Ian Pearce - Chief Operating Officer

Ian’s housing experience began while working in Pakistan in the mid ‘80s where he was involved in a project to house bonded labourers.  Since then Ian has worked in international development either directly or in a voluntary capacity.  Immediately before moving to Habitat for Humanity Ian worked for a Housing Association specialising in difficult to place ex-offenders.

Ian started working for Habitat for Humanity in 2001 and now works as Deputy National Director with responsibility for the Programme Team.  The Programme Team work with Habitat for Humanity implementing countries to develop projects, and to provide funding and technical expertise, especially in monitoring and evaluation.

Ian was born in New Zealand, came to the UK in 1982, and is married to Sue with one grown up daughter.  In his holidays Ian is restoring a derelict cottage in Normandy.


Lisa Stead - Programme Manager

Lisa joined Habitat for Humanity Great Britain in 2006 after many years working in the fashion industry and academia. It was her work with the Indian fashion industry and the poverty that she saw in India and China which gave her an initial interest in development.

Lisa is able to put her research, design, teaching, and commercial skills to use at Habitat for Humanity to develop, monitor, and evaluate Habitat for Humanity’s international programmes. She works in the Programme Team as the Assistant Programme Manager and continues to have a keen interest in the place of learning in development. She considers it a privilege to work alongside Habitat for Humanity partner offices all over the world in the fight against poverty housing. One of her biggest joys has been revisiting India, supporting the work of Habitat for Humanity there and making a change to the poverty that she saw many years ago.    

Lisa is a ‘Dr of Fashion’ and a lover of cats both big and small and she has her own tabby cat called Samson.  

Stefan McNally - Corporate Partnerships Manager

Stefan is an Ulsterman, born in Craigavon and educated at Lurgan College, Stefan left Ireland in 1998 to study Theology at the University of Manchester. It was during his time here, and subsequent ministerial postings, that Stefan developed and cultivated a passionate interest in International Development. He completed an MA in Theology and Development at the University of Manchester, with much of his work focused upon the role of housing in development.

It was at this time that Stefan developed an association with Habitat for Humanity, where he initially supported the development of Habitat for Humanity’s international volunteer programme. He joined the staff team in 2008 to head up the charity’s community based fundraising endeavours. Most recently, Stefan joined Habitat’s Leadership Development Team, whose task is to harness and support the development of corporate and major donor partnerships.

A keen sportsman, Stefan played semi-professional football in the Irish Premier League and still retains a fervent interest in football, particularly the fortunes of Manchester United! Stefan also enjoys cooking, reading, and teaching his son how to swim!


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