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,
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr John Darley
Chair, Depaul International
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.
Dr John Guy OBE
Former Principal of Farnborough Sixth Form College
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.
HE Dominic Jermey OBE CVO
Director General of ZSL
Dominic has been a trustee of CAFOD since 2008.
Dominic is Director General of the Zoological Society of London, a wildlife conservation charity running London and Whipsnade Zoos, a scientific research institute and conservation projects in Europe, Asia and Africa. Until 2017, Dominic worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as British Ambassador to Afghanistan, Chief Executive of UK Trade and Investment and Ambassador to the UAE. Dominic has also worked in Pakistan, East Timor, Chile, Spain, Thailand and the Balkans. Dominic has been a member of the Hospitalité de Notre Dame de Lourdes since 1989. Dominic was appointed CVO in 2010 and OBE in 2001.
Professor Karen Kilby
Centre for Catholic Studies, University of Durham
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.
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.
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.
Fr Mark Ehichioya Odion
Africa Project Coordinator for the Santa Marta Group
Fr Mark Ehichioya Odion joined the Board 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.
Fr George Sigamoney
Fr. George Sigamoney was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1993 for the diocese of Kandy in Sri Lanka. After his ordination he served in several tea plantation parishes working with the most vulnerable and marginalised communities. In 1998 he completed his higher studies in Development and Sociology in the Philippines. On his return he began his career with the local Caritas which enabled him to become a strong voice on behalf of the marginalised communities.
He held a wide range of roles and responsibilities in Sri Lanka as well as internationally. He was the head of Caritas Sri Lanka, the Executive Secretary of Catholic Migrant Commission in Sri Lanka, a board member of the Foreign Employment Bureau (Government of Sri Lanka) and worked with Caritas Internationalis, Caritas Asia, Caritas Australia and held many responsibilities on emergency response, community engagement etc. He represented the voice of the migrant workers and displaced people in many occasions at UN Council.
He was appointed as CAFOD trustee in April 2021.
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.
Rt Rev Stephen Wright
Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham
Bishop Stephen Wright was appointed to the Board in February 2021 and is a Member Trustee.
After obtaining a degree in law from the University of Leicester and the legal practice qualification, he completed his studies in preparation for the priesthood and obtained a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained in September 2000 and served as parish priest and later Vicar General until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop in March 2020. He has pastoral responsibility for the deaneries in Staffordshire, Wolverhampton, and the Black Country.
Gabriela Flores Zavala
Gabriela is a senior strategic engagement and communications professional with over 20 years of experience in sustainable development and humanitarian assistance organisations, programmes and initiatives.
She specialises in participatory processes, stakeholder engagement, and multi-stakeholder initiatives and dialogue related to environment, natural resources, energy, supply chains and governance and economic reform issues.
Gabriella has worked for international financial institutions, research organisations and the public sector. Currently, she collaborates with the UN, EU, donor agencies and researchers on major sustainable development and humanitarian programmes. She earned a master’s degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science.