World Vision UK’s chief executive to leave 

28 Jan 2020 News

Tim Pilkington, chief executive of World Vision UK until 1 March

Tim Pilkington will leave World Vision UK on 1 March, after five years as chief executive, with the charity appointing a former chair as interim CEO. 

Pilkington joined World Vision UK in January 2013 as director of finance and risk. He was promoted to chief executive in 2015. He has not indicated what his future plans are. 

He said: “It is an honour to have led World Vision UK during a period of great change in the country and around the world. I am proud of all that we have achieved in standing with and advocating for children.

“It has been a privilege to lay out a new path for reaching the most vulnerable children – including those whose futures are threatened by disaster, conflict and instability. World Vision UK will be in extremely capable hands with Mark, who I know very well and have great respect for.”

Mark Sheard has been appointed as interim chief executive while the charity looks for a permanent CEO. 

Sheard was chair of World Vision UK between January 2007 and March 2016. He is a non-executive director and corporate development adviser and is currently an appointed member of the Archbishops Council at Church of England. 

Richard Izard, chair, said: “I’m grateful to Tim for his tireless work to transform the lives of millions of children around the world. His energy, passion and unwavering commitment to poverty-stricken communities have helped drive our mission forwards. Under his leadership, World Vision has deepened its commitment to the world’s most vulnerable children.

“Tim has helped us find new ways to engage supporters to give, act and pray on their behalf. Throughout his time with us, he has lived out our Christian faith with boldness and humility.

“I’d also like to welcome Mark Sheard – former chair of the board of trustees – as interim chief executive from March. I’m delighted that Mark will steer the organisation while we appoint a new permanent CEO.

“His experience, wisdom and long association with World Vision means he will bring crucial expertise during a time of transition.”

£30m income drop 

World Vision UK's most recent annual accounts, for the year to September 2018, reported an income drop of £28.6m.

The charity saw its income drop from £93.2m in 2017 to £64.6m in 2018. This was mainly down to a sharp decline in institutional funding, which fell from £38.8m in 2017 to £23.4m, and an £11m drop in donated goods and services. 

The accounts said: “2018 was a very challenging year and overall our income and expenditure fell to their lowest levels since 2010. Much of this was due to changes in the external environment, with reductions in institutional grant opportunities across the whole UK international development sector affecting the amount of work we were able to obtain funding for.” 

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