Board of trustees

CAFOD's board of trustees and their roles are listed below.


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.


Fr Jim O’Keefe

Parish Priest & Episcopal Vicar of Hexham & Newcastle Diocese

Father Jim O’Keefe joined the CAFOD Board of Trustees in 2004. Originally from Northumberland, he was ordained in 1972 and after several parish and academic appointments now serves as a priest in the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

After serving for nine years as the Director of the Diocesan Social Welfare Agency, Catholic Care North East, he was seconded to the Bishop’s Conference to set up CAFOD’s Caritas sister agency CSAN. He is currently Director of Forward Together in Hope the diocesan development and renewal programme.


Ms Joanne Rule

Executive coach

Joanne Rule has more than 30 years’ experience in the health and social care sector.  She held significant communications posts, notably as director of external affairs at the Royal College of Nursing where she also led the College’s international work. Other posts included working for Age Concern (now known as Age UK) and the children’s charity Barnardo’s. For seven years, Joanne was CEO of the patient information charity Cancerbackup. She now works as a leadership coach and a coach-consultant and was appointed MBE for co-chairing the National Cancer Equality Initiative. 

Joanne has been a member of the board of trustees since 2012 and is a member of the CAFOD Strategy and Performance 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 Megan Knowles

Jesuit Refugee Service

CAFOD trustee Megan Russell

Megan became a CAFOD trustee in 2014 and is the youngest member of the board. Prior to studying at the University of St Andrews she volunteered with the Salesian Order in Swaziland for 16 months, an experience which kick-started her interest in international development issues. She was also involved with scouting at university where she encouraged young people to engage with justice, peace and development issues.

Megan is no stranger to CAFOD and interned with our parliamentary team for a year, helping to raise the profile of CAFOD’s partners with the British government. Megan previously worked as Senior Caseworker for Sarah Teather MP, as well as working for St Mary's University, Twickenham, in their Enterprise and Business Development team. She currently works for JRS (Jesuit Refugee Service).

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.

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