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Board of trustees

Our board of trustees provides us with a breadth of experience and expertise. Trustees contribute their time to help set and oversee the strategic direction of Christian Aid.

The board’s principal responsibilities include determining the overall strategy, policies, direction and goals of Christian Aid; protecting and promoting the identity and values of the charity; and fulfilling our statutory responsibilities.

The board of trustees of Christian Aid meets six times a year and consists of a Chair; a nominee from each of the national committees for Wales and Scotland; the Chair of Christian Aid Ireland; a nominee of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI); and up to 15 other trustees appointed by the members (the sponsoring churches in Britain and Ireland).

This mix ensures an appropriate balance of lay and ordained people, gender, age, ethnic origin, church tradition, geographical spread, and knowledge and skills relevant to Christian Aid’s work.

In keeping with good governance practice, one-quarter of the trustees retire at each annual general meeting and are eligible to be re-appointed for further terms of office, usually limited to eight consecutive years. This process does not apply to the Chair of Christian Aid Ireland, the nominees from the national committees or CTBI.

The board delegates certain functions to committees of trustees, including a nominations and procedures committee; an audit and risk committee; a finance, fundraising and investment committee, a human resources and strategy committee; and a remuneration committee.

Our board

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Dr Rowan WilliamsDr Rowan Williams, chair of the board

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Dr Williams stepped down as Archbishop of Canterbury in 2012 and took up the role of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge in early 2013.

He became chair of the board on May 1, 2013.

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Alexis Chapman

Alexis Chapman Alexis is a qualified accountant and consultant with more than 20 years’ experience in the charity sector.

She spent 12 years at Save the Children UK, where she filled a number of senior management positions, including Finance Director and Marketing Director. More recently she has held a number of interim roles and specialises in coaching, organisational development and change management.

Alexis has strong international experience, particularly around funding issues. Her non-executive roles have included eight years as a trustee of CMS and most recently six years as a trustee of Merlin, where she worked with colleagues to support the recent merger with Save.

She is a member of the finance committee at Comic Relief and is Vice Chair of The Border Consortium, a Christian Aid partner.

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Jennifer CormackJennifer Cormack

Jennifer Cormack has over 20 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector, most recently as Director of University Fundraising at King’s College London.

She has led the team responsible for raising some of the largest gifts in the education sector and has worked with leading philanthropists in the US, Asia and Europe to develop and deliver the £500m World Questions | King’s Answers Campaign. 

Jennifer began her career in the early 1990s establishing programmes supporting the reform of higher education and training for young entrepreneurs in the former Czechoslovakia, at a time of great social and political change.

Since then, she has raised funds for a variety of organisations, from the British Red Cross to Tate and Cancer Research UK. In November 2013 Jennifer will join The Royal Society as Director of Development.

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Reverend John DaviesThe Right Reverend John Davies

John Davies, Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, studied law at the University of Southampton and later worked as a solicitor specialising in criminal law. He then entered the ministry and was ordained in 1984.

He served in a variety of parishes in the Diocese of Monmouth before being appointed Dean of Brecon. During eight years in that role, he oversaw significant improvements to the fabric and liturgy of the Cathedral. He was elected as the ninth Bishop of Swansea and Brecon in 2008.

Bishop John has retained a keen interest in issues of crime and punishment, with a particular concern about the nature of criminality and the effects of poor social and educational standards on those who end up as crime statistics. Having served as the chairman of the trustees of a large hospice in Newport, he also has a deep concern for the just provision of healthcare.

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Bob FyffeBob Fyffe

Bob Fyffe is a minister from the Scottish Episcopal Church and general secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI). The CTBI’s general secretary is always an ex-officio member of the board of Christian Aid.

He has been rector of St John the Baptist church since 1993, and is canon of St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth. During that time he was also the convenor of the Churches Information and Communications Board, which oversaw publications and web development.

He is a member of the Conference of European Churches’ planning group for the third European Ecumenical Assembly.

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Bala GnanapragasamBala Gnanapragasam

Bala, though born into an Anglican family, was brought up in the Methodist Church in Colombo. He is a member of the British Methodist Church in London and served for six years as the first Synod secretary of the newly formed London District in 2004.

Bala has around 20 years' professional experience in the international telecommunications sector, much of this at executive level at British Telecom, ECI Telecom, CTell Inc. and Interoute Telecommunications Ltd. Until 2010 he was Chairman of University Hospital Lewisham NHS Trust, a post which he held for eight years.

He has served on many public and charitable bodies. These include Ecumenical Aids Trust, Age Exchange, Applecart, Methodist Relief and Development Fund, Lewisham Borough Council and the Inner London Education Authority.

Bala's first engagement with Christian Aid was in the 1970s, as the local volunteer organiser for the London Borough of Southwark.

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Pippa GreensladePippa Greenslade 

Pippa joined Christian Aid in 2015; she has over 25 years of global HR experience, including significant periods spent working outside the UK. She held senior HR roles at Cadbury Schweppes, was Global HR Director at the British Council and is now Group HR Director of the Bakkavor Group. Her first direct experience of development work was as a volunteer for the UK charity Interserve in northern India in the early 1980's.

She is also a Trustee of the Cardinal Hume Centre which serves the homeless in Westminster and a Trustee and member of the Audit Committee of Whitehall and Industry Group, a charity focused on building partnership across public, private and non-profit sectors.

Pippa holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology from University of Durham.

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Victoria HardmanVictoria Hardman

Victoria chairs Christian Aid's audit and risk committee. She has been involved in international aid as a non-executive for 15 years. She has been deputy chairman of Save the Children and deputy chairman of the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC).

Victoria was a chief executive in the National Health Service and also has experience of chairing all the major board committees including Audit, and Nomination within the international aid setting. Her management training took place in the NHS and Harvard.

She has travelled widely to observe development overseas and one of her areas of interest is working with marginalised children, both in Britain and overseas.

Victoria and her husband worship in the Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Ware.

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Tom HintonTom Hinton

Tom joined the board in 2010, and chairs Christian Aid’s Finance, Fundraising and Investment Committee. He is the CFO of Infinis Energy plc, a UK renewable power company. He has a background in commercial finance, financial reporting, control and performance management and has worked in both corporate finance and strategy. He is a CIMA qualified accountant.

Tom is married with a young family, likes to ring local church bells and enjoys getting out rowing on the river whenever possible.

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Mervyn McCullaghMervyn McCullagh

Mervyn McCullagh is executive officer of the Irish Council of Churches and the Irish Inter-Church Meeting. Since 2010 he has been facilitating and sustaining an effective network of collaboration within the leadership of the Irish churches in priority areas including peace and reconciliation, ministry and mission, communications, migrant integration and dialogues with civil society and government.

Prior to this he was in Indonesia for eleven years as a missionary with the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, working across a range of sectors, with a variety of national and international partners, latterly serving as a consultant for church management and development. Mervyn sits on the HR Governance and Strategy Committee and has been a trustee of Christian Aid Ireland since December 2011, where he chairs the Irish Nominations and Procedures Committee. He is a graduate of Trinity College and was brought up in Dublin.

His father was one of three founding members of Christian Aid in Dublin.

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Alan McDonaldThe Very Reverend Dr Alan D McDonald

Alan McDonald has been a parish minister since 1979. He is currently minister of the congregations of St Leonards and Cameron in St Andrews, and before that worked in the city centre of Aberdeen, and an Edinburgh housing scheme.

In 2006 he was elected moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Until 2004 he was the Convener of the Church of Scotland's Church and Nation Committee.

Before becoming a minister he studied Law and, for three years was a solicitor in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

He has been actively involved with Christian Aid at the grass roots since 1977.

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Andrea MukwashiAmanda Mukwashi

Amanda is a development practitioner with over 20 years’ experience, extensive knowledge and expertise in working to alleviate poverty, injustice and inequality, with a special focus on women’s leadership, civic engagement and volunteering. She is currently the Chief of Volunteer Knowledge and Innovation – United Nations Volunteer Programme, Bonn, Germany, a post she has held since December 2012.

Prior to this she was the Director of Policy and Programme Effectiveness – VSO International, London, where she was responsible for programme policy and programme effectiveness across the whole federation and VSO global. She has also served as Head of External Relations and Head of Programmes at Skillshare International UK.

Amanda has a Master’s degree in International Economic Law, University of Warwick and Bachelor of Laws degree, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia. She joined Christian Aid in 2015.

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Morag MylneMorag Mylne

Morag Mylne is an elder in the Church of Scotland. She is an advocate at the Scottish bar, as Morag Ross, and her practice is mainly in public law. 

From 1997 to 2008 she was a member of the Church and Nation Committee of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and then of the Church and Society Council. She served as convener from 2004 to 2008 and in that capacity spoke on behalf of the Church on a wide range of social and political issues.

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Bishop Wilton R PowellBishop Wilton R Powell, OBE, MBA

Bishop Wilton Powell is the National Overseer for the Church of God of Prophecy UK and France. He is a leading advocate for international development in a theological context across the denominations for the relief of poverty and quality of humanity.

He is also chair and a founder member of RAFFA International Development Agency charity, which has been set up to assist people in Africa, Caribbean and Europe.  Bishop Powell currently serves as Vice Chair of Nehemiah UCHA a registered Social Landlord operating within the West Midlands.  

He is married to Delna Powell and they have two daughters Davinia and Marrielle.

Bishop Powell is a qualified Mechanical Engineer and Industrial Administrator with a degree in engineering, and masters in administration serving as senior project engineer for Dunlop Engineers Projects specialising in technological transfers to overseas factories and international project marketing.

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Paul SprayPaul Spray

Paul has been Policy and Campaigns Director of Traidcraft since March 2010.  From 1997 to 2010, he worked for DFID in a variety of roles, including leading the debt relief initiative, and heading departments responsible for Nigeria, for research funding, and most recently for Latin America and the Caribbean.

He was Policy and Campaigns Director for Christian Aid in the 1990s. He has also worked for the Catholic Institute of International Relations, and for the governments of Botswana and Lesotho. He was a Board member of CAFOD, and was awarded a papal knighthood for services to ecumenical relations.  He is a Methodist local preacher.

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Carla StentCarla Stent

Carla Stent, a chartered  accountant, was until very recently the Chief Operating Officer at Virgin Group. She has spent most of her UK career in a combination of the travel and banking industries and has operated at board level for many years.

She has also previously held the Chief Administrative Officer and deputy CFO role in the Chief Financial Office for the Global Retail and Commercial Bank at Barclays plc, (acting) Managing Director and COO role in Barclays Business Banking where she drove a large-scale reorganisation of the business model and significant strategic and organic growth.

She is a strong leader of people and has been described as a 'transforming visionary' in Business Women of the Year Awards. She is a trustee of Platform 51 (formerly YWCA) and is also a director of several start-up businesses.

She co-founded the Women of the Future Ambassador Programme and often speaks on women’s issues.

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Valerie TraoreValerie Traore

Valerie Traore joined Christian Aid in 2015; she is the Executive Director of Niyel, a Dakar based global campaigns, public affairs and advocacy firm. She has fifteen years of professional experience in campaigning and advocacy on a wide range of issues including human rights and rights based programming, development, human security and conflict, politics and international relations.

Prior to founding Niyel, Valerie was International Campaigner at ActionAid International, Pan African Program Manager at ACORD and Regional Communication Officer at Oxfam America.

Valerie studied communications and international relations at the University of Indianapolis as well as diplomacy and political strategies at the Centre d’Etudes Diplomatiques et Strategiques de Paris. She is fluent in English, French, Portuguese and Dioula. Valerie is from Burkina Faso and has worked in over 35 countries across four continents.

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Bishop Trevor WilliamsBishop Trevor Williams

Trevor Williams, Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, became Chair of Christian Aid Ireland in 2010. He was born in Dublin and ordained in the Diocese of Oxford but has worked for over 30 years in Northern Ireland.

Prior to being elected Bishop in 2008 he was Rector of Ballysillan and Ardoyne on North Belfast's Peace line. He has worked with BBC Northern Ireland in news, current affairs and religious programmes (1980-1988).

In 1993 Trevor was elected leader of Corrymeela, an ecumenical community committed to reconciliation in Northern Ireland (1993-2003). He continues to be involved in the work of reconciliation, inter-church and inter-faith relations, community development and communications.

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