Aid to the Church in Need appoints new director

Dr Caroline Hull speaking at Holy Name Church, Manchester © Simon Caldwell

Source: ACN

The British office of Aid to the Church in Need has announced the appointment of its new chief executive.

Dr. Caroline Hull will succeed Neville Kyrke-Smith as National Director of ACN’s UK Chapter.

Dr Hull, who is currently Head of Community Outreach for ACN (UK), will take on the role at Easter as Mr Kyrke-Smith retires after more than three decades in the role – during which time the amount of the aid provided by the charity as the ailing Church grew tenfold.

Announcing the appointment, ACN (UK) Chairman of the Board, Graham Hutton, said that during an intense recruitment process, Dr Hull had established himself as the strongest candidate. , beating out more than 30 external candidates for the position.

He said: ‘Caroline has a zeal and dedication to our work which, combined with her extensive knowledge of the charity, makes her perfectly suited to continue Neville’s good work.’

Dr Hull, who holds a doctorate in the history of medieval art, joined ACN in 2014 as the charity’s director of the charity’s expanding north-west operations, after working as assistant to the dean of Lancaster Cathedral.

Under his leadership, the North West team supported ACN’s 30,000 existing benefactors in the region and oversaw church appeals and workshops with local Catholic organizations and schools.

Following the exodus of families from their homes in Iraq’s Nineveh plains in 2015, caused by the extremist group Daesh (ISIS), Dr. Hull met with internal refugees supported by ACN’s project partners.

His team has organized a number of fundraising events for displaced Christian families, including a sponsored 175-mile walk and night vigil in support of Iraqi Christians at Holy Name Church in Manchester.

At the end of 2019, she took on the new lead role of Community Outreach Manager, during which time she oversaw a number of pioneering projects.

This included an online version of God Speaks to His Children, ACN’s collection of Bible stories for young readers, for which it recruited bishops, clergy, teachers and television personalities as readers. .

As well as congratulating Dr. Hull on his new role, Mr. Hutton also paid tribute to the outgoing National Director.

He said: “Under Neville’s leadership, ACN has grown from a small, little-known charity to one that is now the prominent voice on behalf of suffering Christians everywhere, providing lifesaving aid every year. thousands of projects around the world. .

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Neville for all he has accomplished and wish Caroline good luck as she continues her excellent work, which we are confident she will do with great skill and of commitment.”


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