CBM Global appoints first Executive Director

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CBM Global is delighted to announce that David Bainbridge has been appointed as its first Executive Director. David will play a key role in driving the direction and growth of the new CBM federation and building strategic alliances with the disability movement and high level partners. Building on CBM’s rich heritage and programmatic expertise, he will work with all parts of the federation to shape the development of CBM Global into an entity that leads the way in organisational design and development practice: agile, innovative and ensuring strong representation of people with disabilities and voices from the global South.

David  says: “I feel incredibly privileged to take up this new position as Executive Director and excited at the opportunities and new partnerships that lie ahead for CBM Global.  Over the past 3 years I’ve witnessed the amazing work that CBM achieves with our partners, challenging the injustice facing people with disabilities, influencing mainstream development and humanitarian practice, and transforming lives through programmes that deliver long-term systemic change. This is a pivotal and hugely exciting moment for the CBM family as we move to a new structure. I look forward to working with our fantastic team around the world to build CBM Global into a powerful force for change, working with our partners to build a world where all people with disabilities can access their rights and fulfil their potential.”

David has worked for over 30 years in the international relief and development sector, serving in a variety of senior roles in at Secretariat and field level. He joined CBM in 2016 as International Director of CBM International, transitioning this year to the CBM Global Secretariat. Before this, he was International Director at Christian development agency Tearfund UK.

As Executive Director, David will lead on the strategic direction and growth of CBM Global and represent our work externally, developing strategic alliances with a range of high level partners. He will drive a culture of close collaboration with the disability movement, ensuring a strong voice from people with disabilities and their representative organisations. As an outstanding servant-leader, he will develop a culture of service, unity, initiative and excellence.

David holds a BA (Hons) in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Manchester and an MA in Development and Emergency Practice from Oxford Brookes University.  He and his wife Debbie have two grown up children, Matthew and Sarah.

About CBM Global

In 2019, the CBM International Federation agreed to make changes to allow different parts of the Federation to focus on their priorities and areas of expertise. Following a transition period ending by December 2021, CBM will implement its programmes through two legal entities, which will continue to collaborate closely, sharing programme standards and drawing on each other’s resources and expertise.

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