Northants accountant takes the helm of leprosy charity

Managing Director of specialist joinery manufacturer, Scotts of Thrapston Ltd in Northants, Peter Waddup, has been appointed National Director of The Leprosy Mission England and Wales. He will be based at the Mission’s Peterborough office where he starts his new role on 3 April.

Peter Waddup meets a man affected by leprosy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in 2013.

Peter Waddup is no stranger to The Leprosy Mission. In 2009 he was asked to join the Board of Trustees and a year later became Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Planning Committee. He was appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2014.

A backpacking holiday in India in 1993 left him with profound memories of a marginalised group of people affected by leprosy that spurred him on to join the Mission when the opportunity arose.

“I have seen lives transformed by the success of The Leprosy Mission’s projects in 11 countries in Asia and Africa. Leprosy, although curable, can cause terrible disabilities if left untreated and the stigma attached to the disease can be devastating,” said Peter Waddup.

He continued, “I hope to use my commercial experience to build up The Leprosy Mission’s already successful fundraising capacity, to continue the fight against leprosy until it is defeated.”  

Prior to working at Scott's Peter worked in the financial services and insurance industry, most notably working for Premium Search in Northampton where he set up the finance function from scratch and worked as part of a team of 12 that built the business up to a £150 million turnover in five years, with a call centre with 450 staff.  

He is taking over from the former National Director, Peter Walker who is joining the International Office of The Leprosy Mission in Brentford, Middlesex.


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