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Traidcraft announces departure of Chief Executive

Paul Chandler has announced that he is to leave the UK’s leading fair trade organisation at the end of March 2013 ...

Traidcraft Chief Executive Paul Chandler (right) has announced that he is to leave the UK’s leading fair trade organisation at the end of March 2013.

During his 11-year leadership of Gateshead-based Traidcraft, trading  turnover has grown from £8 million to £17 million.  The impact of Traidcraft Exchange, its development charity, has also flourished, with income doubling to over £4 million. Last year almost 900,000 people benefited from its work across the developing world. 

Traidcraft has played an influential role in the growth of Fairtrade sales in the UK to some £1.5 billion and in securing changes to UK company law and reporting practices and the establishment of a supermarkets watchdog.

Commenting on his decision, Paul said:  “It has been a great privilege to lead the Traidcraft team and I am incredibly proud of all that we have achieved. 

“As a community of producers, supporters and staff, we have significantly increased Traidcraft’s direct impact on poverty.  We have made a key contribution to the amazing growth of fair trade markets in the UK and further afield and to the promotion of greater trade justice and responsible business practices.

However, I have decided that the time is now right for me to move on to the next stage of my career, taking on a further range of non-executive roles.”

Paul has recently become a director of Engage Mutual, a financial services organisation that works for and is owned by its members, and will also be developing his work at Durham Cathedral.

Traidcraft’s Board  has unanimously approved its Business Director of seven years, Mags Vaughan (left), as Acting Chief Executive from April 2013 until a new Chief Executive is appointed. 





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