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Sir John Holmes, GCVO, KBE, CMG Chair 

Sir John Holmes served as Private Secretary (Overseas Affairs) and Diplomatic Adviser for Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair, later acting as British Ambassador in Lisbon and Paris. In addition, Sir John Holmes has served as UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and as Director of the Ditchley Foundation. 

Ian Barry, Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee 

Ian Barry, FCA, qualified with Price Waterhouse before spending nearly 30 years in senior financial management in the UK and overseas. On returning to the UK, he joined Oxfam GB as Finance Director and then became CFO of CAB International, a UN registered international development organisation. He served on DFID’s audit committee, was Treasurer of BOND, and is a trustee of several other charities.

George Biddle

George Biddle is the Chairman of World Connect, a grassroots organisation that supports local leaders in the developing world to undertake innovative, sustainable and scalable community development projects. He previously served (2000-2015) as Executive Vice President of the IRC. In addition, he serves on several non-profit boards, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Bill Winters

Bill Winters was appointed to the Board of Standard Chartered PLC as Group Chief Executive, having spent 26 years in JP Morgan in diverse leadership roles. Bill was previously a Non-Executive Director of Pension Insurance Corporation plc and is currently an independent non-executive director of Novartis International AG. He was awarded the title of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2013.

Lynette Lowndes

Lynette Lowndes' career is in the international development and humanitarian sector. She has worked in the field with ICRC, UNHCR and IFRC and subsequently held senior leadership positions with the Australian Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in the UK. Lynette now operates as an international consultant in strategy, facilitation and mentoring. Her qualifications are in environmental and global health.

Tineke Ceelen

Tineke Ceelen has been the Director of Stichting Vluchteling (Netherlands Refugee Foundation) since 2003. Previously, Tineke was Case Manager/Deputy Director of SVN in Cameroon and Project Coordinator of the Netherlands Red Cross in Tibet. 

Sir Hugh Bayley

Sir Hugh Bayley was Labour MP for York from 1992-2015, Minister for Social Security and President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. He introduced legislation to focus UK aid on poverty reduction, outlaw transnational bribery and ban tobacco advertising. He taught politics and social policy at the University of York, ran IBT - a television company capitalised by UK development agencies, and was a trade union negotiator.

Ciarán Donnelly

Ciarán Donnelly is Senior Vice President, International Programmes at the IRC’s headquarters in New York. He previously served as Vice President of Programme Quality, and in leadership positions in Burundi, Uganda, Afghanistan and the D.R. Congo. An Irish citizen, Ciarán holds a B.A. in European Studies from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Pavia, and post-graduate degrees from the College of Europe and the University of Cambridge.

Francesco Garzarelli

Francesco Garzarelli is a partner at Goldman Sachs, and the firm’s Global Markets Economist. A graduate of the London Business School and Bocconi University, Francesco sits on the Italian Ambassador to the UK Independent Advisory Board, is a member of Chatham House, the Society of Business Economists and the Parish Council of St Mary’s Church in Hampstead. He supports Into University – a UK Charity.

Sir Michael Lockett

Sir Michael Lockett’s career has spanned advertising, marketing, high-level campaigning and event management. He directed the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant and Golden Jubilee Concerts. He chaired the company which handled the London Olympic opening and closing ceremonies and 2013 G8 summit. He is on the board of GEMS Education, and a trustee of The Oracle Cancer Trust, The Varkey Foundation and The 5% Club.

Richard Winter

Richard is a partner at PwC and is currently a member of the Global Assurance Executive.  Richard is a Trustee of several charities.  He previously served as Treasurer of Save the Children and Chair of Merlin.  He was appointed CBE for voluntary service to International Development in 2017.

Kathryn Ludlow

Kathryn Ludlow is a lawyer and former partner of the international law firm Linklaters where she specialised in dispute resolution and investigations. She was the firm's first global pro bono partner and chaired the Corporate Responsibility Committee. Kathryn is also a non-executive director of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Foundation Trust and a trustee of the Hall for Cornwall.

Kemal Ahmed

Kemal Ahmed, an investor in primarily the emerging and frontier markets, has over 20 years of institutional asset management experience.  His professional career includes money management for the World Bank Group’s Treasury Department, the Brown University Endowment, Old Square Capital Advisors and Investec Asset Management. Currently he invests in emerging markets private equity.  He has served on the Boards of the Fund for Global Human Rights and the American Civil Liberties Union. Kemal earned a MA, with distinction, from the Johns Hopkins University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Tennessee.