New chief executive appointed at Practical Action charity

Paul Smith Lomas
Paul Smith Lomas

Paul Smith Lomas has been appointed as the next chief executive for international development charity Practical Action, effective from November.

Paul is currently the international director at the Bourton on Dunsmore charity, which employs about 100 people, mainly from the Rugby and Leamington area. He has lived all over the world, is a qualified engineer and speaks fluent Arabic.

Paul said: “Technology is a huge force in our world today but the truth is that technological development is focused on meeting the wants of rich consumers. Scant attention is paid to the vital needs of people in the developing world.

“As the pace of technological change gets even faster, as we continue to recognise how vital technologies are for a reasonable quality of life – technology for agriculture and food, for energy, to protect families from disasters, for clean water and sanitation, for health and education - as the devastating impact of climate change becomes yet more obvious Practical Action’s role in championing technology that challenges poverty and helps protect our planet will be increasingly centre stage.

“I’m proud of Practical Action’s 50 year heritage and hugely excited to be taking over the leadership at such a vital time for our world.”