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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.

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 Co-operation 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. 

She leads Christian Aid's involvement in Aprodev (a group of 17 European church-related development agencies) and as a member of the British Overseas Aid Group (BOAG) and the Disasters Emergency Committee. 

Loretta has a BA (Hons) in Law from the University of Cambridge.

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

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

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 Kyndt is responsible for coordinating Christian Aid’s organisational development and performance, ensuring human resources, processes and systems are fully aligned behind the achievement of corporate strategic goals. He oversees the implementation and performance of our corporate strategies, setting and monitoring standards for accountability, transparency and impact assessment. 

He joined Christian Aid in 2002 as deputy international director and took on his current role in 2005.

He has worked in development for more than 25 years. Having worked in Papua New Guinea and later in Nigeria, managing a volunteer programme, he returned to the UK to do an MBA before moving on to Sightsavers International to manage programmes in Asia, Pacific and Caribbean.

He later took on the role of deputy international director leading the strategic development of Sightsavers’ global programme.

He is the chair of ECLOF International; a board trustee of Health Poverty Action; a member of the audit committee of Sightsavers International; and was a board trustee of BOND 1999-2005 (treasurer between 2001-05).

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

David leads our departments responsible for fundraising, marketing, campaigning and communications. Together these teams seek to enable individuals and churches to connect their faith and vision for the ending of poverty with that of Christian Aid and to engage decision makers in church, government and the private sector to take their part in the eradication of poverty. These departments work through a network of offices across England, Ireland, Scotland, Spain and Wales.

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 the churches, including communications and fundraising. As head of our Africa division David establish a devolved, networked, organisation in which our vision of empowerment and change in the outside world seeks to be matched by our internal ways of working.

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 recently 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 30 devolved offices.

He has been with Christian Aid since 2004.

A tropical agriculturist by training, Paul Valentin has worked in international development for over 30 years, starting as a volunteer agricultural extension worker 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 almost 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 and has served as Vice Chair of the British international development sector organisation Bond from 2008 till 2012.

 

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