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In March Patrick Bishop’s new biography of Airey - The Man Who Was Saturday – The Extraordinary Life of Airey Neave. Soldier, Escaper, Spymaster, Politician - was published by William Collins. The Trust held a well-attended launch party at The Royal United Services Institute in Whitehall. The book received outstanding reviews and the hardback edition has sold well. The paperback edition of the book will be published in February 2020.

2019 saw significant changes to the Board of Trustees. Brigadier Edward Butler retired at the beginning of the year and in March two of Airey’s children stepped down as Trustees. Marigold Webb and William Neave had both been Trustees since the inauguration of the Trust in 1979. Marigold’s son, Edward Webb became a Trustee in 2018 and William was replaced by his son, Sebastian. Our long-standing Treasurer, Howard Dawson also retired and was replaced by Michael Burton of JM Finn.

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom was welcomed as a new Trustee in March and then took over as Chairman from John Giffard in November. John, Airey’s nephew, was Chairman for 8 years and he, along with Marigold and William, will remain involved with the Trust as a Patron. Dame Mary Richardson retired in November and the Trust is delighted to announce that Tim Wilson, Director of the CSTPV (The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence) at St Andrew’s University, has agreed to become a Trustee in May 2020.

The Trust continued to receive many applications for research funding and awarded two grants at the end of 2019. Dr Paul Stott and Dr Rakib Ehsam for their Analysis of Far-Right Terrorist Manifestos and Dr Simon Cottee in collaboration with Danish film- maker, Heine Kaarsberg for their feature-length documentary on the 1990 coup in Trinidad & Tobago.

In early 2019, the Trustees agreed that the third Neave Book Prize, co-funded by Pool Reinsurance Ltd and awarded annually to a work of non-fiction judged to have made the most significant, original, relevant, and practically valuable contribution to the understanding of terrorism would be awarded in 2020 and cover books published in the previous 2 years. The Prize was won by Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State by Ali Soufan (Chairman and CEO of The Soufan Group in New York, a leading national security and counterterrorism expert) in 2017 and by The Secret World: A History of Intelligence by Professor Christopher Andrew (Emeritus Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at Cambridge University) in 2018.

At the launch of Patrick Bishop’s book in March, the Trust announced a new round of fundraising – to be led by William Neave. By the end of the year, we had raised over £40,000. Lord Arbuthnot and the Trustees would like to thank all donors for their generosity. As the Trust looks forward into the next decade, the risks of worldwide terrorism and cyber-terrorism are not receding and so we envisage our work will continue to be of great value.