Dr Rowan Williams became chair of the Christian Aid board on 1 May 2013, after stepping down as Archbishop of Canterbury the year before.

Dr Williams, who was appointed Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, in early 2013, was educated at Dynevor Secondary Grammar School in Swansea, before heading to Cambridge University in 1968. 

He studied for his doctorate, on the Russian Orthodox theologian Vladimir Lossky, at Christ Church and Wadham College, Oxford. 

He began his career as a lecturer at Mirfield (1975-1977), before returning to Cambridge as Tutor and Director of Studies at Westcott House. After his ordination in Ely Cathedral, and serving as Honorary Assistant Priest at St George's, Chesterton, he was appointed to a university lectureship in divinity.

In 1984, he was elected a Fellow and Dean of Clare College. During his time at Clare, he was arrested and fined for singing psalms as part of the CND protest at Lakenheath air base. Then, still only 36, it was back to Oxford as Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity for six years, before becoming Bishop of Monmouth from 1991-1999, and Archbishop of Wales from 2000.

He was awarded the Oxford higher degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1989, an honorary DCL degree in 2005, and an honorary DD from Cambridge in 2006. He holds honorary doctorates from more than a dozen other universities and is Fellow of the British Academy. 

Dr Williams is a noted poet and translator of poetry, and, apart from Welsh, speaks or reads nine other languages.