Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach GBE KCB ADC DL
Chairman

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.

Elizabeth Cleaver

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.

Tim Marlow

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.

 

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.

Tamsin Todd

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.

Matthew Westerman

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.

Suzanne Nicholas

Appointed by The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, January 2018 

Suzanne is currently Director for Counter Terrorism at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where she has been in service since 1995.   Her previous roles have included Head of the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre and Head of Counter Terrorism policy.  Between 2009 and 2012 Ms Nicholas led teams responsible for delivery against national security objectives, including in preparation for the Olympic Games in London.   Prior to this she ran a research project for the British High Commission in Islamabad, presenting findings to the Home Office and FCO and spent a period of time in Jerusalem as Associate Producer of a BBC TV series on the Arab Israeli conflict.

Hugh Bullock

Appointed by the Prime Minister, February 2018

Hugh has been Chairman of Gerald Eve LLP since 2015 and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He is currently a Member of the Mayor of London’s Homes for Londoners Board, Adviser to the Westminster Property Association and a Member of the Cambridge University Land Economy Advisory Board. Other activities include supporting the University of Crete. His former roles include: Member of the Board of Trustees of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA); Member of the Property Advisory Group of The Passage; Commissioner on the Mayor of London’s West End Commission; Chairman of London First’s Planning and Development Advisory Forum; Member of the Mayor of London’s London Electricity High-Level Working Group; Member of the London Regional Council of the CBI; and Visiting Lecturer to the University of Reading.

Lt General Andrew Figgures CB CBE

Appointed by the Prime Minister, February 2018

Lt General Andrew Figgures was educated at Loughborough Grammar School, Welbeck College and St Catharine’s College Cambridge where he read Engineering. He was commissioned from Sandhurst into the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. He has served in Germany and the United Kingdom and on operations in Northern Ireland, the Former Republic of Yugoslavia and Iraq in 2003-4 where he was Senior British Military Representative and deputy to the US Commander. He has been on the directing staff at the Royal Military College of Science responsible for the instruction of Surveillance, Target Acquistion, Aerial Vehicles’ Guided Weapons and Emerging Technology. In 2004 he became Technical Director of the Defence Procurement Agency and Defence Logistic Organisation, Master-General of the Ordnance and a member of the Army Board. On promotion to Lieutenant General in 2006 he became Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff responsible for the Defence Equipment Plan for all three services. In 2010 on leaving the Army he was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of the British Transport Police Authority with the responsibility for policing the railways in Great Britain until 2016.

Mark Urban

Appointed by The Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport , March 2018

Mark is the Diplomatic and Defence Editor for BBC 2’s Newsnight and has covered diplomatic and defence matters for more than 20 years at the BBC.  His major stories have included: the 1990 invasions of Iraq and subsequent Desert Storm campaign; the collapse of the Soviet Union; the Oslo peace process in the Middle East; the wars that broke out in the former Yugoslavia in the mid-1990s as well as the diplomacy that stopped them; the second Palestinian Intifada; 9/11 and its aftermath; the Coalition campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq; and the Arab Spring. Before joining the BBC as a reporter he was Defence Correspondent for The Independent newspaper for four years, covering the end of the Cold War and the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan. Mark Urban is also well known as a military historian, with several best selling books to his credit. These have included Rifles, about the Napoleonic Wars, Generals an exploration of the British Army’s leadership since its foundation in 1688, and titles concerning more recent history such as Task Force Black that dealt with special operations during the Iraq campaign. Mark Urban became a Trustee for the Royal Armouries in September 2012.

Desmond Bowen CB CMG

Appointed by The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, January 2018 

Desmond was a career civil servant until 2008 when he retired from the position of Director General for Security Policy at the Ministry of Defence.   During his career he served as First Secretary at the British Embassy in Paris, as Defence Counsellor in the UK delegation to the negotiation on the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, as Director of the cabinet of the NATO Secretary General in Brussels, as Director General in the Cabinet Office running the overseas and defence secretariat.   As an officer in the Parachute Regiment between 1970 and 1973 Mr Bowen served in Northern Ireland, Cyprus and West Germany.    Since his retirement, he has been a member and Chair of the UN Secretary-General’s advisory board on disarmament matters; a visiting Professor at Reading University School of Politics and International Relations and Staff Counsellor of the UK intelligence and security agencies.   He is currently a mentor for the Royal College of Defence Studies’ twice yearly strategic exercises and a consulting member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and team leader for their workshops on nuclear doctrine with India and Pakistan.   In 2008 he was awarded the US Secretary of Defense medal for outstanding public service.

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 Commissionwebsite.

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.