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
CEO OF WORLD VISION UKTim Pilkington
Tim was appointed Chief Executive at World Vision UK in 2015. Prior to that he had a broad career that started in teaching, then moved into finance at Arthur Andersen and Shell which included him becoming a chartered accountant, a chartered tax advisor and doing an MBA at London Business School.
Tim joined World Vision in 2013 as Director of Finance & Risk and Company Secretary – a move that allowed him to bring together skills, his Christian faith and his passion for making a difference in the lives of children.
Tim is married to Gail, with two teenage children and lives near Cambridge. He is an active member of his local church and serves on the committee of his local youth initiative.
Director of Finance & RiskPaul Wratten
Paul joined us in February 2016 following a long and successful career in the NHS, including over 15 years as an Executive Board Director. Paul trained in the NHS as an accountant and qualified in 1992.
He brings a broad range of skills and experience in finance, governance and risk management. Paul is committed in his leadership style to develop and bring out the very best in individuals and teams. Working at World Vision allows him to bring together his God-given talents with his desire to practically live out his faith and make a real difference in the world.
A big Arsenal fan and mountain lover, Paul lives in Marlow with his wife Anthea and their two teenagers, Jacob and Nimisha. He's been a committed member of River Church for the past 27 years.
Director of FundraisingGraeme Newton
Graeme Newton originates from New Zealand where he began his career in advertising and marketing. He joined World Vision New Zealand before transferring to World Vision UK in 2010, becoming Director of Fundraising in 2015.
Graeme is an energising leader who believes in the transformational power of fundraising. He is passionate about building strong teams and partnerships that change the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. With a Bachelor of Commerce and Management from Lincoln University, NZ, he feels privileged to align his professional skills with his Christian faith in his work.
Graeme lives in Woburn with his wife Susanna and children Charlie, Elsie and Flora. He is a keen runner and shares his love of skiing, cycling and water sports with his family.
Director of Marketing & CommunicationsSteve Wood
Steve Wood is the Director of Marketing & Communications for World Vision UK. He honed his marketing and communications skills across a range of roles - most notably as Global Marketing Manager for Diageo's prestigious collection of Single Malt Scotch Whiskies - before God called him to join World Vision UK in 2010.
Steve's dynamic and influential leadership has since helped the organisation to make significant steps forward in engaging new and existing audiences in its work.
Steve received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Central Lancashire and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Liverpool. A huge West Ham United fan, Steve lives in Newport Pagnell, is married to Natasha and has three children - Daniel, Sam and Georgia.
Director of Policy & ProgrammesDavid Westwood
David Westwood is an adaptable and skilled leader with extensive experience gleaned over 20 years in international development, humanitarian relief and advocacy, he’s worked for World Vision in the UK, Angola, Switzerland and Costa Rica. He believes passionately that real change for children demands strong and innovative local level programming that links local level advocacy with national and global policy change.
David has a Bachelor of Economic and Social Studies from the University of Wales and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.
David lives on the outskirts of Northampton with his wife Felicia and has three children, Sofia, Daniel and Emma. Raised the son of a Baptist minister, David has had a multi-denominational faith journey and currently attends the Central Vineyard Church in Northampton.Read less
Director of Strategy Realisation & ChangeJohn Greaves
Head of ICT & Operations
Head of Finance
Head of HR
Head of Humanitarian & Resilience
Head of Policy & Public Affairs
Head of Supporter Experience
Head of Programme Effectiveness & Country Engagement
Head of Strategic Delivery
Head of Christian Influence & Engagement
Head of Supporter Growth
Head of Grants
Head of Media & Communications
Head of philanthropy
Meet the World Vision Trustees
As charity trustees, our non-executive 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. Trustees normally serve for a maximum of nine years and are subject to re-election every three years.
Board 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: 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 is a committed Christian. She has been a member of Christ Church, Cheltenham, for the last ten years, and currently serves on the Church Council.
Anna joined the Board of World Vision UK in May 2008 and was appointed Chair of the Board in March 2015. Anna is also a member of the Organisational Effectiveness and Remuneration Committee, Policy and Programmes Committee and Board Development Committee.
Vice Chair – Linda Emery
Linda Emery is a senior HR leader with extensive experience in Talent Management, Recruitment and Diversity. She is currently Head of Student Recruitment at KPMG and recent roles have included Global Head of Talent Attraction, Diversity & Inclusion Director and Talent Director for BP and Unilever. She has also provided Human Resources consultancy to Save the Children.
Linda joined the Board of World Vision UK in February 2011 and was appointed Vice Chair of the Board in March 2015. Linda is also Chair of the Organisational Effectiveness and Remuneration Committee.
Linda is an active member of St Mary's Church of England Horsham, where she sings in the choir and serves as Stewardship coordinator.
Serena Brown leads KPMG’s Sustainable Development Goal work, within KPMG International’s Global Corporate Citizenship strategy. Serena is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, previously leading audit and advisory engagements for listed financial services companies in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong and Laos. She has also held leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector as Chief Executive of Trade Aid operating in Tanzania and then Country Director for Tearfund based in South Sudan and Kenya.
Serena joined the Board of World Vision UK in March 2016 and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Simon Burne is a fundraising and marketing specialist. Recent roles have included Fundraising Director at Kidney Research UK and a Sue Ryder Hospice and consultancy work with MHA. Simon’s previous roles include Director of Fundraising and Marketing at The Children’s Society, Senior Consultant with THINK Consulting Solutions, Director of Marketing and Fundraising at NCH and Director of Fundraising and Communications at Acorns Children’s Hospice. In addition, Simon has been involved in voluntary sector management, strategy and marketing for 26 years at Intermediate Technology, Relate and The Children’s Society.
Simon is qualified in Business Studies and Development Economics and has worked in the UK and extensively in Africa and Asia. He was Chair of the Institute of Fundraising from 2002 to 2005 and has written and talked extensively on marketing, PR and fundraising issues.
Simon is an active Christian, an elder and lay preacher in the United Reformed Church, a Street Pastor and a volunteer in a homeless shelter.
Simon joined the Board of World Vision UK in March 2016 and is a member of the Public Engagement Committee and Finance, Audit and Risk 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 as a Consultant for a number of development organisations and companies.
Jennifer's previous roles inlude Executive Director of SERVE Afghanistan, Executive Director of the United Mission to Nepal (both international Christian development organisations), 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 International Nepal Fellowship.
Jennifer joined the Board of World Vision UK in February 2011 and is the chair of the Policy and Programmes Committee.
Marie-Eve joined the Board of World Vision UK in November 2013 as World Vision International’s President’s representative. Before joining World Vision International in 2013 as Regional Leader for European Markets, Marie-Eve was Chief Executive of World Vision France (2005-2013). She was also responsible for leading the creation of World Vision France in 2003, as Marketing and Donor Relations Manager.
Marie-Eve has worked in various marketing and communication leadership roles – for both non-profit and for-profit organisations – where she been responsible for growth strategies across a number of European markets as well as developing multicultural projects in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
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 Policy & Programmes Committee and Organisational Effectiveness and Remuneration Committee.
Mark Parsons is Head of Regional Engagement, SME Banking at Natwest and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS). 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 Finance Audit and Risk Committee and member of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and Chair of the Board Development Committee.
David has been Rector of St Paul’s and St George’s Scottish Episcopal Church in Edinburgh since 2000, having joined the Church as Associate Rector in 1996. He was made an Honorary Canon in 2014. Before moving to Edinburgh, David worked as a curate in Solihull in Birmingham.
David was on the Board of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity for seven years and is currently a member of the UK Council for the Evangelical Alliance, the Scottish Executive for the Evangelical Alliance and Chair of Alpha Scotland.
David has many years’ experience of supporting World Vision, including two visits to our work in Kenya with people affected by HIV and Aids and, following these trips, he and his church created a DVD to help UK churches explore issues of justice, poverty and HIV.
David joined the Board of World Vision in September 2015 and is a member of the Public Engagement Committee. Alongside his usual Trustee duties, David has additional responsibilities to help the organisation network through the Christian community; express its Christian identity in word and action and encourage prayer, spiritual discernment, thinking and behaviour by the Board.
Andy Reed OBE is the Director of Sajelmpact Limited, a Christian writer, commentator and speaker, a Council member of the Evangelical Alliance and a former MP for Loughborough. Andy helped develop and now directs the International Sports Management MBA at Loughborough University and is Professor of Sport Policy and Development at Liverpool John Moores University.
Andy has a special interest in sports and health policy, international development and wellbeing issues and holds a wide range of interests and board positions in each area.
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.
Douglas is the Chief Executive of Scottish Water, a position he has held since 2013, having previously been Finance and Regulation Director for over ten years.
Douglas has been a member of St Paul’s & St George’s Church, Edinburgh for over 30 years and is a former Chair of the church Vestry.
Douglas joined the Board of World Vision UK in March 2017. He is Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Organisational Effectiveness and Remuneration 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."Read more
"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!"Read more
"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!"Read less
"My name is Andrea Sims. I live in Swadlincote where I serve the people of south Derbyshire as a Methodist minister."Read more
"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 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."Read less