The Feast’s Trustees are pleased to introduce Carolyn Merry as our new CEO, taking over from Tim Fawssett who has held the post since early 2010.
Carolyn joins The Feast from Sense International, having worked for over 20 years in the humanitarian, international development and peace-building sectors, including senior leadership roles with Cord, CBM and Médecins Sans Frontières.
With qualifications in secondary education, nursing, international development, peace and conflict transformation, and human rights law and advocacy, Carolyn’s personal Christian faith has led her to living and working with people of many different cultures and faiths around the world often in situations of violent conflict, extreme poverty, repressive discrimination and exclusion of those most vulnerable.
These experiences have led to her passion for creating spaces for people to safely meet and build a more inclusive and peaceful world, in the spirit of love, respect and non-violence.
Carolyn shared with us;
“It is such a privilege to join The Feast, which I believe is unique in its approach to interfaith work with its focus solely on young people, enabling them to explore and grow more confident in their own faith identity, seeing faith as a positive foundation for genuine friendships to flourish across differences of culture and faith and creating safe and fun opportunities for lives to be changed.
In just a little less than a decade, The Feast has grown from a kernel of an idea of how young people could come together in interfaith encounters in a radically new way, to being a respected charity that enables young people to talk faith, create friendships and see lives changed across the UK and more recently overseas.
I am thrilled that I will be working alongside such a wonderful team of volunteers, staff, trustees and young people to build on such a strong foundation and help deliver on our strategic goal to continue growing our impact and seeing even more young lives and our world changed.
Having witnessed so much suffering around the world, I believe the work of The Feast is absolutely vital and a much-needed expression for young people of all faiths in how to truly love their neighbour in our world at this time.”
The Feast’s Chair of Trustees, Canon Dr Andrew Smith, said;
“We are delighted to have appointed Carolyn as CEO for The Feast. Carolyn brings a huge range of skills and experience to this role and her Christian faith has clearly inspired her throughout her career in different parts of the world. We look forward to working with Carolyn in this new era for The Feast as the work continues to grow across the UK.
With Carolyn’s experience in leadership and work with people of different faiths and cultures we are sure she is the right person to lead our organisation and to enable many more young people of different faiths to make friends, talk about faith and change the lives of those around them.”
Remarkably, Carolyn continues our CEO link with Australia, having moved there from the UK with her family when she was four and growing up in Melbourne. She is however British, but with an Aussie accent.
Carolyn was appointed in late June and has already started working with current CEO Tim Fawssett on key staffing recruitments and financial planning. She will commence with The Feast on 1st of November.