THE TEAM

The Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson JP

President

Mrs. Cartwright-Robinson was premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands between 2016 and 2021, and was TCI’s first female premier. Previously a lawyer, she later entered politics, chairing various committees in the Legislative Council, before being elected to the House of Assembly in 2012. She served as Leader of the Opposition from 2012 to 2016

The Hon. Claude Bambi Hogan MLA

Vice President

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 of the Board of Trustees

Andrew.Fox@fotbot.org

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

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

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

Philip.Smith@fotbot.org

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

Stephen.Hodgson@fotbot.org

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 and Governance Officer

Will.Radford@fotbot.org

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

oliver.wilderspin@fotbot.org

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.gurini@fotbot.org

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

reem.ibrahim@fotbot.org


As a Politics and History student at the London School of Economics, I find the history of the British Overseas Territories incredibly fascinating. Coming from a North African background, I recognise the importance of self-determination, as well as educating people on the incredible history of the world's communities, no matter how far away they may be. Raising awareness of the BOT's beautiful history and culture is paramount to this core part of the British Family. By promoting the British Overseas Territories interests', especially in the wake of the climate crisis, we can seek to strengthen diplomatic relations and preserve their wonderful heritage. I am so grateful to be a part of the FOTBOT team, and to make a contribution to this brilliant charity!

Craig Brewin

Head of Research

craig.brewin@fotbot.org

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.

Imogen Payter

External Relations Coordinator

imogen.payter@fotbot.org


Imogen has years of experiences working internationally across governments, the private sector and charity. She graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Commerce Degree, majoring in Business Law and International Business.

Gus Eldridge

Co-Merchandise Coordinator

Gus.Eldridge@fotbot.org

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.

Emma Winyard-Church

Co-Merchandise Coordinator

emma.winyardchurch@fotbot.org

I first became interested in the British Overseas Territories during a solo trip to Gibraltar. While the trip was only intended to fill in some time before joining my family for a holiday in Spain, it sparked a deep interest in the unique history and culture of the Territories. After graduating from Exeter University with an English degree, I worked in retail for just under 3 years with John Lewis before going on to complete my postgraduate legal qualifications. As a Merchandising coordinator, I hope I can use my experience and passion for the overseas territories to help raise funds and promote the important causes FOTBOT supports.

George Matharu

Advisor to FOTBOT

george.matharu@fotbot.org

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

jonathan.kitto@fotbot.org


As a graduate of the London School of Economics, I have always had a keen interest in international relations and history. The Overseas Territories offer spectacular diversity and hold a truly unique historical and constitutional relationship with the United Kingdom. I joined FOTBOT to help promote and raise awareness of the Overseas Territories. In my role as Research Assistant, I hope to raise the profile of the territories, which all too often go unrecognised.

Ali Husein

Finance Assistant

ali.husein@fotbot.org


As a London School of Economics graduate and currently working for one of the top accountancy firms, I am supporting FOTBOT with the delivery of its financial services. I have had a keen passion learning about the BOT’s as they hold strong historical ties with the United Kingdom and are situated across the world in strategic locations that are also great touristic destinations. FOTBOT is a charity that strengthens the relations between the UK and the BOT’s, which is fundamental in todays world. I joined FOTBOT with the aim of promoting awareness about the BOT’s and meeting like-minded people who share the same enriching interest.

Nick Sundin

North of England Coordinator

nick.sundin@fotbot.org

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.Cooper-Lesadd@fotbot.org

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.

Promoting, Supporting and Increasing Awareness

of

Britain's Overseas Territories

Friends of the British Overseas Territories, Registered Charity No 1156763

A Charitable Incorporated Organisation, Registered in England and Wales Email: enquiries@fotbot.org

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