New CEO announcement - David Welch

You will recall we’ve asked you to pray for east to west over the past few weeks, as we began our search for a new CEO. We are delighted to announce that the role has been offered to, and accepted by, David Welch who will be joining east to west part-time in June, and full-time in August.

David joins east to west from the Guildford Diocese where he’s spent 13 years advising churches on youth work. During the past 18 months David has been the Head of the Mission Enabler Team. He has over 25 years of youth work experience, both in a paid and volunteer capacity and has spent the past decade as a youth leader within his church leading the 14-18s work alongside a small team. David is married to Pam and has two primary aged children, Josh and Ben.

David says: “The opportunity to lead an organisation such as east to west doesn't come along very often, and exploring the possibility seemed like a door that I had to push - to see if it was something that God might be calling me to do. The recruitment process and conversations with a few trusted mentors has led to me agreeing that this was what God wanted, and so therefore I was delighted to be able to accept the invitation to be the next Chief Executive.

I am looking forward to joining the organisation at such a key time in its life and preparing for the next 25 years of ‘bringing hope’ to the children, young people and families we are called to serve.”

Please can we ask you to continue to pray for David and his family as they begin this transition and give thanks that God has brought him to east to west.



east to west are bringing hope to young lives all across Surrey and Windsor. During 2019/20 we supporting 875 local children, young people and their families struggling with difficult and damaging issues, working through local schools to offer help in both emotional and practical ways. 


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When 14-year-old Clara was assaulted by an older boy it had a dramatic impact on her self-worth, and left her feeling frightened and vulnerable. Read how east to west supported her to regain her confidence and stand up for herself...


“When we first met, I was everyone’s worst nightmare. But you helped me turn things around and I am so grateful. You saw me at the lowest I've ever been in my life and words can't describe how thankful I am that you helped me through it.”

Amber, age 17


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