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Christian Aid appoints new regional head of London

December 6 2012 - Christian Aid has appointed Mark Sturge as the head of its new London regional team. Mark, who ran his own development consultancy business and worked as General Director of the African and Caribbean Evangelical Alliance (ACEA) for eight years, will lead on Christian Aid’s relationship with the Church and community in Greater London.

Mark says, ‘Christian Aid is an exciting organisation, committed to seeing an end to poverty and injustice. I am delighted to be taking on this new challenge and contributing to achieve this ambitious and necessary vision.

'I am also looking forward to leading the team, working closely with churches and leaders, and inspiring and resourcing them to engage and respond to issues of poverty and injustice.’

Since leaving ACEA, Mark has been the Assistant Director (Services) at the Council for Voluntary Service in Lewisham and Chief Operating Officer at The Lokahi Foundation. He also received a scholarship from the Cranfield Trust to pursue a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) at Cranfield University (School of Management).

Mark has delivered strategic events for leaders and youth workers, including Faith in the Future, which was attended by former Prime Minister, Tony Blair and current Foreign Secretary, William Hague.

Mark understands, and has a keen interest in, the diversity of London churches and church audiences, which led him to write the critically acclaimed book, “Look what the Lord has done! An exploration of Black Christian Faith in Britain”. He was also a member of Christian Aid’s human rights delegation of church leaders to the Dominican Republic to explore the treatment of Haitians in the late 1990s.

David Pain, Director of Supporter and Community Partnerships at Christian Aid welcomed the appointment: ‘The London area has a multitude of vibrant and diverse church communities. I am delighted that Mark will play a key role in strengthening our relationships with these communities, through his role as head of our new London regional team.’

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Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around some 50 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. We believe that the underlying causes of poverty were made by, and can be ended by, human action. Our strategy for building the power of us all to end poverty is embodied in a new report ‘Partnership for Change’: http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/2012_strategy.pdf

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 125 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development.  Further details at http://actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

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