Christian Aid policy chief becomes permanent CEO

Christian Aid has appointed its director policy, public affairs and campaigns Patrick Watt as its next chief executive.

He becomes CEO permanently after leading the charity on an interim basis following the departure of Amanda Khozi Mukwashi from the role last year.

Mukwashi stepped down to join the United Nations as its resident coordinator in Lesotho.

Watt joined Christian Aid three years ago and previously worked for Oxfam, Action Aid and Save the Children.

“Patrick has proven himself as a leader for both Christian Aid and the international development sector as a whole,” said Christian Aid chair Lord Bishop John Sentamu.
“I look forward to continuing to work with Patrick and everyone at Christian Aid in our mission to turn hunger into hope and eradicate extreme poverty across the globe.”

Watt added: “I feel enormously privileged to be given the opportunity to lead this great organisation on the next stage of its journey, in tackling the root causes of poverty and promoting dignity, equality, and justice.

“I look forward to working with our passionate and dedicated staff, supporters, partners, and sponsoring churches to realise our vision.

“We’re confronted by stark challenges: the economic fallout from COVID-19, the climate crisis, and the war in Ukraine are combining to push millions of people into poverty.

“Ending the injustice of extreme poverty requires fresh approaches that tackle inequality, strengthen people’s voice and confront abuses of power. I am excited by the opportunity to work as part of a wider movement for change.”

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