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Nicholas Bamber, Chairman of Viva's International Board of Trustees, announced today that Andy Dipper (CEO) will be leaving full time employment with Viva to take up the role of Chief Operating Officer with Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

A jointly agreed transitional period over the next few months will allow for Andy to be working part time for both organisations in the first half of 2014. He will then become a member of Viva's Council of Reference and continue to speak on behalf of Viva.

Nicholas said, "Andy has made a significant contribution to Viva's post-founder world. I want to thank him for his enthusiasm for the work of children at risk, the development of our stakeholder relationships and the drawing together of the wider Viva family.


"Viva now has a clearly defined three-year strategy that is delivering significant change for children - and we have much to celebrate, for example, in our recent endorsement by UK Aid (DfiD) for education work in Uganda. Andy retains a genuine love for the persecuted church, particularly from his previous role at Release International, and there is a new opportunity for him to continue to serve them through CSW. Viva has a strong leadership and will consider new appointments in due course but we look forward to continuing to work with Andy on a voluntary basis as we move forward."

Andy said, "There are significant issues facing children in contexts of persecution. I hope to bring my recent experiences into this new role as well as continue to be an ambassador for Viva's vision to see children safe, well and fulfilling their God-given potential. Stepping aside at this time creates an opportunity to empower leadership in different parts of the Viva-world. Thank you to all who support and partner with us."

Read the appointment press release in English here and in Spanish here.

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