Peacebuilding UK’s Board of Trustees are saddened to learn of the death of former Chair and Trustee, Chris Layton

Chris passed away in his sleep on 12th March 2023 at the age of 93.

Chris played a pivotal role in Peacebuilding UK, guiding the organisation through a period of change as we evolved from a charitable company to the charity we are today.  He held a deep compassion for the experiences of people across the North Caucasus and was determined to find a way to support them in rebuilding civil society out of the trauma of war.  This passion worked in tandem with his clear-sighted, pragmatic approach, no doubt honed through his extensive experience working in the political sphere and as a campaigner.  His activism was far from idealism – it was combined with diplomacy and determination which resulted in tangible positive change in the world.

We remember Chris as someone who was warm, funny and principled and consider it to have been a real privilege to have worked alongside him.  We send our condolences to his large and loving family in their grief.