Tearfund Executive Team

Matthew Frost

Matthew Frost has been Chief Executive of Tearfund since October 2005. Previously he worked for DFES and McKinsey, where he specialised in strategy and organisational leadership. He has served overseas with Medair in a leadership capacity and set up their aid programme in Afghanistan. Matthew is married to Katharine, has four young children and is a member of Holy Trinity Church in Claygate, Surrey.

Jane Pleace

Jane is Tearfund's Global Fundraising Director and is responsible for raising the income that enables Tearfund to work with churches and partners in poor communities around the world. She has experience developing fundraising, communications and marketing strategies in the charity sector. Before joining Tearfund Jane led fundraising teams at charities including World Vision, Oxfam and United Bible Societies. She lives in Somerset and enjoys worshipping at Bath Abbey.

David Bainbridge

David Bainbridge has been the International Director since September 2010. He has been with Tearfund for ten years, previously serving as Disaster Management Director and leading Tearfund’s strategy of preparing for and responding to disasters. He lives in Whitton, Middlesex, with his wife Debbie and their two children and attends St Stephen’s church. Prior to joining Tearfund David worked for 13 years with Emmanuel International, both in their head office in Canada and on field assignments in Africa and the Caribbean.

David Westlake

David Westlake is Tearfund’s Integral Mission Director. He is responsible for Tearfund’s work to inspire and mobilise churches for integral mission through the Integral Mission Initiative and church mobilisation – both internationally and in the UK – and for Tearfund’s HIV and sexual-based violence work, the Inspired Individuals programme, and our programme of international volunteering and experience trips, Transform. He heads organisational spirituality within Tearfund and Tearfund's work in poorer communities in the UK. David directs Soul Action, is a member of the Hope leadership team and is a trustee of Soul Survivor. He's National Director of Serve and co-Chair of the Cinnamon Network. David is married to Minu and they have a daughter, Ellie.

Henrietta Blyth

Henrietta Blyth is the Director for People and Organisational Development. Before coming to Tearfund in March 2009 she worked for Christian Aid. She is an active member of St Mary’s Church, Bryanston Square, and also runs a home group. Henrietta lives in North London with her husband Richard.

Paul Cook

Paul Cook is Tearfund’s Advocacy Director and a member of the Senior Management Team. He oversees Tearfund’s policy research, lobbying and campaigning strategy. He also serves on the board of several charity coalitions, including Micah Challenge International. Paul was appointed Head of Public Policy at Tearfund in 2005, charged with leading the expanding Public Policy Team in the delivery of successful advocacy initiatives with, and on behalf of, poor communities around the world. Paul is married to Lisa and has three children.

Alison Hopkinson

Alison Hopkinson was appointed as Tearfund’s Finance and IT Director in September 2011. She has extensive experience of helping organisations to develop and deliver financial management and business strategies and comes to the international development sector with a extensive leadership experience gained in the commercial sector. Alison is an active member of River Church in Marlow. She is married to Peter and they have 2 children, 2 dogs and 6 chickens!

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