14 June 2017

New Chair of Trustees joins the team

Richard Greenhalgh

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Greenhalgh as our new Chair of Trustees.

Richard was formerly Chairman of Unilever UK, until retiring in 2004. Since then he has chaired businesses, public bodies and charities, including Care International UK, United Learning, the Royal Voluntary Service and British Youth Opera.

Richard replaces Vue Entertainment founder Tim Richards, who departs Hope and Homes for Children after nearly eight years as Chair of Trustees.

Hope and Homes for Children was founded in Salisbury, Wiltshire, in 1994. Today it works directly in eight countries, and supports likeminded partner organisations in another 20. It has an annual income of more than £9 million and is at the forefront of a global movement to eradicate orphanages by supporting children into loving families.

Richard said he was excited to join a charity which aims to reform child protection systems across the world.

“What excites me most about Hope and Homes for Children is that it’s leading a global movement to ensure future generations grow up in families instead of loveless institutional care,” said Richard, who is an Emeritus Fellow of Green Templeton College Oxford.

“I chaired Care International UK for nine years and its impact grew, so I believe I can do the same for Hope and Homes for Children.

“My learning curve is pretty steep, but I’m looking forward to seeing its projects in action and helping it to extend its reach across the globe.”

Hope and Homes for Children’s Chief Executive Mark Waddington added: “We’re thrilled to have Richard join us. He brings with him a wealth of experience from a variety of sectors that will help us to achieve our vision of a world where children no longer suffer in orphanages.

“We’re also hugely grateful to Tim for his guidance during the past eight years.

“His leadership of the trustees saw Hope and Homes for Children reach a record income of £8.9m in 2016, and this year we have reached a major landmark through closing our 100th orphanage. Tim will be sadly missed by all and we wish him all the best for the future.”

Tim said: “Hope and Homes for Children has been such a big part of my life for the past eight years.

“I’m seriously proud of what we’ve accomplished and the fact that we can attract someone of the calibre of Richard Greenhalgh as the new Chairman.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to help Hope and Homes for Children – but now from the outside in.”