In Profile: Belinda Wadsworth – People against Poverty

By Ben Carey on 25 January, 2023

People against Poverty is a movement for change – a global community of like-minded individuals, businesses and organisations that share a passion to alleviate poverty in the UK and around the world, by offering a handshake not a handout.

The charity currently funds projects in the UK, Romania, India, Haiti, Nepal, Malawi and Tanzania. You can find out more here.

We caught up with the new CEO, Belinda Wadsworth, to find out a bit more about her and People against Poverty.

Tell us about your background…

I have worked in the charity sector for 25 years, starting by founding and running a local volunteering charity, providing practical support (gardening, painting and decorating) for those on low incomes.

Following on from this, I have had leadership roles in national charities, such as Age UK and Arthritis Research UK, and in global charities operating in the fields of disaster relief and recovery, refugee support and livelihood development, setting up new initiatives, growing teams, and developing programmes in the UK and abroad.

What drives you?

I am passionate about working collaboratively with those experiencing poverty, disadvantage and discrimination, to facilitate transformational change in the lives of communities.

When not working I love spending time with my family, training for triathlons, singing in choirs and growing wonky veg!

How does it feel to be taking the reins from former CEO Val Huxley?

It is a tremendous privilege to be taking on the baton of leadership for People against Poverty for this new season, building on the amazing work and foundations that have already been developed by Val over more than 15 years of inspiring and dedicated work.

The great thing for us is that Val has not left but is continuing as Mission Director, still actively involved in the charity’s strategic goals, and overseeing our wide range of partnerships and project work.

What are you hoping to bring to the role as the new CEO?

I am excited to be connecting with the growing movement of engaged, purpose-led businesses and individuals who see our charity as an effective way to invest in real social change.

At this incredibly challenging time for those living in poverty both in the UK and overseas, there is so much we can achieve together working in partnership, as we look to grow our operations to help more communities experiencing poverty. 

How can the local business community help you? 

We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the business community, who, with us, are committed to alleviating poverty in the UK and overseas. The Business Exchange community is key to helping us further grow the vital work we do by joining our movement for change and investing in projects that change lives. 

We know that increasingly many businesses are looking for ways to express their purpose-led values by investing in social change. Through working with People against Poverty, businesses can support projects that make a tangible difference and have lasting impact.

Please get in touch to find out how your business can bring about change that matters to you.