World Vision UK chief executive Justin Byworth to step down

Byworth, who joined the children's charity as a graduate trainee 26 years ago, says he will take some time out after his departure at the end of the year

Justin Byworth
Justin Byworth

Justin Byworth, chief executive of World Vision UK, is to step down at the end of the year after five years leading the children’s charity.

Byworth joined the charity, which works with children in the world’s poorest parts of the world, as a graduate trainee 26 years ago. He has worked in many countries and regions of the world, including Mauritania and Cambodia, where he led World Vision’s programmes for much of the 1990s.

He said in a statement that he was looking forward to taking some time out for "rest and renewal" before deciding his next career move. He said: "World Vision has an extraordinary impact on the lives of millions of the world’s most vulnerable children. It has been a privilege to lead the organisation through a time when our impact, influence and income have grown and deepened."

Tim Pilkington, World Vision UK’s finance and risk director, will take up the post of acting chief executive from January until a full-time replacement is found.

During Byworth’s time in charge, World Vision's income grew from £58m in 2009 to more than £70m in 2014.

Mark Sheard, chair of the board of World Vision UK, paid tribute to Byworth’s leadership. He said: "Under his leadership, we have seen World Vision make great progress, including income growth, enhanced influence in many of the places where the wellbeing of the world’s poorest children is decided, and a strengthened ability to evidence the real change for children that World Vision has been able to effect."

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