Dr Maurice retires as director of the national charity he founded
Dr Nick Maurice is retiring as director of BUILD the national charity he founded and which is based in Marlborough. Since 2002, BUILD (which stands for “building understanding through international links for development”) has worked with government, schools, hospitals and faith groups to create and sustain links between communities in the United Kingdom and developing countries.
Dr Maurice will be succeeded as director from October 1 by Andrew Deuchar whose early career in the diplomatic service has been followed by ministry in the Church of England. He has long experience in international development, communications, management and project management.
After working as a parish priest, from 1994 to 2000 Andrew Deuchar was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Anglican Communion Affairs, managing the Archbishop’s work as leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion. He returned to parish work in Nottingham and has most recently been working for the Bishop of Moray, Ross and Caithness.
The Archbishop of Canterbury for whom he worked, Lord Carey, said, “BUILD is looking for an outstanding leader. Andrew was one of my best officers. I have great confidence in him. He is a very wise and consensual leader.”
Dr Maurice (pictured left) – a member of Marlborough’s long-standing family of GPs and one of the town’s best known personalities – has worked for Oxfam, been a GP in Marlborough and in 1981 was a founder of the Marlborough Brandt Group which started and still supports the town’s link with the village of Gunjur in The Gambia. He will continue to work for BUILD in whatever ways the new director and the trustees wish.
BUILD believes that global community partnerships make the world better. Working with community, national and global partners, BUILD promotes cross-cultural links and provides services to help communities to link and to develop their work in ways that increase global peace, prosperity and justice.
On his appointment, Andrew Deuchar spoke of his passion for the whole business of linking: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the work of BUILD, which I believe to be of great significance on the vast canvas which is the international development world of today.”