We are delighted to announce the appointment of Maurice Adams as our new Chief Executive from January 2013.
Maurice Adams has more than 25 years’ experience in the leadership of international not-for-profit organisations and the management of public health and education programmes, particularly in Africa, where he lived for the last 17 years. His most recent role was as Vice President of the Elizabeth Glaser AIDS Foundation, based in South Africa. He has served as Country and Regional Director for various UN, US and UK funded development initiatives, run a successful management consultancy, and was CEO of ACET, a pioneering Christian response to HIV/AIDS in the UK and overseas.
The appointment was made by the Board of Trustees of MRDF. David Lewis, Chair of the Board, commented:
“I am delighted that we have recruited Maurice Adams as MRDF’s new Chief Executive. He brings a long-standing passion for working alongside the world’s poorest people, unparalleled experience in the development sector and exceptional leadership experience which I am confident will take MRDF to new levels.”
Maurice Adams commented:
“It is a privilege to be appointed the new Chief Executive for MRDF: a responsibility that I take very seriously, because so many people depend on its vital support. The spirit of caring for the disadvantaged and the obligation to challenge injustice has always been at the heart of MRDF. My task is to strengthen the good work that the dedicated staff team and partners are doing, and to ensure that our supporters can be confident that every penny invested in MRDF is used wisely and goes towards those who need it most. I pledge that as I lead this work we will continue to be good news to the poor, vulnerable and often neglected people that we serve. Our work is needed more than ever before.”
Kirsty Smith, who previously led MRDF for 12 years, left in September 2012 to become Chief Executive of international disability charity CBM UK.