The Honourable Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson JP - President
September 2021 to Present
Mrs. Cartwright-Robinson was premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands between 2016 and 2021, and was TCI’s first female premier. One of the first women in the Turks and Caicos Islands to become a lawyer, she later entered politics, chairing various committees in the Legislative Council, before being elected to the House of Assembly in 2012. After the election, she was elected as leader of her party - the People’s Democratic Movement - serving as Leader of the Opposition until her election as Premier in 2016.
2019-2021: Austin Harris, former Cayman Islands Assembly Member
2016-2019: Albert Poggio GMH OBE, former Gibraltar representative to the UK
2013-2015: Andrew Rosindell, UK Member of Parliament
The Honourable Claude Bambi Hogan MLA - Vice President
January 2022 to Present
Hon. Claude Hogan MLA was first elected to the Montserrat Legislative Assembly in 2001. He has served as a Cabinet Minister of the territory from 2014 to 2019 with responsibility for Agriculture, Trade and Housing. Hogan is a qualified Barrister-of-law (Lincoln's Inn); with previous work experience as a Trade Economist for the Caribbean nations in CARICOM.
Andrew Fox - Chairman Board of Trustees
April 2014 to Present
Andrew Fox's background is in finance and investment, in particular in Russia and the Far East, and serves as Chairman of the Don Hanson Charitable Foundation who were instrumental in supporting the formation of FOTBOT. Andrew has also served as British Honorary Consul in Vladivostok for twenty years.
Simon Leary - Trustee
February 2015 to Present
Simon has over thirty years of experience advising governments, NGOs, charity and the private sector on performance improvement, policy development, financing and transactions in multiple sectors.
He has visited over one hundred countries and played active philanthropic roles in a number of these. Simon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a Fellow of the RSA. He was educated at Cambridge University, London Business School and Insead.
Albert Poggio GMH OBE - Trustee
February 2019 to Present
Mr Albert Poggio sits as a Director on the Board of The Gibraltar Inward Investment Unit and is COO of The Gibraltar National Mint. Mr Poggio is Chairman of Calpe House Ltd and is responsible for overseeing the interests of the charity and its facilities "Calpe House", in Paddington, London, which offers home-from-home accommodation for patients and families from Gibraltar whilst in the United Kingdom for specialist medical treatment under the Gibraltar Health Authority Scheme.
Mr Poggio has been past-Chairman, and a founding member, of the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association (UKOTA). This Association represents the interests of the 12 remaining British Overseas Territories.
Philip Smith - Chief Executive Officer
I founded FOTBOT in 2013 to develop relationships with British Overseas Territory (BOT) Citizens, especially students studying in the UK with the objective of establishing a sustainable project promoting BOT interests and supporting its young people. I am passionate about developing skills for younger people in particular providing coaching and mentoring to those without the necessary tools to help themselves. We are always on the lookout for active volunteers so please do get in touch if you would like to support the continued development of our services.
Stephen Hodgson - Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Finance
I first started to learn about the British Overseas Territories after travelling to Gibraltar and I was immediately hooked. There are more than 250,000 British citizens living in these unique, varied, fascinating, and often far-flung locations. I enjoy playing a small part in helping to raise awareness of the history, geography, natural environment and communities that exist in the BOTs and in turn helping to ensure that they continue to be valued members of the British family of nations with a bright future.
Will Radford - Charity Secretary
My interest in the British Overseas Territories comes from my love of history. These Territories have a rich past, exciting present, but sadly in some cases an uncertain future. I joined FOTBOT to raise awareness of the British Overseas Territories, in the hope that more public awareness will lead to a better deal for both the territories themselves, and for students from the Overseas Territories when they come to the UK to study.
Oliver Wilderspin - Public Relations Manager
As a student at the London School of Economics, I’m disappointed by the lack of knowledge young people have about the Overseas Territories, and I think FOTBOT can play an important role in bringing them to the public’s attention. And coming from Jersey, I’ve seen the challenges that small dependencies may face, and I believe that FOTBOT is an important organisation in bringing those challenges to the attention of politicians. So I’m delighted to be part of the FOTBOT team to help promote the importance of the Overseas Territories.
Alison Gurini - Membership Secretary
Alison’s background is in International Education, where she provides guidance and advice to international students wishing to study in the United Kingdom. Originally from a British Overseas Territory (Bermuda), Alison acknowledges the benefits BOTs have through their relationship with the UK, but has a particular interest in some of the unique challenges these territories and their citizens face. FOTBOT provides fantastic opportunities for UK-based individuals and groups to learn about the BOTs, but also for the BOTs to learn more about each other.
Reem Ibrahim - Events Coordinator
Gus Eldridge - Merchandise Coordinator
I have always supported a country's right to self determination and this is not hard to see with the British Overseas Territories where in 1967 the people of Gibraltar voted 99.6% to maintain British sovereignty in their referendum and more recently in 2013 the Falkland Islands people voted 99.8% to maintain this. FOTBOT supports a range of issues from supporting British university students in getting the same rights as UK students at UK universities to disaster relief when hurricanes hit our overseas territories.
Craig Brewin - Head of Research
Craig lives in Montserrat where he was employed as the Programmes Officer for the Montserrat Red Cross. He is now a member of the Boards of the Montserrat Association for Persons with Disabilities and the Children’s Society. Before moving to Montserrat in 2017 Craig worked as an Assistant Director of Social Services and now writes for a number of print and online publications on business issues, government and sport.
Diana vHolstein - Fundraising Coordinator
George Matharu - Advisor to FOTBOT
I have a career spanning more than 30 years in IT and Finance, working for large corporates and creating several successful start-up companies. I was first introduced to FOTBOT in November 2021, and learned that there are 16 BOTs with significant geographical and cultural diversity. FOTBOT provides an invaluable platform for promoting awareness of the territories, and raising money for fantastic causes such as a children’s playground in Montserrat. I am delighted to represent FOTBOT, and will endeavour to use my experience and business network to help the charity meet its objectives.
Jonathan Kitto - Research Assistant
Nick Sundin - North of England Coordinator
Since visiting Gibraltar as a child, I have been intrigued by Britain's Overseas Territories, and furthermore puzzled at not encountering them in the British education system. This has led me towards approaching the OTs from a perspective that seeks to educate the public on the ins and outs of these fascinating territories to avoid common misconceptions, as well as supporting and engaging the OTs in the issues they face. My own recent experience with the OTs has been centred around the Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia, where I conducted my dissertation research in 2018 on civil society attitudes towards the SBAs in Cyprus.
Sarah Cooper-Lesadd - Assistant to the Chief Executive
Sarah has worked in a number of roles from financial PR in a small boutique firm to most recently working in the Civil Service across several private offices including for the Investment Minister. She is particularly interested in areas of trade, investment and financial services and has prior to her role in FOTBOT worked both as the secretary of the charity but also as the research officer. She is a graduate from the University of Cambridge.