Christine Allen has been appointed as the new director of Catholic international development charity CAFOD, and will be taking up her post in spring 2019.
The group’s current director, Chris Bain, will slightly delay his retirement until spring next year to enable a steady transition.
Allen has held leadership positions at two faith-based international development organisations for the last 17 years, most recently as the director of policy and public affairs for Christian Aid.
She was also international development charity Progressio’s executive director for 11 years from 2001-2012, and for 10 years worked in the area of housing, poverty and social exclusion in the UK as head of public affairs at the National Housing Federation and Education Department Coordinator at CHAS.
A statement by the group read: “[Allen] is a strategic leader whose vision, energy, deep-rooted faith and commitment to Catholic values make her specially placed to lead CAFOD’s journey over the coming years.”
Commenting on her appointment, Allen said: “I’m honoured and delighted to be appointed to this role at CAFOD. It feels like coming home. Working for CAFOD as a young campaigner, I discovered Catholic Social Teaching and was hugely inspired and influenced by a Church that took action for peace and justice.
“The need for global solidarity today is as great as ever. CAFOD, and its thousands of supporters, stands as a powerful witness of love in a world of greed and selfishness, as we seek to end the injustices of poverty, inequality and environmental exploitation. I am immensely proud of CAFOD, its work and its role in the global catholic family and I feel humbled to lead such an important agency of the church.”