29 December 2018

Hope and Homes for Children CEO honoured for worldwide child protection role

Mark in Rwanda with Joseph and his foster mother, Faith. Joseph is thriving in his new family after surviving years of orphanage neglect.

We are delighted to share the news that our Chief Executive Officer, Mark Waddington, has been recognised for services to global child protection in the New Year’s Honours list.

Mark, who has led Hope and Homes for Children for seven years, will be made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2019.

Speaking about the award Mark said,

“The CBE acknowledges the work of many people over many years, in many countries – work that is making the world a better place for our children to grow up. And it demands a future in which this can happen.”

Mark paid tribute to his family, saying, “I also believe that the award is recognising the support and sacrifice that my family has made too. So I can honestly say it is a real privilege to receive the CBE.”

Responding to the award, Richard Greenhalgh, Chair of Trustees at Hope and Homes for Children, said, “From day one in his role as Chief Executive, Mark has made sure we have listened to children. As a consequence we can say that the voice of children guides our work in driving systemic change in so many countries.

“I am delighted, and so is the Board, that Mark has received this considerable honour. All those who know him well, recognise the goodness in him and his dedication to helping children of disadvantage.”

Before joining Hope and Homes for Children, Mark led the charity War Child, working on the ground in Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan to ensure that politicians and the media acknowledged and responded to the suffering that war inflicts on children.

Today, as the CEO of Hope and Homes for Children, he is helping to champion the cause of the 8 million children across the world who are confined to orphanages, deprived of their freedom and the individual love and care that every child needs and deserves.