Wilton Park Advisory Council (WPAC)
Purpose of the Advisory Council
The Wilton Park Advisory Council (WPAC) is led by the Chair of the main Wilton Park Board. Its task is to support Wilton Park programme development and to ensure it meets the highest intellectual standards and maintains its reputation as a global centre of excellence.
The Council consists of a wide range of experienced individuals drawn from members of parliament, the academic world, the media, trade unions, business, non-governmental organisations and institutions concerned with international relations.
Members are appointed for three years with the possibility of a second three year term. Open advertisements are placed in the press to attract new WPAC members.
The appointments are made by a panel including the Chair of the Wilton Park Board, on the advice of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO). Membership is not remunerated but reasonable travel and other expenses are reimbursed.
- Advise the Chair and the Chief Executive on the strategic direction of the Wilton Park programme;
- Provide practical experience, contacts and advice on partnerships with other organisations, including potential sources of intellectual support and revenue generation; and
- Provide advice and challenge to the FCDO as necessary.
- Advise the Chair, the Chief Executive and the Programme Directors on issues relevant to the Advisory Council member’s experience and expertise;
- Participate in appropriate conferences; and
- Promote awareness and support for Wilton Park within their professional networks; assisting in the identification of speakers and participants for individual events and help identify sources of funding.
The Advisory Council meets formally once a year and as sub groups focused on specific issues or topics. Members are also expected to be available for individual discussions, attendance at conferences, and consultation by telephone.
Advisory Council members
- The Rt Hon Gisela Stuart, Chair, Wilton Park
- General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE, Managing Partner of Wychwood Partners and Co-Chairman of Universal Defence & Security Solutions
- The Rt Hon the Lord Boateng, Chair, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor, Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, Vice President of the London Library and Trustee of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation
- Louise Harvey OBE MVO, Chair, Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting
- Marcus Lenzen FRSA, Peacebuilding Policy and Programme Advisor, United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office
- Lesley-Anne Long, President & CEO of GBCHealth
- Sue Middleton MBE, Vice President, Vaccines Division, GlaxoSmithKline
- The Rt Hon the Baroness Northover, MA, PhD, PC, Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs for the Liberal Democrats and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Angola and Zambia
- David Porter, Chief of Staff and Strategy for the Archbishop of Canterbury
- Catherine Royle, Political Advisor to the Commander at Joint Force Command Brunssum, NATO
- Mona Siddiqui OBE FRSE FRSA, Professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies, Assistant Principal for Religion and Society and Dean international for the Middle-East at the University of Edinburgh
- Shanker Singham, CEO of Competere Ltd
- Emma Sky OBE, Director of Yale World Fellows and Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute
- Rob van den Berg, Professor, King’s College London
- Sir Rob Wainwright KCMG, Senior Partner, Deloitte
- Dr Heather Williams, Lecturer, Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS), Kings College London
- Andrew Griffith Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs
- Tom Woods, Chairman, President, Woods International, LLC and Chair of the Wilton Park US Foundation
Representatives from the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO):