Skills, experience and passion
World Vision UK employs over 200 people in the UK and over 45,000 across the globe. To achieve our vision of transforming the lives of millions of children living in the world’s hardest places, we harness the skills of professionals and volunteers from various backgrounds and with diverse experiences. Wherever our people come from and whatever they do, they have one thing in common and that’s passion and determination to change the lives of children for good.
Meet the World Vision Leadership team
Justin Byworth is Chief Executive at World Vision UK, overseeing strategy and leading the organisation in its mission of ‘inspiring the UK to take action to transform the lives of the world’s poorest children’. Justin has worked for World Vision for 25 years in Asia, Africa and the UK. Since joining in 1988 as World Vision UK’s first graduate trainee Justin has worked across the global World Vision partnership in fundraising, humanitarian emergencies, community development programmes, advocacy and leadership, including eight years in Cambodia.
Justin is passionate about human transformation and loves encountering this in the world’s toughest places, whether with the rich and powerful or with World Vision colleagues.
A graduate in ecology from University College, London, Justin is married with four children and lives near Oxford. He is an active member of his local church, keen mountain walker, runner, writer and football supporter.
Adrian Blair joined World Vision in January 2011 and has overall responsibility for People and Organisational Development, Strategic Delivery, IT and Operations, and Central Services.
He has extensive experience working in banking and financial services as well as in project and programme delivery. Adrian’s expertise in delivery management has enabled him to implement successful large-scale ICT projects, including online real-time banking systems, business transformation programmes and migration systems.
Adrian has worked in both the public and private sector, including appointments at Vangent Limited, Milton Keynes Council, Abbey National and Santander.
Adrian is married with two children and is actively involved with his local church, where he has previously been treasurer for the Missionary Support Group, and lead both Alpha courses and House Group. When time permits he enjoys arts and crafts, reading, and camping with his family.
Tim Pilkington joined World Vision UK as Director of Finance and Risk in January 2013 and is also Company Secretary. Tim sits on the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and is a Statutory Director of World Vision Trading.
Tim has enjoyed a successful and varied career in finance, gaining an MBA and training and working as a chartered accountant and tax advisor before being recruited by Shell. There, as Vice President Tax, Tim became very involved in leadership and change management across finance while having full responsibility for the global tax affairs of all Shell’s upstream businesses, typically paying US$20 billion of tax per year.
A qualified mathematics and sports science teacher, Tim also champions the development of young people and has been involved in setting up youth groups and coordinating youth ministries. From 2008 - 2012 Tim also volunteered at the charity More Than Gold, which coordinated the Christian work at the London 2012 Olympics, where he worked closely with the Operations Director and CEO on fundraising.
David Thomson is the Director of Policy and Programmes for World Vision UK. Demonstrating a strong track record in clear and effective leadership of people, programmes and strategy, David has been with World Vision since 2002; first as National Director in Armenia and then for three years as Director of Global Strategy for the World Vision Partnership.
David has worked in international relief and development for 20 years, working in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Kenya, Liberia, Russia, Sudan and Uganda with Medair, Merlin and Tearfund.
A holder of an MSc in Development Practice from Oxford Brookes University, David is married with three children. After relocating to the United Kingdom from the USA in 2009, the family now lives in Oxford.
Mathew leads the Public Engagement team which oversees our fundraising, our media engagement and our campaigning with the general public.
Mathew Neville joined the organisation in October 2007 from the telecoms industry - latterly at Orange where he led a marketing team. His background includes working in marketing and product development teams as well as in strategy and corporate finance, working on numerous acquisitions.
A graduate in English Literature from University College London, Mathew also completed an MBA in 2005 from Cranfield School of Management where he focused on marketing and leadership.
He is married to Cathy and they have three children.
Meet the World Vision Directors
As charity trustees, World Vision UK Directors receive no remuneration for their services, nor do they have any interest in the company’s contracts. The Board, which meets quarterly, is ultimately responsible for strategic decisions, having regard to advice from the Chief Executive and senior management. Directors normally serve for a maximum of nine years and are subject to re-election every three years.
Chair – Mark Sheard
Mark Sheard has enjoyed a successful career in advertising and marketing, creating one of the UK’s most successful marketing communications businesses before merging it into a multinational group in 2000. He has worked on fundraising strategies with a number of leading voluntary sector organisations. In 2001 Mark founded the Whatnext? Consultancy to provide marketing and corporate development advice to commercial and ethical organisations.
Mark currently chairs the Board of Uganda Development Services, a Christian charity promoting development in rural communities in East Africa. He joined the Board of World Vision in January 2007 and was appointed Chair of the Board in February 2011. Mark is a member of the Finance Audit and Risk Committee, Public Engagement Committee and Board Development Committee.
Vice Chair – Anna Laszlo
Anna Laszlo has extensive experience of international development from her previous career with the UK government’s Department for International Development. Roles with the Department included: Deputy Director (Strategy), South Asia Division; Head of the joint FCO/DFID Sudan Unit; Principal Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for International Development and Head of Office in Mozambique. She now works as an independent coach and facilitator.
Anna joined the Board of World Vision UK in May 2008. Anna is Chair of the Board Development Committee and a member of both the Organisational Effectiveness and Remuneration Committee and the Policy and Programmes Committee.
Jennifer Collins has held a variety of leadership and management roles in the charitable and public health sectors and in development consultancy in Asia and Africa. Currently, Jennifer is working in Afghanistan as the Executive Director of SERVE Afghanistan, a Christian development organisation involved in working with people with disability, focusing on inclusion, community development and preventative public health education.
Previous roles include Executive Director of the United Mission to Nepal, an international Christian development organisation, International Director at Tearfund UK and Director of Therapy Services at Royal Free Hospital, London. Jennifer also acts as Trustee for a number of organisations, including the Micah Network.
Jennifer joined the Board of World Vision UK in February 2011 and is a member of the Policy and Programmes Committee.
Valerie Dias is Executive Vice President and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer for Visa Europe with responsibility for corporate risk compliance and a variety of corporate services. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants and a trustee of HTI (Heads, Teachers and Industry).
Valerie joined the Board of World Vision UK in April 2007 and is a member of the Finance Audit and Risk Committee and the Organisational Effectiveness and Remuneration Committee.
Linda Emery is Diversity and Inclusion Director at BP, responsible for attracting and developing talent, driving diversity and inclusion across all BP businesses in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Her career has included roles as Talent Director, Diversity Director and Strategic Planning Manager with Unilever businesses and Linda has provided Human Resources consultancy to Save the Children.
Linda joined the Board of World Vision UK in February 2011. Linda serves as Chair of the Organisational Effectiveness and Remuneration Committee and is a member of the Board Development Committee.
Richard Izard is Chief Executive of Organic leadership, a niche leadership development and executive coaching consultancy, and he has a passion for individual, team and organisational transformation.
Previously Richard has been Managing Director of a retail business and held board positions in sales, marketing, commercial and finance. His commercial experience spans sectors including banking, retail, music, film, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and engineering, and he is also a qualified accountant.
Richard joined the Board of World Vision UK in May 2011 and is a member of the Public Engagement Committee and Policy and Programmes Committee.
Kevin Jenkins became President and Chief Executive Officer of World Vision International in October 2009, following a successful career in airline, technology and investment businesses. Travelling extensively as World Vision International President, Kevin spends time in communities with children, families and staff in many of the countries where World Vision works.
Based at World Vision International’s Global Centre Executive Office in Uxbridge, UK, Kevin is a member of a number of global organisations that pursue practical, sustainable health improvements for the world’s most vulnerable women and children, the increased effectiveness of civil society and excellence in governance. He is an ex officio member of the Board of World Vision UK.
Keith Malcouronne is Managing Partner of Financial Professional & Strategy Services LLP, a Christian-led Chartered Accountancy and business consulting group with teams in the UK and India. Keith is a non-executive director on the Boards of other businesses including BC technologies LLP and The Specialist Washing Company Limited.
Keith also serves on the Boards of a number of charities including the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, Guildford Diocesan Board of Finance (Vice Chair) and the Audit Committee of the Church of England Archbishops’ Council (Vice Chair).
Keith joined the Board of World Vision UK in April 2007 and serves as Chair of the Finance Audit and Risk Committee and is a member of the Organisational Effectiveness and Remuneration Committee.
Mark Parsons is Senior Public Affairs Manager at the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. He has held a number of public affairs roles including Head of Corporate Banking Public Affairs at RBS and Public Affairs Policy Advisor at the London Stock Exchange Plc.
Prior to this, Mark was a Parliamentary Adviser to William Hague MP and Head of the Political Section at Conservative Central Office.
He has a background in International development policy having been an adviser to the Shadow Secretary of State for International Development between 1999-2001.
Mark joined the Board of World Vision UK in February 2012 and is a member of the Public Engagement Committee.
Stephen Phelps is a Chartered Accountant and worked for 21 years with KPMG, including 10 years as an Audit Partner in their Hong Kong Office with responsibility for auditing a range of multinational and national companies.
Steve has acted as Trustee for a number of charities. He joined the Board of World Vision UK in 2002 serving as Chair of the Board from 2007 to 2011 and is a member of the Board Development Committee. Steve is also a member of the Board of World Vision International and chairs its Audit and Risk Management Committee.
Andy Reed is the Director of Sajelmpact Limited, a Christian writer and speaker, a Council member of the Evangelical Alliance and a former MP for Loughborough. He has a special interest in sports policy, international development and wellbeing issues.
Andy joined the Board of World Vision UK in February 2012 and is a member of the Policy and Programmes Committee.
Julian Thomas is a director of Oxford Strategic Marketing, a consultancy specialising in marketing strategy and capability development for global multinationals and social marketing in the public sector.
He has worked as a consultant across a large number of industries, in particular healthcare and pharmaceuticals. Previously he worked in marketing for Procter & Gamble.
Julian joined the Board of World Vision UK in May 2011 and serves as Chair of the Public Engagement Committee. He is also a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Meet some World Vision ambassadors
“I am Amanda Bausor and I live in Buckinghamshire. Our family’s 28 years of child sponsorship with World Vision have brought us friendships across the world.
“In 2007, with World Vision’s help, I visited our sponsored boy, Wasim, in his village in rural Bangladesh, where I witnessed the life-changing results of World Vision’s work. I saw how sustainable activities in farming, education, sanitation and health transform the lives of people in these poor communities.
“My respect for World Vision’s dedicated staff inspired me to become an Ambassador. I want to support all they achieve against all odds. I have enjoyed talking about World Vision to ‘Talking Books’, a nursery school and an on-line plant nursery, Plantify.”
“My name is Evonne Porteous and I live on the west coast of Scotland in the county of Renfrewshire with my husband and two dogs! I have been a World Vision sponsor for 10 years, sponsoring a little boy in Kodumela, South Africa.
“I became a World Vision ambassador in 2012 and decided that my first port of call to spread the World Vision word would be through family and friends. At a family get together I showed a few videos and spoke about the difference sponsorship makes in children’s lives.
“I also encourage friends to look online at World Vision’s work on Twitter and Facebook. Within a month or so I had found sponsors for five children! It is true what they say: charity does begin at home!”
Find more about World Vision ambassadors and how you can become one here.
“My name is Andrea Sims. I live in Swadlincote where I serve the people of south Derbyshire as a Methodist minister.
“In June 2012, World Vision UK invited me to become an ambassador. Have sponsored children for ten years and having visited one of them – Aurela in Albania – I was delighted to accept and do more for World Vision.
“Last November, we transformed one of our churches into a ‘chicken shed’ to promote and sell gifts from the ‘must have gifts’ catalogue www.musthavegifts.org and in spring 2013, my colleagues and I encouraged our local community to support the IF campaign in the run up to the G8 summit in June 2103.”