The Leprosy Mission says goodbye to the “Rock” who listened to God

It’s a sad week for The Leprosy Mission England and Wales as the staff, Board, friends and donors all say goodbye to much-loved National Director, Peter Walker.

Peter Walker visits Leprosy Mission projects in Niger in 2014.

Peter has served the charity since 2011. Most significantly, he has transformed the spiritual dynamics of the Mission by his commitment to listening to God, collective prayer and development of The Leprosy Mission vision.    

In just six years, he has raised the charity’s income from £6 million to around £8 million a year, enabling it to significantly increase its spending on programmes overseas, benefitting even more people affected by leprosy. 

“I am very sad to be leaving The Leprosy Mission in Peterborough and I will miss everyone terribly” said Peter Walker, “but it’s not a real goodbye. I will soon start working for The Leprosy Mission’s International Office as Head of Fundraising Development “. 

Peter will take up this new position at The Leprosy Mission’s International Office in Brentford, Middlesex in April. 

Sian Arulanantham, Head of Programmes said, “Peter has been a rock during the last six years.  He has been an excellent leader and has transformed the organisation, ensuring that Jesus is at the heart of everything we do.  

"We look forward to welcoming our new National Director, Peter Waddup, and urge you to pray for him as he strives to lead the fight against leprosy. We already know that he has a huge heart for people affected by leprosy and a deep Christian faith.”   

Peter Waddup, until recently, Chairman of the Board for The Leprosy Mission England and Wales will take over as National Director from Peter Walker at the beginning of April. He has recently left his current role as Managing Director of Northants joinery manufacturer, Scotts of Thrapston Ltd, where he has had an exceptional career in finance, to take up the position. 

“I am thrilled to become the new National Director of The Leprosy Mission England and Wales. I am acutely aware of how the work of the mission transforms the lives of some of the most vulnerable people around the world. It is an absolute privilege to serve Jesus, people affected by leprosy and the staff in Peterborough in this way” said incoming National Director, Peter Waddup. 

A formal commissioning service will take place for Peter Waddup in Peterborough in April.   


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