As chief executive officer of Christian Aid, Loretta Minghella OBE is responsible for its strategic direction, plans and programmes across the world. She joined the organisation in April 2010.
Loretta is a lawyer by training who, after practising as a criminal litigator, began a career in financial regulation in 1990. The first Head of Enforcement Law, Policy and International Cooperation for the Financial Services Authority, she also chaired the International Organisation of Securities Commissions' Standing Committee on Enforcement and Information-Sharing.
In 2004, Loretta became Chief Executive of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, in which capacity she oversaw the payment of over £21bn in compensation to victims of bank and other financial failures. In recognition of her contribution in that role, she was awarded the OBE in the New Year's Honours 2010.
Loretta is a trustee of the Disasters Emergency Committee and of St Georges House Trust (Windsor Castle). She is also a member of the Church of England's Ethical Investment Advisory Group.