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Evaluation of objectives, activities, Executive Director

In 2012 the priority for the Board of Trustees was to select and appoint a new executive director. With great help, provided pro bono, from Ebbinge, we reviewed 150 applications and were proud to appoint Bernard Uyttendaele, a long time friend of War Child, to the position.

Bernard Uyttendaele In 2007 Bernard was the driving force behind Orange’s (now T-Mobile’s) involvement in supporting the application of ICT in our activities, and he was a co-founder of War Child’s Business Ambassadors Network. Bernard has a proven track record in managing complex organisations, is a dedicated people manager, a result driven change manager and, last but not least, a very passionate advocate for the War Child mission.

We owe a big thank you to Mark Vogt, who was the executive director for nearly five years. During his tenure War Child grew significantly, particularly through institutional fundraising, thereby enabling us to reach out to many more children affected by war.

Though the Board of Trustees recognizes many challenges, we are pleased with the progress that was made in 2012 and we are confident about the future. The fundraising environment is tough, our planning and control is being enhanced, and the 'decision tree' is being updated. However, at the time of writing in early 2013 we know that management, with the great pro bono help of McKinsey, has successfully updated the strategic plan and the new management team is energized.

The Board of Trustees held its first formal self-evaluation in the form of a questionnaire early in 2012, leading to no special outcomes or actions. The review focused on finding an executive director fit for the next phase of War Child's development and finding the right people to fill the vacancies in the Board of Trustees. All regular Board tasks were performed in 2012, with special attention paid to the HR policy and the reserve policy. One of the Board meetings was kindly hosted by the Dutch Postcode Lottery, a loyal and significant donor to War Child. 

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