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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

..Rowan Williams.................................................................................................

 Dr 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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Hazel BairdHazel Baird

 Hazel was appointed to the Christian Aid board in 2016. She has recently retired from a career in health and social care in Northern Ireland where she practiced as a nurse, midwife and health visitor before moving into management in 1991. 

For 16 years Hazel has held senior management posts with lead responsibility for developing and implementing systems for integrated governance in very large, complex organisations. From 1995 to 2005 she was an Executive Director of a large Community Health and Social Care trust with board level responsibility for governance and quality. In 2004 Hazel was appointed as a professional Non-Executive Director to the Northern Ireland Practice Education Council for Nurses and Midwives (NIPEC); she served for the maximum period of 8 years and during the last 4 years was made chair of the Audit and Finance Committee. 

Hazel is a member of the Methodist Church in Ireland and serves as Lay Secretary of the Church's Council on Social Responsibility. She is married with three adult children and three grandchildren.

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Helene Bradley-RittHelene Bradley-Ritt

 Helene Bradley-Ritt is Managing Director of Boudica & Eir, an innovative engagement, development and coaching company that helps people and organisations to flourish, by transforming the quality of colleague and community engagement. 

Through Boudica & Eir, Helene also helps mothers going through permanent relationship breakdown, so that they restore their wellbeing more swiftly and actually boost their full societal contribution.  This support can include working with line managers and colleagues of a woman embarking on the journey of single motherhood, so that they emerge as a stronger and more effective team, with enhanced leadership capabilities.

Prior to Boudica & Eir, Helene has spent her 25 year career working with the BBC, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Unilever and Brakes Group, leading corporate communication, change and CSR agendas in markets including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. 

She has a MBA from the University of Bradford, is a qualified Broadcast Journalist with City University and has a BA Hons in Sociology from the University of Warwick.

Helene also sits on the Corporate Advisory Board of the Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

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Alexis ChapmanAlexis Chapman

Alexis has more than 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector in the UK. She is a qualified accountant and works as a consultant and coach.

Her focus on international NGOs began with Save the Children UK, where she was Finance Director and then Marketing Director. More recently she has held a number of interim roles, specialising in building teams through coaching and providing support to change management. She has also contributed to the sector through various non-executive roles. 

She is currently the Chair of The Border Consortium, a Christian Aid partner working with the displaced people of South East Burma; she is also a member of the Finance and Risk committee at Comic Relief and sits on the board of Christian Aid Ireland.

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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.

Jennifer joined the Royal Society as Director of Development in 2013.

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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 is Christian Aid's Vice Chair and she also chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. She has been involved in international aid as a non-executive for 15 years. She has been deputy chair of Save the Children and deputy chair of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).

Victoria was a chief executive in the National Health Service and has experience of chairing all the major board committees including Audit, and Nominations within the international aid setting. Victoria has also been a non-executive director in other fields, including the HMS Victory Charitable Trust and the Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth.  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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Mukami McCrumMukami McCrum

Mukami McCrum is a Kenyan who has lived in Scotland most of her adult life. She previously worked as a teacher in Kenya, as equality officer in local government, as CEO of a racial equality organisation in Central Scotland and finally as policy manager in the Equality Unit of the Scottish Government.

She is currently the chair and founder member of Kenyan Women in Scotland Association (KWISA). She has contributed significantly by serving as a trustee and as a board member on committees and by serving on advisory forums of many local, national and international secular and religious organisations.

She is a relentless campaigner on eradication of poverty and for development in Africa, against all forms of gender based discrimination, violence against women and girls, and Harmful Traditional Practices especially FGM. She has travelled widely and has gained a great deal of knowledge, experience and a wide network of friends, colleagues and activists.

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Mervyn McCullaghMervyn McCullagh

Mervyn McCullagh is a strategy and partnership consultant with the National Christian Council of Sri Lanka and a mission partner of the Methodist Church in Great Britain and Ireland. He is the former executive officer of the Irish Council of Churches and the Irish Inter-Church Meeting and worked for the Presbyterian Church of Ireland in Indonesia for 11 years, latterly as a consultant for church management and development.

He has extensive experience of enabling and sustaining effective networks of collaboration with churches and civil society, both nationally and internationally, in areas including peace and reconciliation, ministry and mission, development, communications and dialogues with civil society and government. He has worked in a wide range of sectors, with a variety of national and international partners.

He is a former trustee of Christian Aid Ireland, a graduate of Trinity College and was brought up in Dublin. His father was one of three founding members of Christian Aid in Ireland.

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Alan McDonaldThe Very Reverend Dr Alan D McDonald

Alan McDonald has been a Parish Minister since 1979, working with congregations in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and St Andrews. He was the Convener of the Church and Nation Committee.

In 2006, he was elected as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Before becoming a Minister he practised Law.

Since 1977, he has been actively involved with Christian Aid at the grass roots.

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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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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 retired as Policy and Programmes Director of Traidcraft in 2014, and now is a development consultant and chair of the board of the Fair Trade Advocacy Office in Brussels. 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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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, former 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). He retired as Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe in 2014.

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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