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.

Ruth Valerio

Ruth is Tearfund's Global Advocacy and Influencing Director. Her group mobilises churches around the world to tackle poverty and injustice by pushing for change at a governmental and institutional level. The Media Team and Global Volunteering Team also sit within the group, as does the vital theological work that underpins everything Tearfund does. She was previously Churches and Theology Director at A Rocha UK and she launched the Eco Church scheme. An in-demand speaker and author, Ruth lives in Chichester with her family, where she is a member of Revelation Church.

Karen Brown

Karen Brown was appointed as Director of People and Talent in February 2017. The 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 in organisational and leadership development roles. She was a Trustee of Retrak - a charity working with street children in East Africa - for 10 years. Karen is married to Andrew and worships at Neighbourhood Church, Beckenham.

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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