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Our directors

Loretta MinghellaLoretta Minghella OBE, Chief Executive

As Chief Executive Officer of the charity, she is responsible for our strategic direction, plans and programmes across the world. She joined Christian Aid in April 2010.

Loretta is a lawyer by training who, after practising as a criminal litigator, began a career in financial regulation in 1990. The first Head of Enforcement Law, Policy and International Cooperation for the Financial Services Authority, she also chaired the International Organisation of Securities Commissions' Standing Committee on Enforcement and Information-Sharing.
 
In 2004, Loretta became Chief Executive of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, in which capacity she oversaw the payment of over £21bn in compensation to victims of bank and other financial failures. In recognition of her contribution in that role, she was awarded the OBE in the New Year's Honours 2010.

Loretta is a trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee and of St Georges House Trust (Windsor Castle).  She is also a member of the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group.

Loretta has a BA (Hons) in Law from the University of Cambridge. She lives with her husband and two children in South London and attends St Barnabas Church, Dulwich, where she is, in her own words, an ‘enthusiastic if not talented’ member of the choir.

Get to know Loretta...

Listen to Loretta's interview with BBC Radio Wales and find out more about her childhood, career and work with Christian Aid.

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Christine AllenChristine Allen, Director, Policy and Public Affairs

Christine leads the department responsible for the global policy, advocacy and high level influencing that the organisation undertakes. Tackling the causes of poverty, not just the symptoms, is central to what Christian Aid is all about. The department works closely across the organisation to ensure that our messages are effective, influential and coherent with our values and purpose.

Before joining Christian Aid in June 2012, Christine Allen spent more than 10 years as Progressio's executive director and has also held key posts with a variety of Catholic organisations including CAFOD, the Justice and Peace Commission of Liverpool Diocese and the Catholic Housing Aid Society.

Christine also spent four years running the public affairs function at the National Housing Federation, the trade body for social housing landlords. She was an advisor to the Porticus Charitable Trust and was previously a trustee for Church Action on Poverty.

She was a member of the livesimply executive for more than six years, helping to lead this ecumenical network of faith-based organisations encouraging people to live in solidarity with the poor.

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Martin Birch, Director, Finance and Operations

Martin Birch, Director, Finance and Operations  

Martin Birch helps the trustees to govern the charity in line with best practice. He has responsibility for ensuring the effective allocation and management of financial resources, and he manages information systems, audit, risk and compliance with legal and other best practice standards.

He acts as company secretary to Christian Aid and its various subsidiaries and connected charities.

He joined Christian Aid in 2002.

He trained as a chartered management accountant while working in financial services for several years before joining the voluntary sector in 1992, first working with ActionAid. He holds an MBA. 

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Martin Kyndt

Martin Kyndt, Director, Strategy and People Management 

Martin has overall responsiblity for coordinating the development and implementation of Christian Aid’s corporate strategy, ensuring human resources, processes and systems are fully aligned behind the achievement of corporate strategic goals. He oversees corporate performance against this strategy, setting and monitoring standards for accountability, transparency and impact assessment.

He joined Christian Aid in 2001 as Deputy International Director and took on his current role in 2009.

He has worked in development for more than 30 years with previous overseas work experience in Papua New Guinea and Nigeria.

After completing an MBA he joined Sightsavers as Regional Director for Asia, Pacific and Caribbean programme. He later took on the role of Deputy International Director leading the strategic development of Sightsavers’ global programme.

He is currently vice chair of the Shared Interest Society and a co-opted member of Sightsavers audit committee and was the former chair of ECLOF International; chair of Health Poverty Action; and treasurer of BOND.

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David Pain, David Pain, Director, Supporter and Community Partnerships

David leads our department responsible for fundraising, marketing, campaigning and communications. Across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales these teams seek to inspire and enable individuals and churches to make a difference to poverty. He is our director leading on Christian Aid’s priority focus on partnerships with the private sector.

David grew up in a home where the annual Christian Aid Week collection and action in solidarity with those living in poverty was at the heart of faith and has been a collector and volunteer with Christian Aid for longer than he can remember!

He joined the staff in 1998, working with volunteers in the Oxford area and went on to lead our team working with churches across Britain. As head of our Africa division David established a devolved, networked, organisation on the continent with an ambitious agenda for change involving church, civil society, government and the private sector. He joined the directorate team in 2010.

David's understanding of poverty, his theological and political formation, come from working alongside people living with leprosy in India and through participation in the transformational work of the churches in apartheid South Africa. He has studied African history, political theology and development studies, adult religious education and an MBA.

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Paul ValentinPaul Valentin, Director, International

Paul Valentin has overall responsibility for Christian Aid's programme strategy, implementation and quality in all its development and relief work worldwide, through a London and Nairobi-based senior management team and a global network of around 400 staff in 25 devolved offices.

He has been with Christian Aid since 2004.

A tropical agriculturist by training, Paul Valentin has worked in international development for more than 35 years, starting as a volunteer agricultural adviser in Kenya; then working for six years with indigenous people in the Philippines.

Previous positions include Vice President for Programmes at Oxfam America and East Asia Regional Manager with Oxfam Great Britain. He is a Dutch national who has lived in the UK for more than 20 years.

He is passionate about promoting inter-agency coordination internationally through his membership of the Board and Executive Committee of the Geneva-based ACT Alliance. 

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