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Val Huxley

Charity stalwart Val Huxley to step down as CEO of People against Poverty

People against Poverty CEO Val Huxley has announced she is stepping down after 18 years at the helm of the Wiltshire-based charity. She will, instead, move into the newly-created position of mission director.

Her husband Bill, with whom she grew the charity to have operations in six countries – Romania, India, Nepal, Haiti, Malawi and Tanzania and the UK – will remain as a board director and trustee of the organisation.

The charity will continue to build on its mission-led values going forward, with the aim of changing thousands more lives for the better over the years to come.

“I am very much looking forward to beginning this new stage in my life as mission director, along with Bill supporting me as we focus more on where our hearts have always been – working with the poor and marginalised developing relationships and programmes with our mission partners,” said Val.

Chair of trustees, Paul Van Haver said, “Val’s contribution to the charity has been exceptional many lives have been changed by her dedication to her humanitarian work.

“We are delighted that under a new phase of the charity’s development Val will be able to dedicate all of her working time and skills to the front-line mission and enjoying semi-retirement spending more time with her grandchildren.”

Under her leadership, Val developed the Child Sponsorship programme providing children living in absolute poverty with the knowledge that each month they would be receiving food, clothing, and medicines.

Educational programmes have developed, and many young adults have been able to access further education training as teachers, nurses and other occupational roles.

Communities are now able to drink fresh clean water rather than the contaminated water in their villages in India through the Borewell programme which provides whole communities with fresh running water and more recently introduced the Vocational Skills for the Vulnerable in Malawi – enabling young adults with no educational background to train in tailoring, finishing with the opportunity to start their own business in their own communities.

In the UK the charity works with local referral agencies including Wiltshire Council and local foodbanks, doctor’s surgeries and other charities who refer families to the Dignity Project which provides white goods to families facing crisis times to avoid taking out costly bank loans.

Together with her husband Bill, founder of Business against Poverty, the movement developed and now has around 80 members who are making a positive difference to society through their businesses.