‘I am passionate about what we do, but I am impatient for us to do three times as much.’ Charity Commission approves appointment of Chris Warham as new ShelterBox CEO.
ShelterBox is embarking on some exciting changes. Having already delivered aid to over a million beneficiaries, it has set off on a path towards major growth and has now appointed a new Chief Executive. Entrepreneur Chris Warham is to be the new Chief Executive of the international disaster relief agency, ShelterBox. He has been in post in an acting capacity for several months, but the Charity Commission has now endorsed his permanent appointment following an open recruitment that attracted more than sixty applicants from across the charity sector.
Chris Warham has set up and run several businesses in the UK and overseas, and most recently was Group Chief Operating Officer of the seven companies that made up the Good Relations Group – one of the UK’s leading communications agencies. He has worked for many years with ShelterBox as a speaker, fundraiser and response team volunteer. Becoming a Trustee in March 2012, Chris went on to chair ShelterBox’s UK board. Taking up the interim CEO role in April this year, he then stood down as a trustee and as Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.
Announcing Chris’s appointment, Chair of the Board of Trustees Dr. Rob John OBE said,
We believe that his passion for our cause, demonstrated experience of growing organizations and vision for what we can achieve together will inspire staff, affiliates, volunteers and donors alike. He is the right leader to steer ShelterBox through its next stage of development.
A business and technology graduate of Loughborough University, Chris Warham is an experienced pilot, mountaineer and marathon runner, and was a finalist in Granada TV’s ‘Flying Start in Business’. He takes up his permanent appointment as ShelterBox makes the small but significant step of relocating its offices to Truro in mid-August. Warehousing and box-packing will continue in Helston, where ShelterBox began in 2000.
Over the last six years Chris has deployed as a volunteer response team member, including to the Republic of Congo and the Philippines. He says, ‘I have looked into the eyes of mothers in refugee camps. I have stood with a father and his children as he looked at the ruins of his home. I am impatient for us to have the funds to help more people like this than ever before.”
I am impatient for us to find even more effective ways of meeting their needs. I am proud of what we do. I am passionate about what we do but I am impatient for us to do three times as much and achieve our potential.
In 2015 ShelterBox helped around 30,000 families in disaster and war zones, with an expanding aid model that now includes the familiar green ShelterBox and white dome tent, as well as rebuilding and repair kits, sturdier transitional shelters to withstand hurricanes, and School Boxes of education materials. Having deployed to every continent except Antarctica in its 16 year history, towards the end of 2015 ShelterBox had reached out to its millionth beneficiary. By 2018 it aims to have the capacity to help 35,000 families a year.