Graeme Hodge

Chief Executive

Graeme is passionately committed to ‘seek for tomorrow by acting today, until this world is as it was always meant to be’. Driven by faith, and a love of community, he is an activist for social justice and equality.

Graeme is a husband and a father to two amazing daughters. He is an active member and leader in his local church and, as a family, they are deeply embedded in their community and the development of it. Graeme’s work has enabled him to develop engaged and active movements of people that are committed to creating a more just and fair world for everyone, ending extreme poverty and tackling issues of social injustice and inequality. Much of his earlier career was spent engaged in work specifically focused on engaging with young people to help affect change in the world for all.

As an innovative professional, Graeme has worked in a variety of connected leadership roles in the third and private sectors for over 20 years. These roles have included several years in the corporate and private sector involved in consultancy and working with a range of UK based charities. He has had considerable previous experience, deeply involved in international development, and public engagement initiatives in this sector.

Senior Leadership Team

Angela Zamaere Smith

Programmes & Partnerships Director

Angela has over twenty years of experience in international development, NGO training, capacity development and organisation development practice. She holds a BSc in Industrial Psychology from the University of Malawi, and an MBA from the University of Leicester.

Angela began her career in Malawi working in disaster management, policy analysis and advocacy for EVARD, and then in organisational development practice for the Council of NGOs in Malawi and Concern Universal. In 2001, Angela moved to the United Kingdom to help establish the educational arm of Freedom Centre International, and followed that with a role in disaster risk reduction at Tearfund before moving to Revenue Watch Institute in 2008. Angela is involved in various ministries at her church in Welling and lives in Romford, Essex.

David Fletcher

Finance Director

David leads the Finance & Governance team. After studying Civil Engineering and Environmental Studies at Swansea University, David trained as a management accountant and spent many years in industry, latterly in the hi-tech logistics sector as Group Finance Director of Unitrans UK.

He then decided on a career change to specialise in the charity sector, and has worked in the sector for the last 13 years including work as a freelance charity accountant and trustee. David is a committed Christian, having received a traditional Catholic upbringing, and lives in South West London. His interests are mainly sporting; he stills plays cricket in the summer.

Steve Adams

Public Engagement Director

Steve leads the Public Engagement Team. Steve has a wealth of experience in fundraising, communications, copy-writing, events management and within the youth and international development sectors. Steve has had a rich and varied career working for, amongst others, GMTV and Tearfund. Steve is author of the book, ‘The Centre Brain’.

Steve is married to Ruth and they have four children. As a family, they have spent time in rural Malawi, in villages, at schools, playing in local football tournaments, and seeing church-based development up close. The family are active members of their church south London.

Terry Waite

President

Terry Waite has a long and distinguished record as a former hostage negotiator (having been a hostage); humanitarian and author.

Terry comes from Cheshire, where he was born in 1939, and on was first appointed as Education Advisor to the Anglican Bishop of Bristol. He and his family moved to Uganda in 1969 where he worked for the first African Anglican Archbishop of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Around this time he founded the Southern Sudan Project, setting up aid and development programmes in the region.

In 1980 Terry joined the Private Staff of the Archbishop of Canterbury, successfully negotiating the release of several hostages from Iran and Libya and gained public attention. In January 1987, while negotiating for the release of Western hostages in Lebanon, he himself was taken captive and remained in captivity for 1,763 days, the first four years of which he spent in solitary confinement. Terry was released in November 1991.

Terry co-founded Y Care International in 1984, serving first as Chair, and now as President. He was awarded the MBE in 1983 and the CBE in 1992 and has received many awards including honorary doctorates from British and foreign universities.

Photo credits: Tom Price / Y Care International