In Memory of

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Joshua Jackson

Crown Agents sadly lost Joshua Jackson on Thursday 15th September 2022 to cancer, aged 45. Joshua was a genuine technical expert, with a really deep and practical understanding of public financial management and many years of experience working within Ministries of Finance, striving to ensure that those governments were doing the best they could for their most vulnerable citizens. Joshua’s work in international development was always driven by a strong moral imperative to improve the lives of the poorest – whether that was while working on Crown Agents’ programmes in Nepal, Zambia or Sierra Leone, or in his previous roles in Papua New Guinea or in his native South Africa. For as long as he possibly could, Joshua heroically continued to contribute to Crown Agents’ programmes, in spite of the increasing challenges he faced each day as a result of his illness.

But he was also a wonderful colleague – kind and thoughtful, self-effacing and with a gentle sense of humour, selfless and committed. Joshua was a committed believer in Jesus and faced death with the confident hope of a new life to come. He really connected with and touched so many colleagues – evidenced by the warm tributes made at our recent All Staff Meeting by colleagues from right across CA and our international offices.

Joshua was a devoted family man and very sadly leaves behind his wife Jhennie, and two children. Our thoughts are of course with them at this very difficult time.

Joshua will be very deeply missed by everyone who worked with him.

 

Fergus Drake

CEO, Crown Agents – October 2022

 

 

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Austin J Henry

Joshua was a great colleague and a friend to me. Always enthusiastic and passionate about his faith and dedicated to his work. He left us too soon, a great loss for everyone around him. My thoughts go out to his family and let the almighty comfort  his family.    …

kate hargreaves

Joshua was a great colleague – he shared stories and real experience from his time working with governments that brought complex, and sometimes very dry, subject matter to life.  I worked with Joshua on the Ascend programme where he was instrumental in designing new ways of channelling funds to sub-national governments in Zambia, putting …

Andrew Bloomfield

Joshua was a great colleague and a fine human being. It was a pleasure to know him. He is a sad loss. My thoughts go out to his family. May the staunch faith that he and they shared be a comfort at this time of grief. …

Brenda Dempsey

I had the good fortune to work with Joshua over many years and particularly during the last 3 years as part of the ASCEND project and related PFM work. We travelled to Mozambique together in February 2020 (our last work trip just before the world changed) and I got to learn so much more …

Pia

What a joy to have worked with Joshua.  He combined a strong intellect, enormous warmth and commitment, with a wonderful quirky sense of humour.  He didn’t say things because he thought that was what was expected of him.  He said things because they expressed the truth of what he saw in the world, and …

Lewie Edmonds

I will remember Joshua as a positive, energetic and passionate colleague and friend. Having lived such a full life, he had many wonderful stories and was always generous with sharing them. He had a special ability to connect with the people he met and could lighten even the dullest meeting. I will really miss him …

Paul Wafer

Joshua was a terrific colleague to have – committed, engaged, extremely technically knowledgeable, and with a real depth of experience in knowing the challenges and realities of working with governments to try to improve how they manage resources.  You always knew you’d get thoughtful and well-informed engagement when you talked to him, as well …

Dave McGlinchey

I first engaged Joshua as an external associate to run a PFM training course for me for the Afghanistan MoF – he brought reflection, intellect, deep practical insights and passion to the training that I really appreciated. I was really pleased when he joined CA as a consultant, and he continued to contribute to …

Jon Walden

Words are simply inadequate to desrcibe what a kind, gentle and committed person Joshua was. It was always a pleasure and privelege to spend time with him. I will miss him very much. My thoughts are with his family and I hope they can take some comfort from knowing just how respected, admired and …

David Cornish

Joshua was a wonderful colleague and friend. He acknowledged the weirdness of his passion for PFM and yet his enthusiam for it would still win others to his cause! His straight-talking was refreshing but he was always gentle and respectful. It was lovely to get to know Joshua’s family a little bit through the …