Mark Waddington

CEO of Hope and Homes for Children (HHC)


Mark has over 25 years’ experience working in the humanitarian and international development sectors, of which 14 years have been as a CEO.

Mark is CEO of Hope and Homes for Children (HHC), which he joined in 2012. Through an innovative strategic modelling process, he has positioned HHC as the leading charity working on the global deinstitutionalisation of child care and protection.

He has developed a number of innovative financing mechanisms with private sector partners that are delivering the growth needed by HHC to reach the operating scale required to fulfil its mission as the catalyst for the global eradication of institutional care of children. And he is succeeding: the number of children benefiting from HHC’s work has trebled since 2012, and they have significantly expanded their programmes across Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe and most recently in India. Annual income has doubled from £6 million in 2012 to £12 million in 2017. Over the last four years Mark has led the development of a cross sector partnership which resulted in the development of a government wide position in the UK in promoting an end to orphanages globally. The charity has won multiple awards.

Prior to joining HHC Mark served as CEO at War Child for seven years, during which time he addressed its systemic insolvency and long standing reputational crisis, and increased direct beneficiary reach by a factor of 12, re-developed its brand positioning and ability to influence international policy, achieved over 450% growth in income, and won a host of awards, including the UN's Grand Award, and Third Sector’s Best Charity Trading.

As a volunteer, Mark is also Chair of the Board of MICAIA, a development charity that is delivering exciting new solutions to the long standing injustice of poverty in Mozambique by using innovative social enterprise models.

Mark was awarded the CBE in the 2019 New Year’s Honours for Services to Global Child Protection.

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