Christian Aid announces new interim head of Scotland
Published on 6 March 2023 2 minutes read
International development charity Christian Aid has announced a new interim head of its Scottish operations.
Val Brown, previously the charity's church relations and fundraising manager, takes over the role from today.
She will be in post for the next 14 months while Rev Sally Foster-Fulton takes a sabbatical from her head of Scotland duties with Christian Aid to serve as the 2023-24 Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
Val, who lives with her husband and two children in the Southside of Glasgow, has worked for Christian Aid for 20 years, and has served in a number of roles with the Church of Scotland.
These include serving on the Kirk's World Mission Council for six years where she was convenor of the Middle East committee and also served as council vice-convenor of the council. She currently chair's the Church's special commission on ethical investments.
Christian Aid chief executive Patrick Watt said: "Val is well-known to our supporters in Scotland and within our sponsoring churches and I have every confidence in her ability to lead the Scotland team."
Val commented: "I'm excited to take on this role and I'm sure that the next 14 months will fly by.
"I've signed up to take part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk next month, alongside the current Church of Scotland Moderator, Rt Rev Dr Iain Greenshields, and I'll be attending the Christian Aid Art Sale in Clarkston on the 18th March.
"In May we look forward to Christian Aid Week when we'll be focusing on the inspiring work of our partners in Malawi who are supporting communities to grow and sell pigeon peas in a sustainable and profitable way.
"I know it will be a busy and varied time and I'll be supported by a great team and our amazing supporters across Scotland.
"What will continue to motivate me is the work that our partners are doing around the world to support people, both through our long-term development programmes and through the programmes that support those facing disaster like those who've fled their homes because of the war in Ukraine and families in Syria struggling to rebuild their lives after last month's earthquakes.
"And of course the climate crisis continues to cause extreme poverty for so many, like those in South Sudan, and we will continue to raise our voices to call for the changes needed to limit further global warming."
For more information about Christian Aid Scotland and its activities over the coming months, please visit www.christianaid.org.uk