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Options appoints new Managing Director

6 January 2022

Options today announced the appointment of James Harcourt as its new Managing Director.

James previously was Vice President for Partnerships and Philanthropy at MSI Reproductive Choices, which he re-joined in 2019 after a period in the Leadership Team at The National Lottery Community Fund. Prior to this, he spent 14 years at MSI in a variety of increasingly senior roles, including Vice President for Partnerships and Philanthrophy and Director of USAID programmes. He brings a wealth of international development, programmatic, technical and leadership experience to the role.

Announcing the appointment, Chair of Options’ board, John Sayers, said:

“I am delighted to welcome James Harcourt as the new Managing Director of Options taking over from Jo Elms who has recently retired. James brings to Options a wealth of experience within our sector in his previous roles within MSI and The National Lottery Community Fund.”

Responding to his announcement, James Harcourt said:

“I have been aware of Options’ work over many years and always had enormous admiration for the organisation, its people and its expertise. Options quite rightly has a reputation for excellence: in technical capability, in innovation, and in partnership and delivery. I’m really proud to be joining a team of such talented, committed people at such an important time for both the company and the sector.”

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