Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach GBE KCB ADC DL
Appointed by the Prime Minister, December 2011
Reappointed December 2015
Elected Vice-President and Chairman by the Board with effect from 2 April 2016, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach took over the role of Chief of the Defence Staff in July 2016. Having been commissioned into the Royal Air Force in 1977, his staff tours include personal staff officer to the Deputy Commander and Commander-in-Chief in RAF Germany, Executive Officer to Commander Second Allied Tactical Air Force and Director Defence Studies Royal Air Force. Sir Stuart’s Operational Service has included UK Head Military Coordination Centre Zakho (Iraq), Detachment Commander in Saudi Arabia, Air Commander (Forward) in HQ KFOR in Kosovo and Deputy Senior British Military Adviser to US HQ Central Command 2001–2002. He commanded the Air Warfare Centre at RAF Waddington 2000–2003, was Director-General Intelligence Collection in the Ministry of Defence 2003–2006 and Chief of Defence Intelligence. Sir Stuart held the appointment of Chief of Joint Operations at PJHQ (UK) 2009–2011 before becoming Commander of UK Joint Forces Command in December 2011 to April 2013. Between 2013 and 2016 Sir Stuart served as Vice Chief of Defence Staff.
Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC
Appointed by the Prime Minister, November 2012
Reappointed November 2016
An international businessman and investor both in the UK and the US, Lord Ashcroft supports a wide range of charities, notably crime prevention and education. He is the Founder and Chairman of Crimestoppers, Chairman of Trustees of the Ashcroft Technology Academy in south London and an ambassador of the educational charity SkillForce. In May 2011, he was appointed as lead advisor on a government review of military bases on Cyprus and in September 2012 was made the Government's Special Representative for Veterans' Transition, working on support for military personnel making the transition to civilian life. Lord Ashcroft’s collection of Victoria Cross medals – the largest in the world – has been on display in The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes at IWM London since November 2010. He is a Trustee of the IWM Foundation and is Vice-Patron of the Intelligence Corps Museum in Bedfordshire.
Appointed by the Prime Minister, 28 November 2016
Liz Cleaver is a highly experienced media professional with a long and distinguished career at the BBC. Whilst there she fulfilled a variety of roles; from radio and television production, to launching BBC Knowledge (the forerunner of BBC 4), to setting up the interactive capability for all factual and learning programmes. Between 2004 and 2010 she was the Controller of BBC Learning, where she was responsible for the BBC’s learning output and activity. Before moving to the BBC, Liz had originally worked as a History teacher. Since 2011, she has been a trustee at both the The Royal Free Charity, where she led the work on patient focused delivery, and at Historic Royal Palaces, where she was appointed the lead on learning. In 2014 she was one of the team who opened Wac Arts College, the country’s’ first performing arts Free School targeting excluded young people, having been Chair of Wac Arts since 2012. In addition to these roles, at present Liz is currently a Digital Consultant and Chair of The Reading Agency.
Rear Admiral Amjad Hussain CB
Appointed by the Prime Minister, February 2015
Rear Admiral Hussain’s last military appointments were as Director General Weapons until 2009 and Controller of the Navy until 2012. Since then he has led a UK business unit of a multinational engineering services company and is chairman of a cyber technology company. A Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute and of London Business School’s Sloan programme, he also holds an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Durham University, and is an ambassador for Mosaic, a charity promoting ambition in the young.
Appointed by the Prime Minister, March 2016
Tim has been Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Arts since 2014. He was Director of Exhibitions at White Cube from 2003-2014. Before this he had been active in a number of roles including Head of Adult Education at Tate, Editor of Tate Magazine, Visiting Lecturer at Winchester School of Art, and Creative Director of Sculpture at Goodwood. He is currently a Trustee of Sadler’s Wells Theatre and a Member of the Fine Arts Faculty of the British School in Rome. He has published numerous catalogue essays as well as newspaper and magazine articles and reviews, and has chaired or participated in a variety of judging panels including the Royal Television Society Awards, the John Moores Painting Prize and the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction. He has been an award-winning arts broadcaster on radio and television for the past twenty five years, and he continues to lecture widely.
Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE
Appointed by the Prime Minister, November 2008.
Reappointed November 2012 and extended to November 2017
Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas, DBE, is special adviser to Tishman Speyer and is a global Trustee of ULI (the Urban Land Institute). She is a senior adviser at Chatham House and co-chair of the British Dutch Dialogues, The Apeldoorn Conference. She originally trained, lectured and practised in law, at first in New Zealand and then in London, rising to become Special Adviser to the Chairman at Clifford Chance (2000-2003). Her career has also included many distinguished roles in public life. She was Leader of the City of London Corporation between 1996 and 2004, has served on the board of the London Development Agency, was Chair of The Independent Schools Council and Chair of the Council of Birkbeck College, the University of London. She is a Governor of Westminster School and Westminster Abbey Choir School and has previously been a Trustee of The Geffrye Museum, the Natural History Museum, and The British Museum Development Trust. Until 2008 she was Chair of The Royal Opera House. She has also been Chair of New West End Company and London & Partners and has been on the board of Merrill Lynch. Dame Judith was awarded DBE in 2002 for services to the City of London.
Paul Potts CBE
Appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, March 2016
Paul began his career as a reporter on the Sheffield Star in 1968 and worked for numerous regional and national newspapers over a thirty year period. He joined Press Association in 1995 as Editor-in-Chief and was appointed Group Chief Executive in 2000. He was also Chairman of Canada Newswire and MeteoGroup, then Europe's largest private weather company. Paul retired from PA Group in 2010. He is a Visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Sheffield and a Non-executive Director of Channel 4 Television. Paul is currently a freelance media adviser and is a Member of the Government’s Advisory Group on the First World War Centenary Programme. He was created Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2009, for services to journalism.
Sir John Scarlett KCMG OBE
Appointed by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, December 2009
Reappointed December 2013
Sir John was, until 2009, Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, a post which he held from 2004. He is Chair of Trustees at Bletchley Park, a trustee of The Churchill Centre and a Member of Council of the Royal Medical Foundation of Epsom College.
Professor Sir Hew Strachan PhD FSRE DL
Appointed by the Prime Minister, February 2010
Reappointed February 2014
Professor Strachan is Professor of International Relations at the University of St Andrews, prior to which he held the position of Chichele Professor of the History of War, Oxford University. He was previously Research Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge 1975–1978, Senior Lecturer in War Studies, RMA Sandhurst 1978–1979, Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge 1979–1992 (Life Fellow 1992–date), Professor of Modern History, University of Glasgow 1992–2001, and is Fellow of All Souls, Oxford.
Appointed by the Prime Minister, April 2015
Tamsin Todd is Managing Director of Crystal Ski Holidays and has worked for many years developing digital and ecommerce businesses. She was part of the original Amazon team in the UK, where she launched a number of new product categories and led international CRM. After Amazon, Ms Todd worked at Microsoft where she developed shopping and search businesses across Europe, before joining Betfair as Global Head of Ecommerce. She studied at Imperial College and Princeton University, where she holds several senior volunteer leadership positions.
Peter Watkins CBE
Appointed by the Secretary of State for Defence, April 2014
Mr Watkins is an ex officio appointment by the Secretary of State. He is Director General for Security Policy at the Ministry of Defence.
Appointed by the Prime Minister, April 2015
Matthew Westerman is Co-head of Global Banking for HSBC where he is responsible for the financing, coverage and advisory activities of the Bank's corporate, financial and government clients. Mr Westerman is a Foundation Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.
His Excellency The Hon Alexander Downer AC
Ex Officio appointment as Australian High Commissioner.
Mr Downer has been a Trustee since May 2014. For biographical details please visit the Australian High Commission website.
Her Excellency Mme Janice Charette
Ex Officio appointment as Canadian High Commissioner.
For biographical details please visit the Canadian High Commission website.
His Excellency Mr Y J Sinha
Ex Officio appointment as Indian High Commissioner.
For biographical details please visit the Indian High Commission website.
His Excellency the Hon Sir Lockwood Smith KNZM PhD
Ex Officio appointment as High Commissioner for New Zealand.
Sir Lockwood Smith has been a Trustee since March 2013. For biographical details please visit the New Zealand High Commission website.
His Excellency Mr Syed Ibne Abbas
Ex Officio appointment as High Commissioner for Pakistan.
Mr Abbas has been a Trustee from October 2014. For biographical details please visit the Pakistani High Commission website.
Her Excellency Ms Amari Wijewardene
Ex Officio appointment as Sri Lankan High Commissioner.
For biographical details please visit the Sri Lankan High Commission website.