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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.