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April 6, 2021

Tim Howarth

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Tim Howarth is to stand down as Chief Executive of United World Schools this autumn, after nearly ten years with the organisation. Tim informed Peter Taylor, the UWS Chair, of his decision earlier this year and announced it to staff last month.

In his message to the UWS staff, Tim said he was immensely proud to have nurtured UWS’ development as an organisation defined by its mission for children living in remote, extremely poor regions.

“Our UWS journey provides a daily reminder of the desperate circumstances facing so many children around the world. It also provides a reminder that change is possible. United World Schools has transformed many, many lives in some of the world’s poorest, most remote communities”

– Tim Howarth

“From our humble beginnings, we recently began work on our 250th school project. En route, we have reached over 43,000 children who otherwise would never see the inside of a classroom, with even more students joining our schools each month. UWS has already achieved more than what anyone could have reasonably expected. It has been a privilege to lead UWS on an extraordinary journey – and work with some brilliant people each, and every day”.

UWS will shortly be commencing an external recruitment process for a new CEO. Tim will remain as Chief Executive until at least the Autumn of 2021, supporting the onboarding of his successor later in the year, with a commitment to ensuring a gradual and stable leadership transition, and ensuring UWS’ momentum is sustained and grows further in 2022.

Tim added “I am proud to be leaving United World Schools on a high. 2021 is the right time for me, both personally and professionally, to step back. I am honoured to work with a strong leadership team and committed Board – and I am confident we will continue to grow ambitiously for many years to come. I am enormously grateful to everyone who has supported me and UWS on this extraordinary adventure – thank you to our supporters for your ongoing support for our work. Our success is only possible thanks to your generosity, kindness, and commitment to the United World Schools mission”.

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