CBM announces appointment of Chief Programme Officer

Ishahak (left) is a client of a community-based rehabilitation programme in India.With the support of the programme, Ishahak established a tea plantation in Assam. Here he is seen together with ADWR project manager Jeremiah Daimari.


David Bainbridge joins CBM

David Bainbridge has joined the organisation as its Chief Programme Officer (with effect from 01 June 2016). Mr. Bainbridge has over 30 years experience working in programme development with NGOs, most recently as International Director at Tearfund.

Initially based in the UK, Mr. Bainbridge will lead and mentor CBM’s international development directors; cultivate its alliance network; and lead governmental advocacy and public campaign initiatives. Part of his role also includes working with CBM member associations to facilitate growth and learning in development globally.

“We are excited to have David as part of the CBM team, where he will undoubtedly provide invaluable leadership to our work in programme development and in emergency situations as well as in identifying innovative opportunities on a global scale,” said Max Teare, Chair CBM Supervisory Board.

Mr. Bainbridge began his career in 1983 volunteering as a Community Development Worker with Emmanuel International in rural Jamaica. He then worked with Fellowship for African Relief responding to the food crisis in Sudan in a variety of roles between 1985 and 1988. In 1990, he moved to Emmanuel International Canada as International Programme Coordinator, and in 1994 was promoted to Director of International Operations. In 2000, Mr. Bainbridge became Operations Manager at Tearfund, in 2005 was promoted to Senior Operations Manager, was then appointed as Disaster Management Director in 2007 and International Director in 2010.

He has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Manchester and a Master of Arts in Development and Emergency Practice from Oxford Brookes University.

“CBM leads the way in development work for persons with disabilities across the globe” said Mr. Bainbridge. “I look forward to helping continue and advance that important work to fulfill CBM’s vision of an inclusive world in which all people with disabilities enjoy their human rights and achieve their full potential.”