Andrew Fox - Chairman Board of Trustees

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.

Philip Smith - Chief Executive

What interests you about the organisation?

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.

Robert Midgley - Deputy Chief Executive

Why did you join?

While doing some journalism work in Gibraltar I became increasingly aware of its political issues as well as its citizens needs. I soon found similar issues existed across the other Overseas Territories, and wanted to help using my multi-media skills with building awareness around not just the political side but also the diversity and vast cultures existing, without us knowing.

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.

Ben Brickley - Research Analyst

I have had a vested interest in the British Overseas Territories from a very young age. I believe that it is important for Britain to maintain strong links with it’s Overseas Territories which is why I joined FOTBOT. I have been actively involved in international social policy research for a few years now and decided to use my experience to help FOTBOT raise awareness on issues relating to the Overseas Territories.

Kieron Murphy - Finance 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.

Anja Junges - Charity Secretary

As a German foreigner who has been living in the UK for almost 8 years I have been committed to learn about British culture, politics and heritage since day one. I became aware of the Commonwealth and its heritage very quickly whereas it took me a while to discover the importance of the British Overseas Territories as unfortunately the average British person does not know a lot about these territories at all. This is exactly why I want to learn as much as possible about the BOTs whilst helping to increase public awareness and promote a closer relationship between Britain and its Overseas Territories.

Will Radford - Events Coordinator

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.

Curtis Large - Charity & Fundraising Officer

My keen interest in the British Overseas Territories arose after writing a political piece for an online publication, arguing for closer institutional ties between the United Kingdom and her protectorates. I came across a vacancy at FOTBOT shortly afterwards and consider it a privilege to now be working at the heart of this dynamic organisation. Currently enjoying student life in Scotland, I hope to bring a truly national perspective to my post, combined with valuable experience accrued while volunteering with a number of other charities.

Adam Gale - Life Membership & Donor Club Coordinator

After being interested in the British Overseas Territories for a number of years I thought it was time that I started to do something more active to support them here in Britain, so became involved in FOTBOT. I'm looking forward in my role as acting membership secretary in continuing to expand our interested and active membership, and in turn increase awareness of FOTBOT here in Britain and in the overseas territories themselves.

Promoting, Supporting and Increasing Awareness


Britain's Overseas Territories

Friends of the British Overseas Territories, Registered Charity No 1156763

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