Alistair is joining SCIAF from Caritas Internationalis, the global confederation of 164 Catholic aid agencies, where he served as Humanitarian Director. He brings with him many years of experience in international development and carrying out the work of the Catholic Church to tackle poverty and overcome injustice. We hope you join us in welcoming Alistair to the SCIAF family. Alistair will be with us from the 4th of August, but he already knows about the great work we've been doing together, and surprised the staff with a video conference this morning to tell us how much he is looking forward to joining us:
"I'm delighted to have been appointed as SCIAF's new Director, and grateful to the board and staff for the confidence and trust they have placed in me. I have known SCIAF well for many years and worked closely with them in several countries, and I greatly respect their spirit, staff and work. I look forward to joining them very soon and to going on to even greater things together."
Everyone here is excited about Alistair coming aboard, and Bishop Peter Moran has extended Alistair a warm welcome from all the staff and volunteers:
"I am very pleased to announce Alistair Dutton has been appointed as the new Director of SCIAF. Alistair will play a vital role in enabling SCIAF, its staff and volunteers, to seize the opportunities ahead and to rise to the challenge of creating a more just world for all. On behalf of the board of directors and all at SCIAF I would like to extend a warm welcome to Alistair. We wish him every success in his new role."
Alistair comes to SCIAF after five years as Humanitarian Director for Caritas Internationalis, and more recently as interim Director of The Sphere Project, which sets standards for humanitarian aid delivery. A chartered engineer, Alistair studied physics at the University of Durham, and philosophy, politics and economics at the University of Oxford. Alistair has worked in the international relief and development sector for eighteen years, during which time he has led several major humanitarian responses and worked in over thirty countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Alistair entered the sector when, as a Jesuit novice working for the Jesuit Refugee Service, he was seconded to Caritas Nepal.