Areeba Hamid and Will McCallum were jointly appointed as Co-Executive Directors for Greenpeace UK in July 2022.
Areeba held senior roles in Greenpeace offices around the world from 2006 to 2020, campaigning on issues like marine conservation, rainforest destruction, and coal expansion.
Will was Head of Oceans for Greenpeace UK from 2015 to 2022, working on ocean sanctuaries and plastic reduction.In an article about the duo in March 2023, the Guardian stated that
‘the appointment of McCallum and Hamid in August constituted many firsts for Greenpeace UK: Hamid, 39, is the first woman of colour and first migrant to lead the organisation; McCallum, at 34, is the youngest; between them they constitute its first job share.’
Involving Greenpeace staff in the search for diverse candidates
From the outset, the recruitment plan was shared with both Greenpeace staff and applicants. This open communication gave candidates the opportunity to prepare for different stages of the process and address any access issues before they arise.
After 6 weeks of search and advertising, we presented a longlist of 15 candidates. Intentionally, these included candidates with varied backgrounds and aspirations for the organisation. By anonymising applications at the longlisting stage, we mitigated against bias in decision-making.
Alongside interviews with Oxford HR, each shortlisted candidate submitted a vision statement. These statements were scored by Greenpeace staff, which allowed them to input into the Board’s second shortlisting decision.
Before the first panel interviews with six candidates, the panel took part in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion training with Oxford HR to set them up for success – something we recommend to all of our clients. Three candidates also took part in an activity with Greenpeace staff designed to assess how they engaged with staff.
Photo credit: Greenpeace / Jack Taylor Gotch