Mari McNeill announced as new head of Christian Aid in Wales

Archbishop John has welcomed the announcement that Mari McNeill will be the new head of Christian Aid in Wales.

Her responsibilities at Christian Aid will include providing leadership to the team in Wales, developing and implementing key partnerships in the church, public and private sectors and contributing to the organisation’s strategic vision.

Archbishop John, Trustee of Christian Aid and Chair of Christian Aid Wales’ National Committee, said: “Mari brings a wealth of experience to this vital Christian Aid role in Wales. She began her time with the charity in 2010 as a youth & student intern, and she has since served in a variety of roles including those of Regional Coordinator for South East Wales and Deputy Head of Wales team. She has a strong track record in developing key partnerships across a wide spectrum of colleagues and organisations and it is immensely impressive to see her ready to move on into the leadership role. Mari’s appointment will strengthen Christian Aid’s presence in Wales where, together, we can raise awareness, raise voices and raise money and, in doing so, make a practical difference to the lives of millions of people in some of the poorest parts of the world.”

A fluent Welsh speaker, born and raised in Cardiff, Mari graduated in foreign languages from Oxford University and later completed a Masters degree in International Relations at Cardiff University.   During her career with Christian Aid Mari has been responsible for church relationships in South East Wales and contributed to specialist research and policy thinking for our work in areas including climate change, partnership with the private sector and our media and advocacy work in Wales.  Over the past year, she has served as Deputy Head of the team. Mari succeeds Huw Thomas who was appointed Leader of Cardiff City Council last year.

Mari said, “I am delighted to take on this role and to lead such a committed and experienced team. Although it is a challenging time for charities, there are lots of opportunities to build a clear vision for the future. Having been in the organisation for eight years, I’ve worked to build Christian Aid’s network of support here in Wales and have seen for myself the real impact of these efforts in Cambodia and Burundi when I was privileged to visit these countries. There’s no doubt that Christian Aid’s work is desperately needed, and I look forward to strengthening and building Wales’ response to the injustice of global poverty.”

Mari will lead on Christian Aid’s strategic partnerships, including Christian Aid’s sponsoring churches and networks such as the Wales Overseas Agencies Group, Stop Climate Chaos Cymru and the Welsh Refugee Coalition.

Christian Aid works in over forty countries worldwide. During this year’s Christian Aid Week, Britain’s longest running door-to-door fundraising week, hundreds of volunteers engaged with their communities across Wales to stand together with those displaced from their homes in Haiti. Christian Aid’s partnerships include the Presbyterian Church of Wales who during their 2018 General Assembly presented a cheque for £203,000 to Christian Aid following a yearlong appeal for the work in the Philippines.