Christian charity reveals next chief

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A Christian charity has promoted its chief financial officer to the top job. 

Stewardship, which facilitates tax-effective giving and support for Christian charities, said Janie Oliver would succeed Stewart McCulloch as chief executive on 1 January.

McCulloch has been the chief executive of the charity since August 2018 and is leaving to join the debt help charity Christians Against Poverty.

Oliver joined the charity in February 2021, having previously served as executive director for the JustMoney Movement, which aims to encourage people to act differently with their money to “shape a fairer, greener world”. 

While working as the chief financial officer at Stewardship, Oliver introduced the Bull’s Eye investment strategy, which doubled investments into organisations focused on Christian ministry and organisations in areas that support under-served communities to a total of £40m.

Oliver said: “Stewardship has been through a period of significant transformation and growth under Stewart’s leadership. 

“I look forward to ushering Stewardship into a new phase of growth and innovation to release more generosity to more church and charitable causes and help them steward their resources for maximum impact.”

Chris Gillies, chair of the charity, said: “Stewardship’s trustees favoured an internal appointment to ensure a smooth transition for the delivery of our new strategy. 

“Janie’s extremely valuable and relevant experience, including her confident leadership of the new strategy process this year, mean she is well equipped to lead Stewardship both operationally and spiritually. 

“Together with the rest of Stewardship’s trustees, I very much look forward to supporting her as she steps up to lead on the delivery of our new strategy.”

Stewardship “connects and serves Christian givers, workers, charities and churches in the UK and beyond to steward their resources well and create kingdom impact”, according to its website.

The charity’s latest accounts, covering the financial year ending 31 December 2022, show the charity’s income was £114.5m with expenditure of £104.7m.

The charity employed an average of 95 people last year.

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