Thomas Bucher, born 1956 loves to be where the action is. God has often put him into situations, sometimes quite untidy ones, where his skills in growing and implementing vision and helping organisations to grow to the next level were well put to work.

Over the years the roles were many and often parallel. A selection: OM: COO and then National Director in Switzerland (18 years), OM Western European Director followed by associated European Director (9 years). Evangelical Alliance: Swiss National Board (10 years and 6 of those as chairman), European Evangelical Alliance board and now General Secretary since September 2013. Tearfund: Board (11 years, 4 of those as chairman). I have also started various projects, one of the latest being Mission-Net, a European youth mobilisation event and movement.

As a chairman of a local reformed church, Thomas faces the opportunity of living in an area with 40% immigrants. Being exposed to grass root questions and also having the possibility to see issues from a European perspective gives me very practical insights.

Coming from an organisation with many pioneers he has developed a concern to make sure good foundations will be laid and the respective processes developed. This includes getting the right leaders in place which suit the stage of organisational development and thus grow to the next stage.

Thomas is married and has four married children and two grandchildren.