The aid agency’s search for a new leader

It’s not a bad job, being director of Cafod: £90,000 a year to run the English Church’s international aid agency, and to oversee its tireless work feeding the hungry, housing the homeless and empowering those on the margins. But it’s not an easy job, either: in an aid world which often disdains Catholicism, how do you keep up with the times while thinking with the Church?

So Cafod’s trustees, who are expected to announce a new director in the next month or so, have a delicate task. The successor to Chris Bain, who is stepping down after 15 years in the role, needs to be a first-rate administrator and communicator. They also need to win the trust of the government, the aid world, and – last but not least – the Catholic community.

Here are some of the names who could be in the running:

Sarah Teather

Once a Lib Dem MP and a minister in the Coalition, Teather left Parliament in 2015, saying that the Lib Dems had neglected their commitment to “social justice and liberal values on immigration”. (She decided to step down after a month-long Ignatian retreat.)

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