Mark Waddington

Mark Waddington is Hope and Homes for Children’s Chief Executive.

Mark has over 20 years’ experience working in the humanitarian and international development sectors, of which 12 years have been as a Chief Executive.

He joined Hope and Homes for Children in 2012, and has worked with his team to develop a strategy that has positioned the organisation as the leading charity working on the global deinstitutionalisation of child care and protection.

He has developed a number of innovative financing mechanisms with private sector partners that are delivering the growth needed by Hope and Homes for Children to reach the operating scale required to fulfil its mission as the catalyst for the global eradication of institutional care of children. And they are succeeding: the number of children benefiting from the charity’s work has trebled since 2012, and they have significantly expanded their programmes across Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and most recently in India.

Prior to joining Hope and Homes for Children Mark served as CEO at War Child for seven years, during which time the charity increased direct beneficiary reach by a factor of 12, re-developed its brand positioning and ability to influence international policy, achieved over 400% growth in income, and won a host of awards.

As a volunteer, Mark is also Chair of the Board of MICAIA, a development charity that is delivering exciting new solutions to the longstanding injustice of poverty in Mozambique by using innovative social enterprise models.