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Chris Underhill, Carers Worldwide Ambassador

Published: 26 January 2022
Updated: 18 August 2023
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We are very pleased to announce, at the start of our 10th anniversary year, Chris Underhill as Carers Worldwide’s first Ambassador. Chris has been on our journey with us since the start and we are thrilled that he will continue on it with us now in his new role.

Chris is a leading exponent on global mental health practice, a social entrepreneur, a mentor, and a trainer in community-based facilitation technique. He is the founder of BasicNeeds, and previously founded Action on Disability and Development, and Thrive. Chris is also a Senior Fellow with the Ashoka Fellowship, a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was selected as a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur for 2014. In 2000 Chris received an MBE from the Queen for his services to disability and development.

He has brought so much experience and expertise to the table over the past 10 years in his previous role with us as Chair of Trustees, and we look forward to continuing to work with and learn from him over the coming years.  Please do watch the video above to hear from Chris directly as to what he values about our work and why he wanted to take on this role with Carers Worldwide.

When we asked Chris what he would bring to the role of Ambassador, he said: “I think the really important thing about being an ambassador is to be able to joyfully and clearly describe the incredible work that the organisation does. To give an incentive to others to be inspired by the organisation…and to inspire [them] to support and work alongside Carers Worldwide in whatever capacity [they] think best.” 

Carers Worldwide Founder Anil Patil said of the appointment: “We are delighted that Chris Underhill has accepted our invitation to become an Ambassador for Carers Worldwide. As our founding Chair of Trustees, Chris has played a pivotal role in the development of the organisation and of our vision for the future of family carers globally. Our Trustees, staff and partners are greatly looking forward to working with him as we continue on our journey towards securing positive change for unpaid family carers in low- and middle-income countries.”