Richard Spratt, Fields of Life CEO, joined the organisation in 2009. We thought you might like to get to know him a little bit better, so we asked him a few questions and here is what he had to say…
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am married to Katie with 3 children – Jamie, Ethan and Amelie. I am a passionate but long suffering Tottenham Hotspur fan as are my two boys (a decision they made under no duress)! One of my favourite things to do is to escape with family to the wilds of Donegal. I also enjoy cycling, cooking, good music and reading.
Tell us a fun fact?
I was recently voted the best dancer in FOL at a staff members wedding in Uganda. Doesn’t say very much about the competition…..!!!
When did you first get involved with Fields of Life and why?
I joined FOL in November 2009 having spent time in the very different worlds of Corporate Banking and youth ministry. I was hugely impressed with what FOL had achieved as an organisation and keen to work full time in a role dedicated to challenging the status quo of injustice that poverty that exists in the world today.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
Getting to regularly travel to Central East Africa and see God moving and working in incredibly real and powerful ways in places such as Uganda, Rwanda, DRC, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan. I also love working as part of such a passionate and committed staff team comprising people from different places and cultures who share one common purpose of wanting to see God’s kingdom come here on earth.
What’s been the most exciting thing since you started?
There have been many highlights. One which really stands out was meeting a group in Burundi known as the Batwa tribe, a pygmy, group who are probably one of the poorest, most disadvantaged and marginalised ethnic groups on the planet today. FOL built a school which was serving a Batwa community in Burundi and for the first time in their lineage spanning centuries Batwa children were attending school and receiving an education. I had the privilege of visiting Burundi and met some of the Batwa community.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself?
Optimistic, adventurous and loyal!