Christian Aid appoints new chief executive

Patrick Watt has been the charity's interim chief since December and its director of policy, public affairs and campaigns since 2019

Patrick Watt
Patrick Watt

Christian Aid has appointed its interim chief executive to the permanent role. 

Patrick Watt, who was the charity’s director of policy, public affairs and campaigns, was appointed its interim head when Amanda Khozi Mukwashi stepped down in December to join the United Nations as resident coordinator in Lesotho . 

Watt, who joined Christian Aid in 2019, has previously worked for a range of development charities including Save the Children International, Save the Children UK, World Vision, ActionAid and Oxfam. 

Christian Aid said it had gone through an extensive process for Watt’s appointment, including working with the executive search firm Perrett Laver. 

“We had a large number of diverse applicants both from within and outside the development sector and followed a consistent and robust selection process, underpinned by our values, which involved both individual and panel interviews,” a spokesperson for the charity said. 

“After shortlisting several highly credible candidates, we offered the position to Patrick Watt.”

Lord Bishop John Sentamu, chair of Christian Aid, said: “Patrick has proven himself as a leader for both Christian Aid and the international development sector as a whole. 

“I look forward to continuing to work with Patrick and everyone at Christian Aid in our mission to turn hunger into hope and eradicate extreme poverty across the globe.” 

Watt said: “I feel enormously privileged to be given the opportunity to lead this great organisation on the next stage of its journey, in tackling the root causes of poverty and promoting dignity, equality, and justice. 

“We’re confronted by stark challenges: the economic fallout from Covid-19, the climate crisis, and the war in Ukraine are combining to push millions of people into poverty.   

“Ending the injustice of extreme poverty requires fresh approaches that tackle inequality, strengthen people’s voice and confront abuses of power. I am excited by the opportunity to work as part of a wider movement for change.”

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