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Christian Aid has confirmed the resignation of Rt Rev’d John Sentamu as Chair of the Board of Trustees. 

In his resignation letter to trustees, Sentamu expressed his concern that recent events could “become a distraction from the vital work of Christian Aid.” 

Sentamu became Chair of Christian Aid on 23 November 2021, following his retirement as Archbishop of York the previous year.  

Vice-chair Maggie Swinson will step into the role on an interim basis with immediate effect while a new Chair of the Board of Trustees is recruited. 

Patrick Watt, Chief Executive of Christian Aid, said: 

“We are very grateful for the 18 months of faithful and energetic leadership that Sentamu has given to Christian Aid. Given recent events, we understand the reasons for his resignation. 

“During his tenure Sentamu gave generously of his time, as he steered the organisation through a change of Chief Executive, and a review of its strategy. He has played a critical role in our campaigning on climate justice, and on a just peace for Ukraine, and has brought Christian Aid’s work to the attention of new audiences.  

“Sentamu recently visited Sierra Leone where he saw first-hand the work of Christian Aid’s partners and met with government and religious leaders to discuss our programmes to strengthen women’s political participation, support livelihoods, and promote community peacebuilding. His visit reinforced our relationships in the country, and inspired staff and partners.”