Appointment of Peter Maize, ICC's New CEO

Hong Kong-based leader joins organisation after extensive search

Left: David Gotts, ICC's Founder  Right: Peter Maize, ICC's CEO
VANCOUVER and HONG KONG – International China Concern (ICC), a Christian development agency working in China caring for children abandoned because of disabilities and supporting families of children with disabilities, announced that it has appointed Peter Maize as chief executive officer (CEO). Maize, who is based in Hong Kong, assumed his post on 1st April. David Gotts, ICC’s former CEO, remains with the organisation as founder and a non-executive member of the International Board. 

Dale Weathington, chair of ICC’s International Board, had this to say: “Peter comes to us with a wealth of experience working in senior levels of charities and non-profits in Asia, especially in China. We are so excited to have him lead us into a new season of growth, both in our work with the children in our care, but also in our network of offices around the world. I want to thank Jannene Wall, ICC’s COO, for providing strong interim leadership as CEO during the transition.” 

Peter Maize has spent more than 15 years working for Asian-based non-profits, including 10 years with CBN as China Regional Director, where he oversaw all operations. He also worked with International Care Ministries (ICM) and Food for the Hungry International, supporting poverty alleviation projects in the Philippines and Africa. Prior to this, Maize spent 20 years as a TV journalist, covering stories around the globe. Originally from the USA, Maize and his wife of 39 years, Wendy, moved to Hong Kong in 1989, and their two children were born and raised there.

“I’m incredibly excited to join International China Concern,” said Maize. “The mission of ICC to bring love, hope and opportunity to China’s abandoned and disabled resonates with me in a deep way. Every child with disabilities has value and has the right to be loved, have hope for the future and the opportunity to realise their dreams. I am very fortunate and honoured to have this opportunity to lead the passionate and dedicated staff and volunteers working around the world,” he said, “as well as connect the many supporters to stories of transformation that are happening every day.”

David Gotts, ICC’s founder, who stepped down as CEO in October 2016, had this to say: “I will now be focused on serving ICC as founder. A strong sense of God’s leading, along with the immediate needs of my family, has confirmed this as the right decision. As always, I will be sharing the vision of love, hope and opportunity to everyone who will listen so that even more of China’s children with disabilities can have the opportunity to know the fullness of life.” Gotts added: “Peter joining us is an exciting part of a new season in ICC’s growth. It’s with mixed feelings that I’ve stepped away from my role as CEO, but Peter is the right person at the right time to move ICC forward. I will work tirelessly alongside him to see our vision become reality.”