International Alert appoints Stephen Pritchard as new Director of Programmes

Leading peacebuilding NGO International Alert is pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Pritchard as its new Director of Programmes.

Pritchard has managed non-profit, commercial, and United Nations entities in conflict-affected countries spanning sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, and has spent many years working in peacekeeping and for mine action organisations, including HALO Trust. Most recently he served as Deputy Chief of Programmes at the Mine Action Service of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in United Nations headquarters New York. Trained as an engineer, he spent four years in the British Army, and has done an MA in International Public Policy at the Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC.

He takes over from Phil Vernon, who stepped down in December 2017, after 13 years at Alert.

Harriet Lamb, International Alert’s CEO, commented: “We are delighted to have Stephen on board as our new Director of Programmes. He brings a wealth of experience of working in conflict-affected countries, across programme management, capacity building for governments and security forces, and community engagement around security issues, with many years’ experience at the UN. This is especially important as the new UN Secretary General drives forward a focus on sustaining peace."

Stephen Pritchard said: “I'm honoured to join Alert. The case for peacebuilding is crystal clear: since 2004 I've been involved at the coal face helping governments and people recover from violence. Doing so was expensive, time consuming, uncertain, and sometimes traumatic. Keeping violence down - and preventing it - is the defining challenge for our generation."

Conflict is on the rise again, following a steady decline since the end of the Cold War, and so the case for peacebuilding has become more important than ever. International Alert is committed to building a more peaceful future through a combination of grassroots action and policy advice, and by working with others to strengthen our collective voice and impact. Alert works in over 25 countries and territories, with a budget of over £19m in 2018.

“On behalf of Alert, I want to take this opportunity to thank Phil for his amazing work over the past 13 years. I warmly welcome Stephen as he leads our programmes. He has substantial experience removing landmines; but that is far from the only debris left behind by war. We have also to build reconciliation between people and that is Alert’s work which Stephen will be leading," Lamb added.

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Notes to editors

International Alert is one of the world’s leading peacebuilding organisations, with over 30 years of experience laying the foundations for peace. We work with local people in over 25 countries and territories around the world to help them build peace. And we advise governments, international organisations and companies on how to support peace.

We focus on issues which influence peace, including governance, economics, gender relations, social development, climate change, and the role of businesses and international organisations in high-risk places.

We work in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.