New Year honour for CAFOD's former director

 Julian Filochowski the former director of CAFOD has been awarded a CMG (Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George) in the Queen's New Year Honours List. Mr. Filochowski stood down as director in June last year after 21 years at the helm. During that time he led the agency through a period of massive growth, which saw its annual income rise from less than two million pounds to over 25 million. Through his leadership CAFOD developed from a small organisation into one of the UK's leading development agencies. Bishop John Rawsthorne, Chairman of CAFOD's Trustees, said: "I am delighted that Julian has been recognised in this way but I don't think the award is just for the 21 amazing years he gave to CAFOD. It also acknowledges his enormous contribution to international development both at home and overseas." Mr Filochowski, 56, lives in East London and joined CAFOD after working in Latin America and for the Catholic Institute for International Development (CIIR) in the UK. While Director of CAFOD he travelled to over 40 countries outside Europe and played a major role in many international Catholic networks. "The award has been given to me but it is recognition that CAFOD is a major development agency standing alongside the poor and hungry. It is a tribute to CAFOD's work, to its unswerving solidarity and the enduring partnerships that it has built up all over the world in the last twenty years. CAFOD has become one embodiment of the preferential option for the poor of the Church in England and Wales", said Mr Filochowski. "I am also delighted that my friend and colleague Hany El Banna, the founder of Islamic Relief has been has been honoured in this list, as one of my proudest achievements has been to build a partnership between CAFOD and Islamic Relief: he added. Dr. Hany El Banna received an OBE in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas list. Mr. Filochowski who is currently working as a consultant for Caritas Europa, the Catholic network of aid agencies in Europe, was awarded an OBE in 1998 for services to International Development.

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