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Christian Aid appoints new Policy Head

March 23 2012 - Christian Aid has appointed a new associate director to run its newly created Policy and Public Affairs Department. Christine Allen, currently Chief Executive of international development agency Progressio, will join the organisation in June.

Announcing the appointment, Christian Aid director Loretta Minghella said today: ‘Christine has a strong track record in organisational leadership and management in the international development sector and a reputation for effective representation of her agency at the highest levels.

‘Her career demonstrates her consistent passion for working with and for poor and marginalised people. Christine has a public affairs background and this, alongside her particular experience of embedding integrated policy and programmatic work, will be immensely valuable as she sets about establishing the new Department.’

Speaking of the news of her appointment, Christine said: ‘I greatly look forward to joining Christian Aid. It's a well-respected and effective organisation and one that I know from my own experience takes its work with partner organisations in the developing world seriously.

‘This is a defining year for international development as we seek to bring the debates around sustainable development to the fore. To be part of Christian Aid, helping it highlight these vital issues, and give voice to the concerns of developing countries is very exciting.’

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Further Information from Andrew Hogg on 0207 523 2058 or call duty press phone  44 (0) 7545 501 749.

Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. Our report, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done – and can be done – to end poverty.  Details at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/poverty-over-report.pdf

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 100 churches and church-related organisations that work together inhumanitarian assistance and development.  Further details at http://www.actalliance.org

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5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit www.christianaid.org.uk