Charlie Goldsmith

Charlie Goldsmith has a track record of practical delivery in post-crisis, emerging and transitional contexts, and of managing major public administration and financial management projects. He works on cross-government reform programmes, and in the education and health sectors. Charlie is Managing Director of Charlie Goldsmith Associates.

Charlie currently oversees our work on Girls’ Education South Sudan, including the national capitation grants and cash transfers programmes, the roll-out of the South Sudan Schools Attendance Monitoring System, and a major and innovative programme of Knowledge, Evidence and Research work and Health Pooled Fund, where he led the process to harmonise NGO health staff salaries, with a view to a transition towards more sustainable government-led funding arrangements. He also leads CGA’s work in the Somalias.

From 2008 to 2012 Charlie led major reform programmes for Government of South Sudan institutions focused on payroll, HR and IT systems, including the Ministries of Education (Central + 10 States) and Health, Eastern Equatoria State, and, from 2010 to 2012, the successful roll-out of the South Sudan Electronic Payroll System (SSEPS) across the whole Government of South Sudan, through which 150,000 staff, across more than 300 institutions, now get their pay on time, accurately and transparently, through a system specially designed for a resource-constrained setting: this programme has been praised by senior government officials and international observers.

Charlie has published papers on payroll reforms in post-conflict countries, and his and the team’s work has been featured in the Financial Times.

Post-conflict and emerging countries Charlie has worked in include South Sudan, Sierra Leone, the Somalias, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Belgium.

He worked for the UK Strategic Rail Authority from 2001 to 2005, and then joined Booz & Company (then Booz Allen Hamilton). In 2006-07 he worked for the Episcopal Church of the Sudan (the Anglican church), building schools and training teachers, as part of a programme that was highly praised by the House of Commons International Development Committee.

Charlie is a Governor of Yei Teacher Training College, South Sudan and a trustee of the Queille Trust. He sings in the choirs of St Alfege, Greenwich, and All Saints’ Cathedral, Juba.

Charlie read Greats at Balliol College, Oxford, and was a British Kennedy Memorial Scholar to Harvard University in 2000-01. He received his MA (Oxon) in 2012.