Will Day spent twenty years working with a range of relief and development NGOs (Save the Children, OXFAM, Opportunity Trust and CARE International) in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan and Somalia. He was involved in the early days of Comic Relief, a fundraising and grant making organisation, and as its first Grants Director for Africa was responsible for setting up its grants programme. 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 is currently Sustainability Advisor to Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and as a Fellow of the University of Cambridge Instuitute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), is a faculty member of the Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme, as well as participating in CISL’s other Senior Executive education and academic programmes. He is Chair of the Sainsbury’s Foundation Advisory Board, and until May 2018 Chairman of Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP), a non-profit company bringing together private sector and NGO member organisations to help water and sanitation to low income urban communities, and is Chair of On Purpose, a social enterprise.
Until October 2012 he was Trustee and Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and until March 2011, was Chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission, the UK government’s independent advisory body. He has been Chairman of the BBC Children in Need Appeal, the largest grant giver for disadvantaged children in the UK, and was an independent assessor for the public appointments process of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). He was a Special Advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) between 2004 and 2009, and UK Commissioner on the Ramphal Commission on Migration and Development in 2010/11.