chairman of the BBC Children in Need Appeal and an independent assessor for the public appointments process of the DCMS.
Will worked with Save the Children and OXFAM’s humanitarian programmes in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia in the early 1980s. He was involved in the establishment of Comic Relief, a fundraising and grant making organisation, and as its first Grants Director was responsible for setting up its grants programme for Africa. As well as involvement in the production of Comic Relief’s television and radio documentaries, he spent time as a producer and presenter for the BBC World Service for Africa.
He became Director of Opportunity Trust, a micro credit NGO and part of the Opportunity International network, and was appointed CEO of CARE International UK between 1996 and 2005.
He is also the Chair of On Purpose, a non-profit organisation that helps talented professionals develop the knowledge and networks they need to lead the change in doing business, by using commercial thinking to create social and environmental benefit, and board member of management consulting company SDG Lead.