WPAC Biographies

Iain Ferguson
Peter Apps
Professor Colin Blakemore
Nicholas Colloff
Louise Harvey
Sir John Holmes
Bridget Kendall
Sir Michael Leigh
Marcus Lenzen
Lesley-Anne Long
Rt Hon Baroness Lindsay Northover
Baroness Margaret Prosser
Paola Subacchi
Owen Tudor
Rob van den Berg
Professor Myles Wickstead
Tom Woods



Iain Ferguson - cropped 97x97 (v2)Iain Ferguson CBE

Iain is the Chairman of Wilton Park, Berensden plc, Stobart Group Ltd, Hallmarq Ltd and a Non-executive Director of Balfour Beatty plc. He was Chief Executive of Tate & Lyle PLC from 2003 until 2010, past President of the Food and Drink Federation, and Past President of the Institute of Grocery Distribution. He is also Governor Emeritus of the British Nutrition Foundation.

He has served on a number of public/governmental bodies, including the Health & Safety Commission quinquennial review, the DTI Foresight Panel, the Board of Companies House (1989 – 1996), the Board of Rothamsted Research Ltd (1996 – 2005), as a Commissioner on the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food (2001 – 2002) and as Lead Non-Executive Director on the Supervisory Board of Defra (2010-2015). Iain joined Unilever in 1977 as a trainee following graduation from St Andrews University.

His early career included roles in operations, sales and industrial marketing. In 1988 he became Chairman of Plant Breeding International and in 1992 his role expanded to include Chairmanship of the Unilever Plantation Group. He moved to be Chairman of Birds Eye Walls in 1995 and then Senior Vice President Corporate Development for Unilever plc and NV in April 2001. Iain served as a Non-Executive Director of Sygen International plc from 2002 until 2006 and of Greggs plc from 2009 until 2014.

In the June 2003 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, Mr Ferguson was awarded a CBE for services to the food industry.

Peter Apps

Peter Apps is political risk correspondent for Reuters news agency, writing on a range of major global issues from cyber security to economics as well as the assorted obsessions and news stories of the day.

He previously reported for Reuters from Johannesburg covering southern Africa as well as Sri Lanka during the outbreak of the last round of its civil war before breaking his neck in a car crash on assignment in September 2006.

Returning to work in London, Mr Apps covered emerging markets during the turmoil of 2008-2009 before taking on his current role. Now almost certainly the world’s most disabled journalist/foreign correspondent, he divides his time between London and Washington DC.

Professor Colin Blakemore

Colin Blakemore, FMedSci, Hon FRCP, Hon FRSM, Hon FSB, FRS, is Professor of Neuroscience & Philosophy at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and emeritus Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Oxford. He also holds honorary Professorships at Warwick and at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, where he was Chairman of the Neuroscience Research Partnership. From 2003-2007 he was Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council.

Professor Blakemore studied Medical Sciences at Cambridge, completing a PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. After working for 11 years in Cambridge, he moved to Oxford as Waynflete Professor of Physiology in 1979, and from 1996-2003 he was also Director of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience. In 2012 he moved to the School of Advanced Study in London. His research has been concerned with many aspects of vision, development and plasticity of the brain, and the neurodegenerative disorder, Huntington’s disease. He has been a Visiting Fellow or Professor in the USA, France, China, Singapore, Italy, the Czech Republic, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands. He now leads a major project that seeks to integrate philosophical and scientific approached to human perception.

Professor Blakemore has been President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, the British Neuroscience Association, the Physiological Society and the Biosciences Federation (now the Society of Biology). He is a frequent broadcaster on radio and television, and writes books and articles about science for a general audience. He has won many prizes for both his research and his work in the public communication of science, including the Michael Faraday and David Ferrier Prizes of the Royal Society.

Nicholas Colloff 97x97pxNicholas Colloff OBE

Nicholas Colloff is Executive Director of the Argidius Foundation that supports enterprise led approaches to poverty reduction in Africa and Latin America. He was the Director of Strategy and Innovation at OXFAM GB and founding chair of its Small Enterprise Impact Investing Fund.

He is a serial social entrepreneur having helped to develop new organisations in the field of work with people in prison, micro finance (including founding two banks in Eastern Europe) and in mental health and development.

Louise Harvey (2) 97x97pxLouise Harvey OBE MVO

Louise Harvey is Chair of the global business advisory firm FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications practice in Brussels. She has 30 years experience in public affairs, government relations and communications consultancy and has lived and worked on three continents. She currently works with a team drawn from 23 nationalities.

Before moving into consultancy, Louise worked for 13 years for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.  She had diplomatic postings to Kuala Lumpur, Dar es Salaam and The Hague and worked in departments in London focusing on European affairs. She was awarded an MVO in 1979.

Louise has strong international management expertise having run public relations and public affairs businesses in The Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. She was the first female President of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium in the 102-year history of the Chamber. During her tenure, it was awarded ‘Chamber of the Year’ against a field of 40 chambers across Europe. She is currently a member of the Board of Amcham EU which speaks for American business committed to Europe on trade, investment and competitiveness issues. Louise was awarded an OBE for services to British business in Belgium in 2004.

Louise is a Member of the Independent Monitoring Board of the Short Term Holding Facility in Dover. She was appointed to the Advisory Council of Wilton Park, an executive agency of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, in June 2016.

Sir John Holmes

Sir John Holmes GCVO, KBE, CMG is the Chair of the Electoral Commission and co-chair of the International Rescue Committee UK. He is the former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. A career diplomat, he has served the British government for more than thirty years and has extensive experience on conflict.

Having worked on the Lebanon and Middle East peace processes, he was awarded a knighthood in 1998 primarily for his role in the Northern Ireland Peace Process and the Good Friday Agreement. He served as Private Secretary (Overseas Affairs) to John Major before becoming Principal Private Secretary to Tony Blair in 1997.

Bridget Kendall 97x97pxBridget Kendall MBE

Bridget Kendall is the first female Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge University’s oldest College.

Prior to taking up her appointment earlier this year, she was the BBC’s award winning Diplomatic Correspondent, covering major international news for BBC radio, television and online. She is also former BBC Washington correspondent and was the BBC’s Moscow correspondent during the collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. She speaks fluent Russian, has twice interviewed President Putin and maintains a close interest in Russia and East/West relations.

Among her awards are the James Cameron Award for distinguished journalism and an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen in the 1994 New Year’s Honours list. She is also presenter of The Forum for BBC radio, a weekly discussion programme which explores new ideas and research from around the world.

Sir Michael Leigh

Sir Michael Leigh is Senior Adviser to the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in Brussels, which aims to promote trans-Atlantic and wider international cooperation on foreign policy issues. He is a Board Member of the Salzburg Global Seminar, Wilton Park, and the Foundation for Effective Governance in Kiev.

Sir Michael’s research and writing focuses in particular, on the future of the European Union and the Eurozone; enlargement and Eastern partnership, particularly Ukraine; Turkey’s relations with the EU and their common neighbourhood; Europe’s response to political change in the Mediterranean and Middle East; and energy questions in the eastern Mediterranean. He also has an interest in the growing international role of China and Brazil.

Sir Michael became Director-General for Enlargement at the European Commission in 2006, after serving for three years as External Relations Deputy Director-General with responsibility for European Neighbourhood Policy, relations with Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East and the Mediterranean countries. Previously, he was Chief Negotiator with the Czech Republic and other candidate countries.

He took on his current role after more than 30 years in EU institutions, including as a Cabinet Member for various Commissions and as Director in the Task Force for the EU Accession Negotiations. He contributed to the development of the Single Market and the Common Fisheries Policy.

Sir Michael began his career as Assistant Professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy and Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Marcus Lenzen

Marcus Lenzen joined the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in 2009. He is currently the Peacebuilding Policy and Programme Advisor, United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office and leads an update of DFID’s policy on building peace and stability. Previous DFID roles included lead Conflict Adviser in Nigeria and policy lead on multilateral peacebuilding institutions. Marcus held prior positions on development, peacebuilding and transitional justice with UNDP and GIZ. He has worked in and on a range of countries including the Balkans, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Timor Leste, Guatemala and Peru. In 2013/14, he was a Visiting Fellow at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and has served in other advisory roles e.g. on research programmes of Oxford University and the International Center for Transitional Justice. He holds an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA in Politics, Modern History, and Applied Cultural Studies from the University of Muenster (Germany).

Lesley-Anne Long

Lesley-Anne is the Director of the Digital Health Initiative at PATH in Washington DC. The Digital Health Initiative brings together private sector technology companies, national governments, and nongovernmental organisations to scale successful digital health innovations around the world.

She is a progressive and innovative thinker, experienced in driving transformative change through inclusive collaboration. She works with senior level decision-makers and thought-leaders in international development to deliver high impact programs, and to advocate for sustainable change in global health systems, at both the national and community level.

Lesley-Anne is a former family law Barrister, the founder and Director of HEAT (Health Education and Training) in Africa (which was nominated for a Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2013), a former Dean at The Open University in the UK, and was the first CEO of the Africa Justice Foundation.

Baroness Lindsay Northover

Rt Hon Baroness Lindsay Northover is Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs for the Liberal Democrats and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Angola and Zambia. She was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of International Development (DFID), and Minister for Africa, 2014-15, in the Coalition Government. Prior to that she served in a number of Government departments, including the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Health, the Department for Education, the Department for Energy and Climate Change, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Government Equalities Office, as well as serving as Lead Government Spokesperson for DFID from 2010-14.

Lindsay Northover is an Honorary Associate Professor at the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College. She is a former Member of Council of the Overseas Development Institute, Trustee of the Tropical Health and Education Trust, Trustee of UNICEF UK and Trustee of the Liberal Democrats. Her first degree is from Oxford University, and her Master’s and PhD are from Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania in the USA. Lindsay Northover was formerly a Lecturer at University College London and the Wellcome Institute.

Baroness Margaret Prosser

Baroness Prosser has been an active member of the then Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU) for a number of years, having started working for the union as a local organiser in 1983 before becoming National Women’s Secretary, involved in the promotion of equalities both nationally and internationally. In 1998 Baroness Prosser was elected Deputy General Secretary of the TGWU, a position she held until her retirement in 2002.

In 2002 Baroness Prosser was appointed to chair the Women’s National Commission and led the UK delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. She stood down from the Women’s National Commission in 2006 following her appointment as Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, a position the Baroness held until 2012.

Baroness Prosser is currently Deputy Chair of the Trustees of the Industry and Parliament Trust, which brings together parliamentarians and businesses to facilitate a greater understanding of each other’s worlds. The Baroness is also a member of the House of Lords Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Paola SubacchiPaola Subacchi

Paola Subacchi is the Director of International Economics Research at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) in London. She is an expert on the functioning and governance of the international financial and monetary systems, and advises governments, international organisations, non-profits, and corporations. She is a media commentator with the BBC, Project Syndicate, the Financial Times, and writes a regular column for Foreign Policy and Huffington Post Italy. She is the author of The People’s Money. How China is building a global currency (Columbia University Press, 2017).

Paola is also a visiting professor at the University of Bologna, a non-executive director of the FTSE-listed company Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Plc, a governor of St Marylebone School in London and an advisory member of Wilton Park (FCO). An Italian national, she studied at Università Bocconi in Milan and at the University of Oxford. In 2016 she was awarded the honour Cavaliere della Stella d’Italia.

Owen Tudor

Owen Tudor is a member of the TUC’s Senior Management Team, as Head of the TUC’s European Union and International Relations Department, a position he has held since 2003. Since he joined the TUC in 1984, Mr Tudor has dealt with training policy, the arts, education, youth organisation, social security, disability, health and safety, industrial injury benefits and rehabilitation. Mr Tudor represented the TUC on the Social Security Advisory Committee from 1991 to 1997, on the Lord Chancellor’s Civil Justice Council from 1998 to 2001, the Health and Safety Commission (1998-2004) and the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council from 1990 to 2004. He is a Director of the Ethical Trading Initiative and the Steering Group of the Robin Hood Tax Campaign, as well as a member of the Wilton Park advisory committee.

He is a substitute member of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Executive Committee and Steering Committee and of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) General Council and Executive Bureau and is the Secretary of the TUC’s charitable international development arm, TUC Aid.

Mr Tudor was educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, where he gained a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) in 1982.

Rob van den Berg

Rob is the President of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS). He has worked in various positions in international development with the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Global Environment Facility, the European Commission and more recently as Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies in the UK as well as Visiting Professor at King’s College London. He is a senior advisor to the Climate Investment Funds and the Green Climate Fund. From 2004 to 2014 Rob was the Director of the Independent Evaluation Office of the GEF at the World Bank in Washington. He was chairman of the OECD/DAC Evaluation Network in 2003 and 2004.

Rob has co-edited six books and published more than 25 articles on various aspects of policy formulation, research, evaluation, history and international development cooperation. He holds an MA in contemporary history from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.

Professor Myles Wickstead CBE

Myles has had a long career in the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He has inter alia been Head of DFID’s European Community and Food Aid Department and Head of the British Development Division in Eastern Africa, responsible for British Government development programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. He coordinated the 1997 Government White Paper ‘Eliminating World Poverty: A Challenge for the 21st Century’; served on the Board of the World Bank (and as Development Counsellor at the British Embassy) in Washington; and was British Ambassador to Ethiopia, Djibouti and the African Union. He was from early 2004 to late 2005 Head of Secretariat to the Commission for Africa (CfA). The Commission’s Report ‘Our Common Interest’ formed the basis of the G8 Gleneagles Communique on Africa.

Having left Government service in late 2005, Myles is now Visiting Professor (International Relations) at King’s College London and Associate Professor at the University of Exeter. He is Non-Executive Director at ‘Development Initiatives’ and on the Advisory Board of IPE Africa. He is a member of the Advisory Council of Wilton Park; Honorary Vice-President of VSO; and is on the Boards of a number of other NGOs, Trusts and Foundations. His book ‘Aid and Development: A Brief Introduction’ was published by Oxford University Press in June 2015.

Myles has degrees from the Universities of St Andrews (MA First Class Honours) and Oxford (M.Litt), and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Leeds Met University, the Open University and the University of Ulster in recognition of his work on international development and Africa. In the New Year’s Honours 2006 he was appointed CBE.

Tom Woods

Tom is President of the Washington, DC based consulting firm Woods International, LLC. The firm creates public and private collaboration in support of economic growth and sustainable development in emerging markets. Woods International advises US Fortune 500 companies, international non-governmental organizations, and emerging technology companies across a range of sectors.

He also serves as the Chairman of the Wilton Park USA Foundation and hosts the Washington Hub of Wilton Park.  The Foundation and the Hub work to expand Wilton Park’s outreach in the US through events and funding partnerships.

Tom served as the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa (2004-2006) and led US engagement with 25 countries in west and southern Africa.  He also led US economic policy towards Africa. He also served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa at the US Agency for International Development (2002-2004).

He earned a BA in International Studies and economics with highest honours from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.