Two share top job at Tearfund Wales

Christian relief and development charity Tearfund has appointed two people to manage its Welsh operations in a job-share arrangement.

Miriam Evans and Hywel Meredydd will each work three days a week at Tearfund Wales’s new office in Bangor. Evans has been acting manager since Siôn Meredith left last year to take up a new role with the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Meredydd was formerly the charity’s chair.

Meredydd said that both had applied for the job on a full-time basis, but it had been suggested to them that they share the job after both had expressed an interest in doing so.

“We both have different and complementary backgrounds,” he said. “Miriam has a lot of experience of volunteering and she will oversee our 180 volunteers. I am a church minister and will be responsible for working with churches.”

Evans said communication would be the key to making the job-share work. “It’s something we are going to have to work on,” she said. “It’s a very flexible job which takes us out and about in Wales quite a lot. We’ll have a catch-up meeting every week and make sure we communicate with each other.”

The charity’s chair, Revd Elfed Godding, said: “Hywel and Miriam bring to Tearfund Wales an excellent complementary blend of gifts, expertise and experience of working with and on behalf of the poor.”

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