"Bringing spiritual, emotional, educational & material aid to Eastern Europe"

Welcome our new CEO

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In July 2018, Mission Without Borders appointed a new CEO, Stephen Young. Stephen has spent most of his life beyond the borders of his home country, the UK, living and working in Italy, Iran, Australia, Papua New Guinea, and in Central and Eastern Europe. Stephen and his wife Cathie adopted two children, now adults, while living in Hungary, and they now live near Oxford.

An accountant qualified in both the UK and Australia, Stephen was the managing partner for KPMG in the Baltic States and Belarus and served clients as an audit partner and as an acquisition advisory partner.

He had retired from KPMG after a total of 34 years - 22 years as a senior partner - when the prospect of working cross-culturally again, this time within a Christian organisation, appealed to him.

Stephen said, "My vision and hope for the mission is to build on the wonderful legacy of past management and leadership and to grow and develop the services that we offer to beneficiaries. Together we are stronger, and I want to see us, as an international organisation, working together even more effectively and having an even bigger impact."

Since he began working for MWB in July 2018, Stephen has been visiting the countries in which the mission currently works - Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine - as well as the eleven countries where awareness and funds for the mission are raised.

He said, "As I've travelled, whether to our fundraising offices or to our beneficiary countries, I've been delighted and encouraged by the quality of the staff, by their dedication and their calling to help the poor and to spread the gospel. They serve God and those they work amongst with incredible joy, endurance and faithfulness.

"God has provided wonderfully for MWB for nearly 60 years and I see my role as leading the organisation further forward and helping to shape its vision and implement its mission in the direction God has for us. I'm excited and expectant about what God has planned for us."

Stephen takes over at MWB from Harry Graham, who is stepping down from his role as acting CEO but will continue as chairman of the international board of trustees.

Harry said, "We are delighted that Stephen has joined us. We believe that he brings the skills and experience needed for the next stage of the Mission's development, as we continue to serve amid the many challenges facing Eastern Europe, but also seek to grow to meet the new exciting opportunities for our Christ centred work in a fast-changing world."