Leadership & Governance

L’Arche International is responsible for the leadership for the federation of L’Arche communities worldwide. It does this by ensuring the mission of L’Arche is lived and resourced and throughout the federation. In addition to this work, it also provides leadership and financial support to L’Arche communities in developing economies and those in countries without a L’Arche leadership structure. For further information about our strategy and financial overview go to our Annual Summary 2022.


L’Arche International is in a period of transition, as new Leaders will be recruited in the coming months. During this period, Sylvain Brabant, the Chair of the International Stewardship Board acts as interim Executive Director, as provided for in the International Constitution (article 13).

When appointed, the new International Leaders will lead the implementation of the five-year Mandate voted by the Federation Assembly in June 2023, fostering unity across the Federation of L’Arche with the support of the International Stewardship Board.


The L’Arche International Stewardship Board are responsible for the financial and legal oversight of L’Arche International according to French Law. They are drawn from a wide field of experience and nationalities.

During the transition period, the Vice Chair assumes responsibility for the ISB, which works in close collaboration with the International Leadership Team and the International Support Team. At the end of the transition, the role of interim Executive Director will no longer exist, and the ISB Chair and Vice Chair will resume their roles.

Chair – Sylvain Brabant
Sylvain is a member of L’Arche Joliette, Canada. His professional life in education led to serving most recently as a high school principal.

Vice Chair – Andrew Kennedy
Andrew is an investment banker based in London. He has been involved with L’Arche for over 25 years.

Treasurer – Georges de Chaisemartin
George is based in France, where he has been Chief Financial Officer of various companies, serving in that role for L’Arche International from 2016-2019.

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