Patrick Watt is currently acting as interim CEO for Christian Aid, while the trustees make a decision on a permanent appointment.
Prior to this, he was Policy and Campaigns Director, responsible for leading Christian Aid’s influencing, mobilisation, and research and evidence in the UK and internationally, on issues of economic, environmental and social justice. The Policy, Public Affairs and Campaigns department works with Christian Aid supporters and partners, to create public pressure for political change, shape policy, and create platforms where people in poverty are listened to and can claim their rights.
Patrick has widespread experience of working in development and humanitarian organisations, including Oxfam, ActionAid and Save the Children, on education, global health, aid policy, and debt and trade. He has engaged extensively with the UN, EU, and African Union, as well as with UK government and parliament.
He is committed to Christian Aid’s strategy of using prophetic voice to confront injustice, and of working with churches to achieve lasting change. He has degrees in Theology, from the University of Cambridge, and in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He is married, and has three children.