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Experienced strategist appointed to lead CMS

Church Mission Society, one of the world’s foremost mission organisations, has appointed Alastair Bateman, 44, as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Alastair, who begins his new role in early May 2019, succeeds Philip Mounstephen, who was installed as the Bishop of Truro in January 2019.
 
Alastair, a gifted strategist, brings to CMS a unique and proven ability for balancing strategic planning with exploration and pioneering. Throughout his career both in the charity sector and consulting with blue chip companies, he has honed his ability to quickly grasp the big picture and understand key challenges. At CMS he sees developing an environment for healthy growth as one of his key focuses and says his previous roles in Christian charities, where he has repeatedly seen the power of prayer, have prepared him for this challenge.
 
The first layperson to lead CMS this century, Alastair is currently Chief Operating Officer at Resurgo Trust, a Christian social transformation organisation, where he has been responsible for the charity’s day to day operations and its sustainable growth strategy. Prior to that, he was director of marketing strategy at Tearfund, after spending more than a decade consulting in the commercial world with companies such as GlaxoSmithKline, Vodafone and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.
 
CMS chair of trustees Charles Clayton said of Bateman’s appointment: “Alastair’s experience in the business sector and international Christian organisations, his leadership and strategic development abilities and his passion for mission will all be key to CMS at this time – as the world of mission is changing and we must keep a clear focus for the future.”
 
Commenting on his new role, Alastair said: “I’ve known of CMS for a long time, both through the work of individual mission partners and through the significant part CMS as a whole has played in the history of the last two centuries. This CEO role seems like the perfect fit and it will be a privilege to continue to work in a context where prayer and worship are integrated with organisational life.”
 
He continued: “Mission is as urgent and as relevant as it has always been. The needs of the world are enormous, expressed in broken relationships everywhere. These issues are too great to solve without God, which is why prayer is central. I value building relationships for life and look forward to doing this more at CMS.”
 
Alastair is married to Justine. They have two children, Poppy (11) and Joel (9), and live in Teddington, south west London. He studied economics and politics at Brunel University, theology at St Mellitus, and he also holds an MSc in management with strategic information systems from the University of Bath.

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