Loretta Minghella OBE - Public Lecture

Loretta Minghella Tax dodging, climate change, poverty - an unholy alliance and what we can do about it by Loretta Minghella OBE, Chief Executive of Christian Aid

Event date: Tuesday, 21 April 2015 at 6.15 PM

Venue: The Devonshire Dome, University of Derby Buxton, 1 Devonshire Road, Buxton, SK17 6RY


African mother and child representing Christian AidIf your job is to eliminate world poverty, where do you start?  That’s the challenge facing Loretta Minghella, Chief Executive of Christian Aid.  The charity, with 'We believe in life before death' as its slogan, works wherever the need is greatest, regardless of religion, nationality or race.

Loretta Minghella grew up on the Isle of Wight in an Italian family with strong community values and a thriving icecream business.

After training as a lawyer and practising as a criminal litigator, she began a career in financial regulation and became the first Head of Enforcement Law, Policy and International Co-operation for the Financial Services Authority. Later becoming Chief Executive of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, she oversaw the payment of over £21bn in compensation following the banking crisis of 2008. For this she was awarded the OBE.

The death of Loretta’s brother, the film director Anthony Minghella at only 54 was a turning point. She joined Christian Aid because she wanted a job through which she could express her faith, as well as use all her gifts, skills and experience. She has been Chief Executive for five years. 

She believes that poverty is not inevitable and that together we can make a difference.