Tim Livesey set to join charity Embrace the Middle East as new CEO

By Saxton Bampfylde

Tim Livesey set to join charity Embrace the Middle East as new CEO

Tim Livesey has been announced as the new CEO for Embrace the Middle East. Tim will take up the position from July 2017.

Tim, who has had a demanding and varied career in government, politics and the church, is currently working as the Head of Policy and Advocacy at Oxfam. Having served as Chief of Staff to a previous Leader of the Opposition, he was also a senior adviser to both the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster. Tim, who in his new role will be based in our head office in Amersham, brings extensive experience of foreign policy to the organisation, having worked as a diplomat in both West and North Africa, the embassy in Paris and spending four years running Britain’s aid programme in Nigeria.

During nearly twenty years in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Tim worked on a range of policy and communications issues including the Middle East Peace Process and relations with Israel, Palestine, Lebanon and Libya.  He also spent two years on secondment to Downing Street (2000-02) with responsibility for the then Prime Minister’s, foreign policy communications. Tim also has experience in charity governance and leadership and was, for a number of years, a trustee of Progressio, a faith based development agency.

On being appointed as our new CEO, Tim says, ‘Supporting the Christian communities of the Middle East has never been a more urgent and important task. It is an enormous privilege to be given the opportunity to work with the staff, trustees and supporters of Embrace the Middle East in delivering on that challenge. The dedication, skill and courage of Embrace’s Christian partners in the region, striving as they do to meet the needs of the poorest and most disadvantaged in the whole community, is a huge motivation.’

He continues, ‘I really hope that in the coming years, with the help of our generous supporters in the UK, we will find ways to extend the reach of Embrace and our partners to serve an even wider community of those in the greatest need, in the lands that first heard the good news of the Gospel.’

Chair of Trustees, Canon Anthony Ball says, ‘The trustees and I are delighted to have been able to appoint Tim as CEO. He comes with a wealth of knowledge and practical experience that will enable the charity to grow and to deliver on our ambitious strategic plan. Tim’s appointment marks the start of a new and exciting phase of Embrace’s history.  The whole team is looking forward to his arrival.’


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