World Vision New Zealand Announces New CEO

09 Feb 2018 by Olivia Boswell, Media Advisor
World Vision New Zealand Announces New CEO

Grant Bayldon has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of World Vision New Zealand. He replaces Chris Clarke, who finished at World Vision in July 2017 after seven years as CEO.

Bayldon will start the role in March 2018. As CEO he will lead World Vision New Zealand’s development and humanitarian work in more than 25 countries as well as the organisation’s fundraising and advocacy work in New Zealand.

Since 2012, Bayldon has been Executive Director of Amnesty International New Zealand. In this time, Bayldon has positioned the organisation as a leading influencer on human rights issues and led the substantial growth of income to support Amnesty International’s research and advocacy work.

Prior to his role with Amnesty International New Zealand, Bayldon has held senior leadership, marketing and operational positions at Oxfam New Zealand and Tearfund New Zealand, including as the Deputy Executive Director at Oxfam. He was also the CEO of law firm Duncan Cotterill.

Peter McClure, Chair of World Vision New Zealand, said: "We are very excited to welcome Grant to World Vision. He brings great leadership and management experience, and a wealth of knowledge and experience of international development, gained in particular through his work with Amnesty International, Oxfam and Tearfund. He has a strong commitment to human rights and development which are central to World Vision’s mission to change the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children. We are looking forward to welcoming Grant and continuing the incredible work which World Vision does across the globe."

Grant Bayldon said: "I am excited and honoured to be joining World Vision New Zealand as their CEO. It is an organisation that has always been very close to my heart. I’m looking forward to building on the incredible strengths World Vision has and supporting the organisation’s work to make an even greater impact on poverty and injustice."

Peter Fa’afiu, Chair of Amnesty International New Zealand, said: "Grant has made a huge contribution to Amnesty International New Zealand over the last five and a half years, and has substantially raised the profile of human rights issues here in New Zealand. We are all extremely sorry to see him go, but know that he will continue to have an incredible impact in his role at World Vision. We wish him the best of luck."

Chloe Irvine, Head of External Affairs, World Vision New Zealand  |  ‚Äč+64 22 340 4271