Tearfund Ambassadors

These are a small group of high-profile supporters who use their platform to raise awareness of Tearfund’s work. Our Ambassadors commit to helping us achieve our goals by supporting campaigns, fundraising and events.

Tearfund Executive Team

These are Tearfund’s most senior staff members who provide strategic and operational leadership. They set goals, develop our strategy and ensure it is executed effectively.

Nigel Harris

Chief Executive

Nigel became Tearfund’s chief executive in November 2015. Previously, he was chief executive of Farm Africa, a rural development NGO focused on east Africa. Before that he was chief of staff at Save the Children UK. Nigel is married to Teresa and they have two children. He is an active member of St Michael's Church, Southfields in London.

Jane Pleace

Global Fundraising Director

Bringing her experience of developing fundraising and communications strategies, Jane is responsible for raising the income that enables Tearfund to work with churches and partners in poor communities around the world. 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

International Director

Previously, Myles 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 Tearfund’s International Group. He attends a local church with his family.

Ruth Valerio

Global Advocacy and Influencing Director

Ruth’s group mobilises churches around the world to tackle poverty and injustice by pushing for change at a governmental and institutional level. She was previously Churches and Theology Director at A Rocha UK. An in-demand speaker and author, Ruth lives in Chichester with her family and is a member of Revelation Church.

Karen Brown

Director of People and Talent

Joining Tearfund in February 2017, Karen’s role includes oversight across HR, talent management and learning and development. Karen spent the majority of her career at PWC, the professional services firm, and has also worked at HSBC plc and Prudential plc. Karen is married to Andrew and worships at Neighbourhood Church, Beckenham.

Catriona Dejean

Director of Strategy and Impact

Catriona previously headed up the Impact and Effectiveness Team at Tearfund. Before this, she was a consultant in the social enterprise sector, providing advice to UK and international clients. She has also worked for World Vision on strategy and development programmes. Catriona and her husband worship at Trinity Church in Lewes.

Nigel Gavin

Director of Finance

Previously, Nigel was Director of Financial Governance with Save the Children International. For some of 2017 he was based in Dakar, Senegal. Nigel has also had financial and commercial leadership roles within an international energy company. He is married to Claudine, has three children and attends St Nicholas' Church in Sevenoaks.

Board Of Trustee Directors

Tearfund relies on the counsel of our board members, who come from a range of backgrounds and share our passion for seeing people released from material and spiritual poverty wherever we work.

Anna Laszlo

Chair of the Board

For more than fourteen years, Anna was a civil servant in the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including posts in Zimbabwe and Mozambique. She is married to David, they have six children. They worship at Christ Church, Cheltenham, where Anna also holds the role of Team Leader for Youth and Children’s Work.

Stephanie Biden

Chair of the Safeguarding Committee and Member of the Audit Risk and Finance committee

Stephanie is a partner in the charity and social enterprise team at Bates Wells, one of the leading law firms in the UK advising NGOs. She has extensive experience as a charity trustee, having served on the boards of a range of organisations, from small start-ups to larger Christian charities and mission agencies, such as Stewardship and OMF International (UK).

Jayakumar Christian

Jayakumar is well known for his 30-year involvement with World Vision. He was National Director for World Vision India for eleven years, before becoming World Vision's global Partnership Leader for Faith and Development from 2015 to 2017. He is the author of the book God of the Empty-handed and many articles related to poverty, urban missions, powerlessness, leadership and integrity. He has also taught in a number of theological seminaries. Jayakumar and his wife Vidhya are based in Chennai (India) and worship in Emmanuel Methodist Church. 

Ian Curtis

Ian spent 17 years overseas in Kenya, Nepal, Mozambique, India and most recently (until May 2015) in South Sudan. This included almost 20 years with the Department for International Development – at country level and also in Whitehall, ultimately as a senior civil servant. Ian and his wife Marian live in Wiltshire and are active in their local rural parish. They have three adult children and eight grandchildren.

John Davidson

John has more than 30 years of practice in international corporate and commercial law, including 15 years as a partner in Hogan Lovells, and ten years as a member of the group executive committee of SABMiller plc. John is currently Chair of The MacDaibhidh Charitable Trust and a trustee of the Tisbury Telegraph Trust. He and his wife have been financial supporters of Tearfund for more than 30 years.

Bishop Harold Miller

The Right Revd Harold Miller has been a Bishop in the Church of Ireland since 1997. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, and St John's College, Nottingham. He has been involved with Tearfund since its inception and was part of the Northern Ireland Advisory Committee for more than twelve years. He is married to Liz and they have four grown up children and three granddaughters.

Sally Jones-Evans

Chair of the International Committee

Sally enjoyed a 30 year career in retail banking. During a career break, she had two life changing assignments including volunteering in Tanzania with Tearfund, which led to a Masters in International Development. Since then she has joined the Board of the Department for International Development as a non-executive member. She is also a Non Executive Director on the boards of the Principality Building Society, Hafren Dyfrydwy Ltd (a Welsh water company, part of the Severn Trent Group), Saga Services Ltd (the Insurance broking part of the Saga Group), and Delio Ltd (a new fintech company).

Rosemary Nuamah Williams

Rosemary has had a career in international policy, analysis and advocacy for more than fifteen years. With degrees in British Politics and International Relations, she has worked at both national and international level on development and foreign policy issues. She also serves as a trustee for two other Christian-based charities. Founder at Rosebrook Advisory, Rosemary is currently an International Policy Consultant and Career Coach.

Harry Phinda

With a background in International Relations, Harry has worked as a Policy Advisor to the UK Government, Parliament and numerous international organisations. Harry served on the UNICEF UK board for eight years as their special advisor on youth. He is a co-founder of Youth for Change, a global youth advocacy organisation which tackles Female Genital Mutilation and Early Forced Marriage. Harry and his wife are members of Hillsong Church in Croydon and play an active role in the leadership team.

John Shaw


John is a finance professional with more than 35-years experience in the public and charity sectors. He became Oxfam’s Finance and IS Director in 2005 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. John is married to Elizabeth and they have two grown up daughters, Katy and Helen. They live in Wendover, Buckinghamshire, and he and Elizabeth are members of Wendover Free Church.

David Wesson

Chair of the Global Fundraising Committee

David is Managing Director of the Legatum Institute. He has worked in the private sector for most of his career, where his roles focused on brand, marketing and customer experience, including as Trading Director for Virgin Retail. David has also served as the CEO of City Gateway, a non-profit organisation, and he remains on their Board also. David attends St Luke's church in Kentish Town with his wife Fatima and three young children.