Charles Clayton, chair of trustees


Charles Clayton, chair of trustees

An expert on leadership in international organisations and seasoned NGO chief, Charles Clayton is the executive director of Oxford Leaders Ltd and CEO of the Primary Trauma Care Foundation, which provides training for doctors and first responders in the management of severe injury – particularly in the world’s poorest countries.

Mr Clayton is a former chief executive of World Vision UK and former national director of World Vision in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza.

He says it was the quality of CMS people that attracted him to the role. 

“I have been deeply impressed by individual members, leaders, and mission partners that my wife and I have known in several countries,” he said. “If I ask myself what is my best contribution to the church’s mission in the world today, I can do no better than to serve in one of the best organisations that is engaged in that mission today.”

Mr Clayton originally trained and worked as a civil engineer before becoming an area leader and representative for the Navigators, developing the staff and regional field work of this international charity specialising in cross cultural training of emerging young Christian leaders.

At World Vision UK, from 1989 to 2003, he led the turnaround of this NGO to become one of the most respected, influential and well supported agencies in the country.

After a period as group chief executive of the Shaftesbury (Housing and Care) group, he went on to lead World Vision’s work in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza, one of the most complex and sensitive in the NGO world. He founded Oxford Leaders Ltd in 2010 to develop leadership and governance in non-profits and mid-sized businesses.