Austin Harris Jnr, MLA, Charity Honorary President
Term September 2019 to Present
Mr. Harris was born at George Town Hospital, Cayman Islands to parents, the late Austin "Bossie" Harris Sr., a Civil Servant for nearly 30 years with the Mosquito Research and Control Unit and his wife, Rubenice "Ruby" Harris, a beautician and owner of Ruby's Beauty Salon. He has two siblings, David Frederick and Robert Michael Harris and is the proud Father to a son, Alexander Harris.
On May 24, 2017, Mr. Harris was successfully elected to office and appointed as a Councilor for the Ministry of Employment, Border Control, Community Affairs, International Trade, Investment, Aviation and Maritime Affairs, led by the Hon. Premier, Alden McLaughlin MBE, JP.
Andrew Fox - Chairman Board of Trustees
Term 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
Term: 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
Term: 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
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.
Elizabeth Anderson - Deputy Chief Executive
Elizabeth Anderson works for a prestigious London based professional body, leading on charity governance. She has long been fascinated by the British Overseas Territories, and how we can raise awareness of their existence, their culture and environment, and their role in world politics. Elizabeth has long been an advocate for how democracy can be used to make change, with a particular focus around environmental matters.
Stephen Hodgson - 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.
Emma Bell - Finance Assistant
When I first came into contact with FOTBOT I was taken aback at the need a lot of our overseas territories have for conservation, healthcare and education, among others. FOTBOT has a unique opportunity to bring awareness and support to our territories and do some real good in the world. I hope that by being a part of it I can contribute to continuing to bring this opportunity to light.
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.
Matthew Jones - Membership Secretary
My association with FOTBOT was born from my sincere desire to support the Overseas Territories in their growth and journey to self governance. The territories have a unique set of challenges as well as assets and it is my hope that I can play some small part in supporting them as well as encouraging others to do so as well.
Karen Geung - Membership Assistant
As an avid traveller, the opportunity to promote awareness and help local community projects in varied, and at times remote places of the British Overseas Territories appeals to me. Having been a newcomer in several different cities across the globe, FOTBOTs mission in connecting BOT citizens in the UK is a cause close to my heart. I look forward to expanding my knowledge of the world and supporting sustainability projects.
Sarah Cooper-Lesadd - Head of Research
From a young age, I have always been fascinated with the British overseas territories having been a flag bearer for the commonwealth parliamentary association conference. This gave me an insight into Britain's responsibilities with not only its overseas neighbours but the wider commonwealth and its overseas territories. Since this time I have graduated from Cambridge and have taken on several different roles having worked in financial PR and more recently the civil service.
Lucia Houiller - Events Coordinator
My interest in the British Overseas Territories has grown since not only attending various FOTBOT events over the years, but also an overseas work trip I undertook in mid-2019 to Montserrat. This was an eye-opening experience in so many ways – the untouched beauty of the island, the friendliness of the people, and its history. I was surprised how few people knew about the island or its whereabouts, including myself – so the idea of promoting awareness of these beautiful, often unknown territories, was very appealing to me. I hope to make some contribution, however big or small, to the long-term benefit of these territories as well as their citizens.
Vacant - Media Coordinator
Oliver Wilderspin - Public Relations Assistant
As a Sixth Form student, 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’ attention. And living in Jersey, I’ve seen the challenges that small dependencies may face, and I think FOTBOT is an important organisation in bringing those challenges to the attention of the public and politicians. So I’m delighted to be able to be part of the FOTBOT team and to help promote the importance of the Overseas Territories.
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.
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.
Promoting, Supporting and Increasing Awareness
Britain's Overseas Territories
Kieron Murphy - Projects Coordinator
For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by the British Overseas Territories, from their history to their fantastic natural diversity and wildlife. I'm passionate about promoting these great communities and representing their status by inspiring and educating others. To me it's important that their status is upheld in the UK and that people have to opportunity to understand and access as much information and the choice they all have in the their right to self determination.