Having spent 22 years in the world of commercial insurance as a manager and client relationship director, I felt that I had a calling to give something back to society and so I decided to take a career change into the charity sector. After undertaking an excellent programme with the National Council of Voluntary Organisations called "Working for a Charity" I was blessed to be able to join ChildAid in July 2006 as Charity Manager.
In managing the direction of the charity and closely working with the Trustees I am involved in all aspects of strategy and operational matters, fundraising, review of the fantastic projects we are involved with, and general management stuff!
I was born in Ukraine and am a graduate of the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, as well as having a degree in Theology. I have knowledge and experience of developing various social projects in Ukraine and Russia. My role as Overseas Projects Manager is to provide the best support to our Partners.
Richie is originally from Dublin and has lived in the UK for the past year. Growing up he spent many years working with St Vincent de Paul through strong family ties. With a background in marketing, specialising in social media and online communication he works with ChildAid to spread the message of our work to the largest audience possible.
With 35 years’ experience working in publishing world, in 2010 I embraced redundancy and spent much of the following 5 years supporting parish based youth programmes and outreach initiatives within my local church. During this same period, taking advantage of my employment status, I travelled as a volunteer and have ministered in Kenya, Tanzania and NW India.
I continue to hold a Commission as a Diocesan Evangelist (Rochester) which has literally taken me from the streets of Kent to the slums of the Punjab and rubbish tips in Kenya; from hot dusty bandit country to the sublime and somewhat chilly slopes of Kilimanjaro. I have had the privilege to support the work of Compassion, Tearfund and ReSource, and look forward to the challenges and aspirations of working with ChildAid, our Partners, and most importantly our supporters.
Chair: Gordon Harris
Vice-Chair: Cedric Parrish
Remaining Board Members:
The Very Rev. John Arnold
The Revd Canon Dr. Gavin Ashenden (Chaplain to the Queen)
The Revd Canon Dr. Michael Bourdeaux
Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Rowell