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New Trustee Directors Announced at Tearfund

13 Sep 2017

Tearfund has announced the appointment of six new Trustee Directors.

They join the Board which oversees the work of the Christian charity, which operates in more than 50 countries across the world.

The six new members were selected after an extensive process and they bring skills and knowledge from the worlds of international development, business, law and church leadership.

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Clive Mather said: “I was delighted to receive so many strong applications and I am thrilled with our new board members who bring so much experience and connections to Tearfund.”

“Each of them has skills and talents that will be invaluable to the Board of Trustees and I am thrilled to see the passion they have for the work Tearfund is doing.”

Bishop Anthony Poggo takes up a place on the Board of Trustees alongside his work as adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury on Anglican Communion Affairs based in London. He was previously the Bishop in the Diocese of Kajo-Keji in South Sudan and a partner with Tearfund for many years.

A supporter of Tearfund throughout her working life, Stephanie Biden joins the trustees from a background in law and is currently a partner at Bates Wells Braithwaite, one of the leading law firms in the UK advising NGOs and charities.

John Davidson also brings senior legal experience to the board after more than 30 years working in international corporate and commercial law. He also brings non-executive experience on the boards of business and charities. He and his wife have been supporting Tearfund for three decades.

A passion for the work being done by Tearfund’s self-help groups in places like Ethiopia led to Phil Loney becoming progressively more involved in Tearfund’s work. He joins the trustees after a career holding executive roles at companies including Axa, Aviva, Saga Services and Lloyds Bank. He’s currently the Group Chief Executive of the Royal London Group.

Rosemary Nuamah Williams brings an extensive career in international politics and policy to the trustees. She has worked across the world and had a policy role in a group created by Nelson Mandela to work on peacebuilding and human rights. She has important experience of advocacy and development and degrees in British Politics and International Relations.

After a 30 year long executive career in retail banking Sally Jones-Evans volunteered with Tearfund and another NGO in Tanzania. Whilst there she felt a calling to build a new career tackling injustice in the developing world. She went on to do a Masters in International Development and is on the Board of the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFiD) as a non-executive member. She will take up the role at the start of 2018.

Clive Mather added: “Our new trustees join Tearfund at a very exciting time and I’m confident they will play a key role as we continues to tackle poverty and follow Jesus where the need is greatest.”


Notes for Editors

  • For more information please contact Tearfund’s media team: Sarah Greenwood on 020 3906 3131 or email [email protected]. Out of hours, please contact 07710 573749. 
  • The new trustees will be confirmed at the Tearfund AGM on 27th September. The six new Trustees have been recruited due to several other Trustees coming to the end of their term serving on Tearfund’s Board. 
  • Pictures of each of the new members can be found on dropbox here: 
  • Tearfund is a Christian relief and development agency and a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee 
  • Other members of the Board are John Shaw, Craig Rowland, Deepak Mahtani, Jill Garner, Mark Melluish, Stephanie Heald, Bishop Harold Miller and Ian Curtis.

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