International development charity Traidcraft has strengthened its management team by appointing Charlotte Timson as director of international development and policy.
Timson has worked in the sector for the last 10 years and previously worked as country director in Malawi for Christian Aid, leading global initiatives on behalf of the Fairtrade Foundation and overseeing global programmes, policy and advocacy focused around young people as a director at Restless Development.
Timson said: “I love the tangible way that Traidcraft works in alleviating poverty, the directness of our work and the practical way we demonstrate that trade can be fair.
“These are interesting times, as the role of the private sector in development is being recognised more fully and Traidcraft is ideally placed to play a part.
“I’m really excited about what’s next for Traidcraft in terms of policy, programmes and social impact and can’t wait to get started.”
Mags Vaughan, chief executive of Gateshead-based Traidcraft, said: “Charlotte will be a great asset to our team as it looks to build on recent successes, such as the campaign for a supermarket ombudsman.
“Charlotte’s extensive experience in the international development sector will add even more momentum to the growth and impact of our work.”
Timson, who holds Masters’ degrees in theology and development studies from Oxford University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, replaces Paul Spray, who held the post for four years and retired in March 2014.