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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Chris Grogan

In memory of a kind, generous and positive colleague who had a wonderfully dry sense of wit. I always enjoyed our chats and he will be sorely missed. …

Karen Peters

Joshua will be greatly missed by his friends and colleagues at Crown Agents.  His optimism was apparent from the day he joined.  His passion to support individuals and communities and to make lives better was clear.  His faith in others and that the world can be a better place is something I know I and others will take forward in his memory. …

Lorraine Tolson

I will always remeber Joshua as being a positvie character., Joshua had a great sense of humour. Joshua would always reach out to me on any concerns he had. We spent many times going through what was the best way to resolve any issues he had. Joshua was always greatful for the help and advise he recieved. In addition, we would often have a little chat about his children and wife and what joy they bought to his life too. Joshua will be sadly missed, my thoughts are with his wife and children. …

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 local organisations in charge – breaking the mould of international organisations dominating deliver of Neglected Tropical diseases work.  I really appreciated his plain speaking and warm heart – and will miss him.   With great love and sympathy to Joshua’s family, his lovely wife and children.  Kate  …

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 about Joshua’s life and passions. He talked daily about Jhennie and the kids, with so many lovely stories of how Jhennie and he met, the fun they would all have at church groups and their unwavering devotion to God. As Joshua’s eyesight deteriorated we communicated through voicenotes and he remained ever committed to his faith and so positive throughout, something that impressed me and really made me consider my own faith. The memory that makes me smile so much is the photo here of Joshua on a bike in the Zambezia province. He loved PFM and I loved fund management so when we saw the opportunity for ‘local taxi rides’ to our guesthouse we jumped on the back of the bikes and took a fun, breezy and bumpy(!) ride through the sleepy streets of Quelimane for around 20p. I’ll never forget that trip and Joshua’s …

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 where he saw we might be able to do to work together to improve things.  I was in awe of his courage and stoicism in the face of illness.  I can’t imagine how much his family will miss him, as we all will too.  …

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 greatly. My thoughts and heartfelt condolences to the family that I know he loved so dearly. …

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 as lots of enthusiasm.  He was always thinking about others – arguing passionately on behalf of those he managed, for instance. Exhibiting real selflessness.  I miss his kindness and his gentle humour.  My thoughts are with his family – I hope they find some solace in knowing just how much Joshua was liked, admired and respected by all his colleagues at Crown Agents.       …