Board Announcement Published: 05 Sep 2023

The Vine Trust Board wishes to advise our supporters that after more than 20 years at the helm, Rev. Willie McPherson will be stepping down from his role as CEO of Vine Trust.

Willie has been inspirational and unwavering in his passion to help some of the poorest and forgotten people in the world with the love of Christ in a very practical way.

During his tenure, we have worked in partnership to develop a primary healthcare service for remote village communities in Amazonia, Peru, and on Lake Victoria in Tanzania. In addition, we have supported the building of 8 homes for street children in Peru, 142 family homes in Tanzania, 4 homes for orphans in Tanzania, and developed the village of Kazunzu on the shore of Lake Victoria which now includes a primary school.

Many thousands of people in Peru and Tanzania have been impacted by the work of Vine Trust as well as the thousands of volunteers in the UK who have been hugely impacted by their involvement.

The Board is immensely grateful for his leadership throughout the last 20 years. He will be missed and we wish him well and hope that he will enjoy a slower pace of life in the years ahead. He will continue in his support of the Trust through prayer and advice.

We are delighted to announce that Kenny Holt, whom many of you will know, has been appointed as CEO with effect from October. Kenny joined the staff as manager of the medical operations in 2014 having spent 15 years working with community projects in Bolivia. He has overseen the tremendous growth in our medical provision in both Peru and Tanzania and we look forward to working with him in his new role as Chief Executive.

More information will follow in the next edition of Connections magazine.