Sir Francis Richards KCMG CVO
Appointed by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, April 2007
Reappointed April 2012
Elected Vice-President and Chairman by the Board with effect from December 2011, Sir Francis began his career with the Royal Green Jackets. After being invalided he joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1969. Following his retirement in 2003 as Director of GCHQ, Sir Francis served until 2006 as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Gibraltar. During his earlier diplomatic career he served in Russia and in India, then as High Commissioner in Windhoek, Minister in Moscow and as Deputy Under Secretary of State in the FCO. He has served on the trustees of Bletchley Park and retired as their chairman in 2011.
Lieutenant General Sir John Kiszely KCB MC DL
Deputy Chairman & Chair of IWM Audit Committee
Appointed by the Prime Minister, August 2008
Reappointed August 2012
Sir John Kiszely has worked at the highest levels of the Armed Forces, both on overseas operations and in Whitehall. He was Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff at the Ministry of Defence from 1998–2001, when he became Deputy Commander of NATO Forces in Bosnia. From 2002–2005, General Kiszely was Commander of Regional Forces in the UK, and also Deputy Commander of Coalition Forces in Iraq from 2004–2005. He was Chief Executive of the UK Defence Academy until his retirement in May 2008, and is currently Visiting Professor in War Studies, Kings College London.
Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC
Appointed by the Prime Minister, November 2012
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.
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.
Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE
Appointed by the Prime Minister, November 2008
Reappointed November 2012
Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas is Chair of The New West End Company and of London & Partners. 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 1996–2004, has served on the board of the London Development Agency and was Chair of The Independent Schools Council. She is a Governor of Wesminster 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. Dame Judith was awarded DBE in 2002 for services to the City of London.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach KCB CBE BA MPhil DTech DLitt FRAes ADC RAF
Appointed by the Prime Minister, December 2011
Reappointed December 2015
Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach has served as Vice Chief of the Defence Staff since May 2013. 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.
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 a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs and, during his career, has been responsible for its investment banking business in Europe and in Asia Pacific ex-Japan. Mr Westerman is a Foundation Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford and serves on the Corporate Board of the Royal Academy of Arts.
Sir Nick Williams
Appointed by the Prime Minister, March 2008
Reappointed March 2012
Sir Nick has been Chief Executive Officer of the Future Schools Trust since 2014. He was previously Principal of The BRIT School for the Performing Arts and Technology 2002–2012 and is a founder and governor of Birmingham Ormiston Academy, Croydon, since 2001. Nick has many years’ experience in London state schools as a teacher of English and History and was a registered Inspector for OFSTED. He has been an Education Adviser for the Department for Education since 2009.
His Excellency The Hon Alexander Downer AC
Ex Officio appointment as Australian High Commissioner.
Mr Downer has been a Trustee since May 2014
His Excellency Mr Gordon Campbell
Ex Officio appointment as Canadian High Commissioner.
For biographical details please visit the Canadian High Commission website.
His Excellency the High Commissioner for India
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.
His Excellency the High Commissioner for Sri Lanka
Ex Officio appointment as Sri Lankan High Commissioner.
For biographical details please visit the Sri Lankan High Commission website.