CARERS Worldwide, the international development charity promoting recognition and support of family carers in low and middle-income countries, has announced the appointment of Chris Underhill MBE as their first Ambassador.
The announcement comes at the start of the charity’s 10th anniversary year. As the Founding Chair of Trustees of Carers Worldwide, Chris has been on the charity’s journey since the start and they are thrilled that he will continue with them in his new role.
Chris is a leading exponent on global mental health practice, a social entrepreneur, a mentor, and a trainer in community-based facilitation technique. He is the founder of BasicNeeds, and previously founded Action on Disability and Development, and Thrive. Chris is also a Senior Fellow with the Ashoka Fellowship, a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was selected as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur for 2014. In 2000 Chris received an MBE from the Queen for his services to disability and development.
On his appointment, Chris commented:
“I think the really important thing about being an Ambassador is to be able to joyfully and clearly describe the incredible work that the organisation does. To give an incentive to others to be inspired by the organisation and to inspire them to support and work alongside Carers Worldwide in whatever capacity they think best.”
Carers Worldwide Founder Anil Patil said of the appointment:
“We are delighted that Chris Underhill has accepted our invitation to become an Ambassador for Carers Worldwide. As our founding Chair of Trustees, Chris has played a pivotal role in the development of the organisation and of our vision for the future of family carers globally. Our Trustees, staff and partners are greatly looking forward to working with him as we continue on our journey towards securing positive change for unpaid family carers in low- and middle-income countries.”