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Board of Trustees

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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. 

Susan Gibson

Susan Gibson worked in microfinance in 50 countries before moving to London in 2001 when she joined Human Rights Watch, where she co-chaired the London Committee. Susan also has chaired Learning for Life and is Vice-Chair of the Carter Center UK board. She is actively involved with the International Crisis Group, The Fund for Global Human Rights and General Dallaire’s Child Soldiers Initiative. 

Dylan Pereira

Dylan Pereira is Chief of Staff to Barclays Africa Group. Previously, he was Global Head of Strategy at Barclays Wealth & Investment Management based in London. Prior to joining Barclays, Dylan served as a Senior Advisor to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on economic development and governance reform in the Middle East. He has also served as Vice President in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs and as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, both in New York.

Iliane Ogilvie Thompson

Iliane Ogilvie Thompson chairs the UK board of FilmAid International and is a trustee of the We the Change Foundation. Prior to this she was Global Alliances Director at Diageo, after heading Business Development for the Diageo Venture Group. She was previously eCommerce Business Development Director at Yahoo! Europe.

Jake Ulrich 

Jake Ulrich is Chairman of Sterling Resources LTD as well as advising on various energy projects. He was previously Executive Director of Centrica energy management group at Centrica PLC and Managing Director of Accord Energy Ltd, as well as a Senior Vice President of Energy Trading at NGC (Natural Gas Clearinghouse). 

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. 

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.

Jeremy Carver CBE, Honorary Counsellor

Jeremy Carver is Honorary Counsellor to the Board of the IRC, which he co-chaired from 2002-2012. He is an IRC Overseer.  A public international lawyer, he was a partner with Clifford Chance LLP, where he represented and advised many states and governments in conflicts, territorial and maritime disputes, treaties and international organisations, and in cases before national courts. He is a member of the International Board of Transparency International.