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Trustees

Baron Bew of Donegore

President
Lord Bew is a Northern Irish historian who has worked at Queen's University, Belfast since 1979 and is currently Professor of Irish Politics. He was appointed to the House of Lords as a Life Peer in February 2007 and sits as a crossbencher. Paul Bew took over as President of the Trust from Lord Mayhew in May 2012.
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John Giffard CBE QPM DL BA

Chairman
John joined Staffordshire Police in 1973 and progressed through the ranks to Divisional Commander first at Lichfield and, subsequently, at Cannock. In November 1991 he was appointed Assistant Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police returning to Staffordshire in April 1996 as Chief Constable. From 2003 John served as ACPO 1st Vice President before retiring in 2006. He also chaired the ACPO Committee on General Policing which included national responsibility for Police Use of Firearms and Self Defence Arrest and Restraint. In addition John undertook the lead on Police pensions. Educated at Eton and Southampton University, John holds an Honours Degree in German with a certificate in Italian Studies. He is currently a board member of Alpha Intelligence Management Limited, a non-executive director of Keele University Science and Business Park and a board member of Communicaid Group Limited. He is also a Trustee of the Airey Neave Trust. John was a Vice-President of PMAS from May 2000 to May 2006 and was elected to the Committee of Management as Deputy Chairman in October 2006 prior to his appointment as Chairman in May 2007.
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Hugh Tilney

Vice Chairman
Hugh Tilney has been involved with the Trust since its inception. First, as Chairman of the Refugee Trust which was set up very shortly after Airey Neave’s assassination and then as a Trustee and Vice Chairman of the Trust. Hugh spent 28 years in the insurance industry before moving to live in New York where he now runs an investment management company. He has two married sons and four grandchildren all of whom live in England and who he and his wife visit regularly.

Howard Dawson

Hon. Treasurer
Howard Dawson was introduced to the Trust in the early 1980’s by Sir John Tilney, who served as both Chairman, and latterly, President. He is a director of Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management, who took over Tilney Investment Management in December 2006. He became Honorary Treasurer in 2005, upon the retirement of Sir Nigel Mobbs. Howard is married with three children and (so far) one grandchild.

Sophie Butler

Administrator

Michael Bottenheim

Trustee
Master of Law, Leiden University, MBA, Michigan State University. Non-Executive Director and member of the advisory board of Montrose Associates. Formerly Director of UPM-Kymmene, Helsinki (2001-2009) and Senior Adviser, Lincoln International(2003-2014). Managing Director of Lazard Brothers & Co. Limited (1985-2000), Director of Citicorp, London and Zurich (1976-1985), and a former Member of the Supervisory Board of Abemy B.V. Netherlands.
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Brigadier Ed Butler CBE DSO

Trustee
Ed Butler retired from the British Army as a Brigadier, after an operational career spanning 24 years, much of it in command of UK Special Forces. He saw service in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans and Northern Ireland among other areas. His last tour was as commander of British forces in Afghanistan. He is now Executive Chairman of Salamanca Risk Management, a privately owned, London based specialist risk management company focusing on corporate and private security and risk management solutions. Salamanca provides effective risk consulting and security project management services, throughout the investment cycle, that enables clients to exploit opportunities whilst managing strategic and operational risks. He has been a Trustee of the Airey Neave Trust since 2003.

Professor Richard English

Trustee
Richard English is a historian from Northern Ireland who joined St Andrews University in February 2011 and is currently the Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. His books include "Armed Struggle: The History of the IRA", "Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland" and "Terrorism: How to Respond". Richard became a Trustee in May 2012.
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The Hon. Patrick Neave

Trustee
Patrick works for the Association of British Insurers, specializing in corporate governance and executive remuneration issues. He is a Chartered Secretary and has a City background of commodities and investment banking.
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The Hon. William Neave

Trustee
William Neave has been involved with the refugee side of the Trust since its earliest days, an area of particular interest to his father. He works as a Marine Reinsurance Underwriter in the Lloyd’s of London Insurance Market. William is married with 2 sons.

Dame Mary Richardson DBE

Trustee
Mary’s lifelong commitment has been to help break cycles of deprivation and to support projects for the young which provide opportunity and hope particularly to those who have little of either. Mary took her degree and PGCE at Liverpool University and then was commissioned into the Women’s Royal Army Corps. She later married, eventually became a Headteacher for 15 years and subsequently was the founding Chief Executive of HSBC’s Global Education Trust until 2008. She is committed to improving the life chances of looked after children and orphans globally and is President of SOS Children’s Villages. She believes that the cadet experience provides formative and exciting opportunities for young people. She is Vice President of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets and a trustee of both the Cadet Bursary Fund and the Cadet Health Check Group. She continues on a number of grant making trusts, is a trustee on several boards and a governor in three schools and a university. She holds several honorary doctorates and Fellowships and is a Founding Ambassador of Teach First. Mary was awarded a DBE in 1999 for services to education.

Joy Robilliard MBE

Trustee
Joy was constituency secretary to Airey Neave from 1964 until 1979. They were memorable years and he was a pleasure to work for. Joy had taken dictation from him on the morning of 30th March 1979 and then received a telephone call from the House of Commons asking her for the number plate of Airey’s car. The rest, of course, is history.
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Sir Kevin Tebbit KCB CMG

Trustee
Sir Kevin Tebbit worked for 36 years in public service, in defence, diplomacy and intelligence, latterly as Director of the Government’s Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and as Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Defence. He is now Chairman of Finmeccanica UK, as Non-Executive Director of Smiths Group plc, and visiting Professor at Queen Mary, London University.

Sir David Veness CBE

Trustee
David Veness served as Under-Secretary General of the UN Department of Safety and Security from its creation in 2005 until June 2009. This role carries responsibility for UN operations globally. Prior to this appointment, he was Assistant Commissioner (Specialist Operations) New Scotland Yard from 1994-2005.
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The Hon. Marigold Webb

Trustee
Marigold is the daughter of Airey Neave and became a Trustee in 2003 She has been a director of Webbs Garden Centres Ltd. After training at the Architectural Association, she has advised clients, including the National Trust, on historic landscape conservation. She currently writes on gardening and the landscape for various consumer magazines. She is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Worcester and a Fellow of the Linnaean Society.