Mandy Marshall & Peter Grant
Background and history
Peter Grant and Mandy Marshall, Restored’s co-founders and co-directors, were working for Tearfund when they attended the World AIDS conference in Mexico in 2008.
Mandy explains, “God planted a seed in our hearts to see a united international Christian response to violence against women (VAW). The questions ringing in our ears ever since have been: ‘Where is the church?, and ‘Where are the men?’ when it comes to preventing and ending VAW.
“The eighteen months afterwards were an amazing journey of listening to God, praying and making contact with Christian individuals and organisations who are passionate about these issues and, in many cases, already working actively to end VAW. Thank you to all who supported and encouraged us during this time".
“We very much felt God’s hand on this work and launched Restored as an international Christian alliance dedicated to transforming relationships and ending violence against women in June 2010".
"When we met with a group of friends and interested organisations in Teddington in October 2009, people started to suggest what they could offer to make Restored a success; whether in terms of prayer, resources, financial support, expertise or access to contacts. They were the founder members of Restored".
Peter previously worked as International Director of Tearfund. Before that he was Director for the UK's Department for International Development, where he had responsibility for the UK’s multilateral development partnerships, (including the World Bank, EU and UN).
Peter grew up in Birmingham and trained as an economist. His first job was as an economic adviser for the Government of Malawi, living in Lilongwe, where he met his wife Stella. They have two children and live in Streatham, South London. Peter then worked as a consultant and as a marketing manager for British Telecom before joining DFID in 1990. Peter’s 15 years with DFID included three and a half years living with his family in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Peter joined Tearfund in 2005 with overall responsibility for Tearfund’s partner programmes and disaster management work worldwide.
Peter’s life was turned around at the World AIDS conference in Mexico in August 2008 where he first woke up to the extent and severity of Violence Against Women worldwide. He longs to see the church, and particularly Christian men, speaking out to changes attitudes and prevent violence against women