Board of trustees

CAFOD has a board of trustees with a wide range of experiences from Catholic Bishops through to Caritas staff.

Rt. Rev. John Arnold

Bishop of Salford

Bishop John Arnold joined the Board of Trustees in 2009 and was appointed as Chairman in 2010.

Bishop John graduated with a law degree in 1975 from Trinity College, Oxford and completed his legal qualification by being called to the Bar in the Middle Temple in 1976 after studies at the Council of Legal Education.

He was ordained by Cardinal Basil Hume as a deacon in November 1982, and a priest in July 1983. In 2001 he was appointed as Chancellor and Vicar General by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

In November 2005 he became the Diocese’s first Moderator of the Curia shortly before his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster in 2006. He currently serves as Bishop of Salford, a post he took up in 2014.


Ms Mary Ney

Former Chief Executive of London Borough of Greenwich

Ms Ney has recently retired following 14 years as Chief Executive of the Royal Borough of Greenwich.  Before this she served in other London Boroughs including as a Director of Social Services and Housing. She is now working on consultancy projects and has been appointed by the government as a Commissioner for Rotherham Council.

Mary Ney was appointed as a CAFOD trustee in 2007. In addition to her regular governance duties she is also a member trustee and sits on the Remuneration Committee.


HE Dominic Jermey OBE CVO

UK Ambassador to Afghanistan

Dominic Jermey CVO, OBE

Dominic has been Ambassador to Afghanistan since early 2016, leading one the UK's largest Embassy teams in a complex development and conflict environment. Previously, Dominic was CEO of UK Trade and Investment, attracting investment into the UK and helping UK companies grow their businesses overseas.  He has worked with the Foreign Office in a range of regions around the world including South Asia, Europe and the Middle East (where he was the UK Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates). Dominic belongs to the Hospitalite de ND de Lourdes, is a triathlete and has travelled extensively.

Mr Jermey has been a member of the CAFOD board of trustees since 2008.

Mrs Margaret Mwaniki

Caritas Africa

Ms Mwaniki is currently the Regional Desk Officer for Caritas Africa based in Kenya. Throughout her career she has filled a number of important functions within the greater Caritas Internationalis confederation, to which CAFOD belongs, and serves as an advisor or trustee to a number of our sister agencies.

Ms Mwaniki is a leading voice on gender equality and global women's issues and is well respected within the aid and development centre and the academic world for her extensive work on these issues, especially in an African context.

Ms Mwaniki has served on the CAFOD board of trustees since 2009.


Ms Catherine Newman QC


Ms Catherine Newman QC

Catherine Newman is a Queen’s Counsel practising in business litigation at Maitland Chambers in Lincoln’s Inn.

She has been a member Trustee since 2009 and serves as the legally qualified Trustee on the board.

Mr John Darley

Chair, Depaul International

John Darley

John Darley retired from an international career in the oil and gas industry in 2006. Since retirement, he has served both as a volunteer and as a trustee in the charity sector, primarily in areas of social justice. He is Chair of the homeless charity, Depaul International. In addition to serving as the Vice Chair of CAFOD, he holds a position as governor of Heythrop College, London University.

Mr Darley has served on the CAFOD board since 2012 and is a member of the CAFOD Strategy and Performance Committee.


Ms Charlotte Bray 

Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice 

Charlotte has a First B.A. Hons in Theology and Religion, a Masters in Christian Theology, and is studying for a PhD. She currently also works as an Outreach Assistant at the Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice.

Charlotte Bray Trustee

Charlotte Bray Trustee

Prior to her joining the Board, Charlotte had already become an established and committed supporter of CAFOD. She has spent a year volunteering with CAFOD’s “Step into the Gap” programme, working at Newman University as a lay Chaplaincy Assistant. She was responsible for raising awareness of issues relating to social justice among the staff and students there, and travelled to Cambodia to visit CAFOD’S development projects and gain direct experience of working ‘in the field’. She also travelled to various schools, youth events and parishes in the Archdiocese of Birmingham and Cardiff, giving talks about Catholic Social Teaching, the work of CAFOD and Laudato Si’. Additionally she has worked alongside the CAFOD Theology Department, helping to write reflections which were shared with our supporters.

Professor Karen Kilby

Centre for Catholic Studies, University of Durham

CAFOD trustee Karen Kilby

CAFOD trustee Karen Kilby

Karen Kilby is the Bede Professor of Catholic Theology at the Centre for Catholic Studies in the University of Durham, and as part of this role serves as the theological advisor to the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle. Previously she has worked at St Andrews, Birmingham and Nottingham Universities. She was one of the editors of the Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology, has served as the President of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain, and is currently President of the Society for the Study of Theology. 

She was appointed as a CAFOD Trustee in February 2017.

Dr John Guy OBE

Former Principal of Farnborough Sixth Form College

CAFOD trustee John Guy

CAFOD trustee John Guy

John Guy retired from the post of Principal of Farnborough Sixth Form College in 2010, having previously held senior posts in Catholic schools and colleges; earlier, as a Research Fellow in X-ray Crystallography, he was a Fellow of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge. 

John has served on a number of government committees, including the Tomlinson Review of 14-19 Education, where he chaired the Assessment sub-group. In retirement, he has travelled extensively as senior education adviser to Cambridge International Examinations, observing education provision across the globe. 

Until 2017, he was Lay Chair of Surrey Heath Clinical Commissioning Group, overseeing the integration of health and social care, and he was an independent Governor and Chair of Audit at Oxford Brookes University from 2009 to 2017.

He was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to education and was appointed as a CAFOD Trustee in February 2017.

Mary Ward

Innovation Consultant

CAFOD trustee Mary Ward

CAFOD trustee Mary Ward

Mary Ward has more than 25 years’ experience in innovation, brands and marketing. She has held significant senior commercial roles, including Head of Innovation and Creative Director at Dulux and leading global innovation projects at AkzoNobel (formerly ICI).  Most recently, in 2009, she set up her own innovation consultancy, helping develop new ideas, products and services for clients ranging from big brands and large global companies (GSK) to education and charities (Cancer Research UK, Action Aid). 

As a serving CAFOD volunteer for over 10 years, she has spearheaded fundraising and engagement in her local parish, founded a Young CAFOD group and actively promotes CAFOD work and events.  

She was appointed as a CAFOD Trustee in February 2017.

Chris Perry

Honorary Treasurer

CAFOD trustee Chris Perry

CAFOD trustee Chris Perry

Chris Perry retired from a 30-year career in Local Government in 2013, working as a Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Finance Officer.

He has held posts in several London Boroughs, and provides advisory services for specific projects. Prior to his time in Local Government he worked in international manufacturing in Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone. This sparked his keen interest in international development. 

He is an accountant and was appointed as a CAFOD Trustee in February 2017. As Honorary Treasurer for CAFOD, he chairs the Finance, Legal, Audit and Risk Committee.

Bishop Patrick McKinney

Bishop of Nottingham

CAFOD's trustee Bishop Patrick McKinney

CAFOD's trustee Bishop Patrick McKinney

Bishop Patrick was brought up in Birmingham and was ordained to the priesthood in 1978 in St Mary’s Church, Buncrana, Co Donegal, Ireland.

Between 1982 and 1984, he studied for a Licence in Sacred Theology in the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Returning to the Archdiocese of Birmingham, he taught fundamental theology in St Mary’s College, Oscott until 1989, when he was appointed Rector, a post he held for nine years, during which period he was also a lecturer in ecclesiology, the theology of the Church.

Bishop Patrick went on to serve as parish priest of a number of parishes in the Archdiocese and as an Episcopal Vicar for Staffordshire for a number of years and was appointed tenth Bishop of Nottingham by Pope Francis in May 2015. He was ordained to the episcopate by Cardinal Vincent Nichols in St Barnabas’ Cathedral, Nottingham on 3 July 2015. He joined the CAFOD Board of Trustees in 2017.

Fr Mark Ehichioya Odion

Africa Project Coordinator for the Santa Marta Group

Fr Mark Ehichioya Odion

CAFOD trustee Fr Mark Ehichioya Odion

Fr Mark Ehichioya Odion is the newest member of the board, joining in December 2019. He was ordained as a priest in Nigeria in 2001, and has held a wide range of  roles within the Church both in Nigeria and in the UK after moving here in 2005.

He currently works at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) in the International Affairs department as the Africa Project Coordinator for the Santa Marta Group. He coordinates the partnership between the CBCEW and the Catholic Bishops in Edo State, Nigeria, aimed at combatting human trafficking in and from the state.

He also engages in parish awareness campaigns in England and Wales to sensitise the local communities of the presence of trafficking and modern slavery, particularly domestic servitude and abuse. He helps dioceses and parishes to identify and reach out to victims by organising seminars and training at the parish level which focus on potential victims and how the local Church can supportively respond to their needs. He has also been able, with CBCEW support, to reach out to those experiencing domestic abuse or those who have been trafficked and remain in the control of traffickers, enabling them to talk to the police about their experiences and obtain help to regain their freedom and confidence.

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