Meet David Gough

David Gough joined Fields of Life in 2013 as our International Development Manager…here’s what you need to know about David:

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I am married to Eileen, we have three sons, Simon, married to Julia, Andrew married to Louise and Richard and his partner Claire. We have four beautiful grandchildren Emma, Daniel, Naomi and Isaac. My first journey in mission was in 1989 when I visited Kampuchea (Cambodia) as a result of seeing the film the ‘Killing Fields’. I began my career working for Morton Newspapers. Following my return from Kampuchea I changed career direction and joined Concern Worldwide, as well as heading up the Belfast office I was a member of their Rapid Deployment Unit working in emergencies in Burundi; Rwanda; Kosovo; Mozambique; South Sudan; Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Before joining Fields of Life I also worked for CMS Ireland, responsible for global partnerships in Egypt, Ethiopia, South Sudan, DR Congo and Zambia.

Tell us a fun fact?

I drove overland with friends from Portadown to Iraq to deliver medical supplies after the first Gulf War.

When did you first get involved with Fields of Life and why?

While visiting South Sudan about 5 years ago, in my previous job, I was informed that Fields of Life was planning to start to work in South Sudan. I subsequently arranged to meet Trevor in Dublin, to ask him if that was true. I was so impressed with his story and the focus of the organisation I decided one day I’d like to work there.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

Sharing the love of Christ through genuine Christian partnership. Actually witnessing the impact on the ground, seeing peoples’ lives transformed and genuinely changed for the better.

What’s been the most exciting thing since you started?

Leading the first fact-finding team, including Trevor, Richard and Dolway into South Sudan and subsequently the decision to start supporting partners on the ground in South Sudan.

What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?

Life’s a journey.