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Peter McDermott appointed as CEO of Lumos


Peter McDermott appointed as CEO of Lumos

Lumos is delighted to announce the appointment of Peter McDermott as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Peter succeeds Interim CEO, Sir Roger Singleton and will take up the post in June.

Peter is a child development expert with over 25 years’ experience of leading global initiatives in international development and philanthropy. He joins from Fajara Associates, an international development advisory consultancy company working with the UN and governments. Previously Peter was the CEO of the Martin James Foundation, an organisation providing children’s care services around the world to support family and community-based care.

Peter McDermott, Lumos' new CEO wearing a blue suit and a tie against a plain wall
Peter McDermott, appointed as Lumos CEO

Prior to this, Peter served as Managing Director and Executive Director, Global Health, at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF). He joined CIFF in 2007 following over 22 years in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) where he served in senior capacities throughout the world - extensively in sub-Saharan Africa and latterly as Chief – Global HIV/AIDS in New York. Peter was also Principal Advisor for HIV/AIDS in the Africa Bureau of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington DC.

Chair of Lumos, Neil Blair, said:

“The Trustees and I are thrilled to have Peter take the helm at Lumos as CEO at this pivotal time of transformation for the organisation. Lumos has embarked on a new strategy and appointing Peter, with his world-leading child development and international relations expertise to drive our mission forwards is hugely exciting.

“We would like to thank Sir Roger for providing exceptional interim leadership during this critical period of transition and for his outstanding contribution to Lumos for many years.”

Peter McDermott said:

“Having led global and country-level initiatives to support children and their families for many years, I have long admired the progress Lumos has made to influence care reform, strengthen families and communities, and protect children from the harm of institutions. At this point in the charity’s life, with a new strategy to take forward, I am delighted to join an expert team to advance our mission to keep families together and give children the love and care they need to thrive.”

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