International Christian charity leader, Lisa Pearce, announced as interim CEO at Christians Against Poverty

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International Christian charity leader, Lisa Pearce, will be joining CAP as Interim Chief Executive in July, following the news that current CEO, Paula Stringer, will be moving to a new role at the BBC. 

Please note: Since the writing of this article, Lisa’s role as Interim CEO has ended. Stewart McCulloch took over the role of Chief Executive Officer for CAP in January 2024.

Lisa is joining CAP from her role as Chief Development and Advocacy Officer of Christian human rights charity Open Doors International, having previously held the role of Chief Executive for Open Doors UK and Ireland. Lisa will remain in place until December.

CAP’s Chair of Trustees, Roger Hattam, said: We are very sad to see Paula leave, but incredibly pleased that Lisa will be taking on the Interim CEO role. Her knowledge of CAP, combined with her experience in business development with organisations such as Virgin Media and Reuters, will provide continuity as well as a strong focus.

During Paula’s time at CAP we have developed a strong and talented senior leadership team. This has allowed us to respond quickly to changing external factors, driven by the cost of living crisis, which have affected funding and services across the charity sector. Having made changes to our staffing structures earlier this year, the senior leadership team is now focused on delivering new service developments, fundraising and church engagement campaigns, and are looking forward to welcoming Lisa.”

Lisa has been a CAP Trustee for over nine years and brings a wealth of experience within the charity and business sectors. She will be working with the Board of Trustees on recruiting a permanent CEO.

Lisa Pearce said: It has been a real pleasure working with Paula, Roger and the Board of Trustees at CAP over the last few years. At a strategic level, we have implemented some important developments which have built and strengthened our senior leadership team, bringing in a broad range of experience and skills.

I’m delighted that we are seeing the fruits of this, with refreshed service offers launching this summer, and successful fundraising appeals this spring. I am looking forward to ensuring we find the next permanent CEO who will continue to grow and expand CAP’s vision.”

Paula Stringer concluded; I am incredibly proud of my time at CAP and all that our team has achieved. I started as CEO just before the pandemic, and we successfully managed our way through multiple changes and challenges, always remaining focused on our God given mission to provide the best support for our clients.

My new role at the BBC is closer to home and will give me more time for my family commitments, after five amazing but incredibly busy years at CAP. I am leaving CAP safe in the knowledge that I have helped build a strong, talented senior leadership team. Along with Lisa’s knowledge and experience, this will ensure CAP goes from strength to strength in 2023.”