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.

Myles Harrison

Myles Harrison is the newly appointed International Director. Previously he was with World Vision where he served in various leadership capacities in programming and overseeing operations across the world. Myles is responsible for Tearfund’s work with partner-focussed and operational programmes. He provides leadership, strategic direction, financial and resource management for the International Group. Myles, his wife Lydia and their three boys are in the process of returning to the UK from their most recent assignment based in Australia.

Ian Causebrook

Ian is Director of Strategy & Impact. 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.

Sarah Buys

Sarah is the acting Global Advocacy and Influencing Director for Tearfund. The group works to mobilise churches around the world to become agents of change, to encourage and resource them to adopt a more holistic form of mission and build relationships with key policy-makers and opinion-shapers. She is married to Clark and lives in Kingston, where she is part of the leadership of KingsGate church.

Patrick Goh

Patrick Goh is Tearfund’s Head of Global HR and is currently also covering the role of Director of People and Talent. Patrick began his career with the foreign office of Singapore. After serving in the Singapore High Commission in London, he worked for British Airways as a HR Manager. Sensing a call to Christian ministry Patrick went on to become Director for Personnel and Development at the Church Mission Society before joining Tearfund in 2012. He is married to Sylvia and they have three children all of whom are currently at university. They worship at Mill Hill East Church in London.

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.