Tearfund Executive Team

Nigel Harris

Nigel became Tearfund’s chief executive in November 2015. Previously, he was chief executive of Farm Africa, a long-term rural development NGO focused on east Africa, and before that was chief of staff at Save the Children UK. He has worked as a consultant for the Department for International Development and Tearfund, and was previously a trustee of Medair. From 2004 to 2008, Nigel was the chief executive of New Philanthropy Capital, the charitable think tank. He spent the earlier part of his career as an investment banker for Schroders. Nigel is married to Teresa, they have two children, both students and is an active member of St Michael's Church, Southfields, London.

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 one of Tearfund's International Directors, responsible for Global Programmes. Tearfund's Global programmes include Advocacy, Media, Network Engagement, International Communications, Global Volunteering and developing approaches to be used by Tearfund to tackle Sexual and Gender based Violence and to enhance Peace-building. David has a number of other roles externally, including being the director of Soul Action, a member of the Hope leadership team, a trustee of Soul Survivor, National Director of Serve, Co-Chair of the Cinnamon Network and he is a board member of Micah Global. David is married to Minu and they have a daughter, Ellie.



Ian is Acting Director of People and Organisational Development.  He has worked in strategy and change for Tearfund since 2004 and prior to that in the commercial sector.  He worships at Bookham Baptist Church and is married to Kathryn, with two teenage children.


Nick chinnery

Nick was appointed as Tearfund's Finance and IT Director in January 2016.  He joined the Tearfund finance team in 2014 and is passionate about understanding how Tearfund can use its resources most effectively. Previously he was a finance director in retail following a period in audit with KPMG. Nick lives in Somerset and worships at Welton Baptist Church.  He is married to Gemma and they have three children.




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