One of the UK’s foremost aid charities working for the eradication of poverty in the world, has announced that its new Head in Wales is Huw Thomas. His responsibilities at Christian Aid will include providing leadership to the team in Wales, developing and implementing key policies and contributing to the organisation’s strategic vision.
Welcoming the appointment, Bishop John Davies, Chair of Christian Aid Wales’ National Committee, said,
“Huw brings with him a wealth of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors and has a strong commitment and track record of working for social justice and the tackling of inequality. We are fortunate in Wales to have a hugely dedicated team in place, and Huw’s appointment will significantly strengthen our presence and allow us to deliver effectively as we work towards eradicating poverty.”
A fluent Welsh speaker, born and raised in Aberystwyth, Huw graduated in music from Oxford University and then completed a Masters in International Relations at Aberystwyth University.
He now lives in Cardiff and until recently was Project Manager with environmental charity Sustrans, having previously worked for Airbus. He is a Cardiff County Councillor and stood as a candidate in the recent General Election.
Huw joins the charity in its 70th anniversary year and he is eager to build on the strong platform already in place,
“I feel incredibly privileged to be given the opportunity to lead Christian Aid’s work in Wales. There is a strong, deep rooted tradition in Wales of supporting Christian Aid’s core values, and promoting its activities, and I look forward to working with the team in this very special year. The continued presence of injustice and abject poverty in our world is an affront to us all, but Christian Aid, throughout its history, has shown how we can all make a real difference and impact positively on people’s lives.
“That’s why I am determined to strengthen and further develop our work in Wales, drawing on the commitment and support of our talented staff, our dedicated volunteers, and our amazing supporters.”
Christian Aid works with churches, communities, schools, youth organisations and individuals in Wales to combat global inequality across Africa, Asia and Latin America. This year’s recently held Christian Aid Week, Britain’s longest running door-to-door fundraising week, asked the British public to support women living in poverty around the world who are discriminated against from birth.