Nicholas Stockton became Executive Director of the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership shortly after its launch in December 2003. Since then, the HAP has established itself as the leading global humanitarian programme quality assurance system, introducing a new approach to humanitarian reform based upon certifying agencies that demonstrate accountability to disaster affected populations.
Prior to joining HAP, Nicholas was based in Corsica for two years as an independent consultant specialising in humanitarian policy and organisational development, following on from a twenty-year career in Oxfam GB, in a variety of field and HQ posts, including several years as Oxfam's Emergencies Director. In all, he has spent seventeen years in Africa, starting in 1975 as a sociology teacher in Malawi University before beginning his NGO career in South Sudan in 1981 after which he moved to Uganda from 1987 to 1993. Nicholas was the co-founder of the Sphere Project and chaired its Project Management Committee from 1997 to 2001. He is the author of many conference papers and published articles on development, humanitarian and accountability issues.