John Hilary to move on from War on Want after 12 years

20 June 2016 - 3:45pm
Press release

John Hilary has announced today that he is to step down from the position of Executive Director of War on Want in the autumn, after a period of 12 years with the organisation.

John joined War on Want in 2004 as its Director of Campaigns and Policy, and was appointed Executive Director in 2008. He has led War on Want through a period which has seen its income and capacity grow to new levels, expanding the staff team and presiding over the launch of several exciting new programme partnerships with grassroots social movements across the world.

John Hilary said: "It has been an honour and a privilege to be entrusted with the leadership of War on Want, and I am grateful to all those who have supported me during my time as Executive Director. The values and principles that War on Want upholds have never been more important than they are today, and I have no doubt that it will continue to make a real difference in the struggle for social justice across the world. I look forward to supporting War on Want in new ways over the coming years, as well as joining in its campaigns as an ordinary member. I will always be proud to have worked for such an inspiring cause."

Steve Preston, Chair of War on Want, said: "The outstanding contribution that John has made to War on Want over the past 12 years has been integral to the organisation’s growth and success. His leadership and energy have been an inspiration, and it has been a great pleasure for me personally to work closely with him as Chair. War on Want continues to go from strength to strength, and we are truly grateful to John for playing such a major part in that success. He will be greatly missed."

John was appointed Honorary Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham in 2013, the year in which his book The Poverty of Capitalism was published by Pluto Press. His introductory guide to TTIP, co-published with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, has now been translated into 12 European languages. 

He will continue in post for the next four months in order to assist the trustees of War on Want in the recruitment process for his successor.


For further information, please contact Ross Hemingway on +44 7983 550728.


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