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Friday, October 28, 2016
New director for CAFOD
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¬†The Catholic aid agency CAFOD announced today that Chris Bain has been appointed as its new director. Mr Bain, who is currently Head of Programmes for Asia, Pacific, Eastern Europe and Caribbean for Voluntary Service Overseas, will join CAFOD in June. Before joining VSO in 1996, Mr Bain was Head of Campaigns at Oxfam leading the department responsible for Oxfam's campaigns, development, education and regional fundraising. He has also worked for Christian Aid, leading a team of regional staff and volunteers in the London area. His original experience of international development began with his experience as a VSO volunteer in Fiji, where he stayed on to work with a house-building Trust founded by the Columbans. An active member of his local Catholic Church, Mr Bain is currently organising Scottish Cross, a Holy Week pilgrimage to Iona. The Chair of CAFOD's Board of Trustees, Bishop John Rawsthorne welcomed Mr Bain's appointment: "We are absolutely delighted that Chris has accepted the post of Director. His wealth of experience in many aspects of development work will be a great asset to CAFOD. While present director Julian Filochowski will be much missed and is going to be a hard act to follow, Chris has the skills to lead CAFOD into an exciting, challenging future." CAFOD's Deputy Director Pat Jones echoed Bishop Rawsthorne's welcome, adding: "CAFOD as an organisation is known for its dynamism, courage and clarity in working towards the eradication of global poverty. I am sure that Chris will reflect all those qualities and we look forward to working closely with him." Retiring director Julian Filochowski has held the post at CAFOD for 20 years and has seen the agency grow from a small organisation spending less than two million pounds a year on development projects overseas, to an organisation with an annual income of over £25 million. CAFOD is now one of the leading development agencies in the UK.
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