Educated at St Paul’s School/Queen’s College Oxford University, John’s career has been in international finance/trading/energy with Standard Chartered, Paribas, Trafigura and Vitol. In March 2011, John left Vitol to pursue interests in NGO sector and recently completed his MSc in Development Studies/Social Anthropology at Birkbeck College, London. In addition to being Chairman/Treasurer of Ace Africa, John is a trustee of Tree Aid and non-parental board member of Unicorn School.
After a childhood in Africa and a History degree from Exeter University, David Montgomery has added a decent track record as a businessman and entrepreneur to a successful career as a soldier. During his Army service David filled some critical staff and training appointments world-wide and enjoyed key commands at every level culminating with 7th Armoured Brigade – the Desert Rats. With further diversification as MD of a training company he founded in 2005 – sold last year – he provided award winning leadership and communications training to some 55,000 students. David’s pro bono work includes advice to retiring service personnel, sponsorship of schoolchildren in Africa, and trusteeship of the Royal British Legion Industries.
Chris is a solicitor at Russell-Cooke and specialises in advising charities and social businesses on operational and governance matters. Chris joined the board of Ace Africa (UK) in February 2013 and is chair of the Finance and Governance Committee. He is also vice-chair of a local environmental group in South London. Chris is a keen cyclist, having cycled the length of Africa on a ride from Cornwall to Cape Town in 2010/2011, passing through both Kenya and Tanzania, and in 2013 he rode the inaugural Ride London-Surrey 100 mile cycle race to raise money for Ace Africa.
Fran Howard was a financial executive in the mining industry for 25 years and later served in non-executive capacities in the health service and other industries. He was chairman of AMREF in the UK from 1991 to 1999 and a director of AMREF in Kenya for 12 years until 2003 before joining the Ace Africa team in 2004 and setting up ACE Africa UK in 2005. He has been an integral part of the Ace team since 2005 and was Chairman between 2012-2013. As one of Ace’s longest standing supporters, Fran is directly in charge of the invaluable Emergency and Truck Funds which provide vital support to our programmes on the ground.
Kedge has more than twenty-five years’ experience in strategy and operational leadership in international political, not-for-profit and commercial organisations, with a particular focus on start-up, organisational turn-around and growth. Kedge was previously CEO of WellChild, a national paediatric charity. During her time, Kedge expanded the organisation’s reach into care, support and education programmes for chronically sick children and their families. Most recently, Kedge was CEO of Sentebale, Prince Harry’s charity for African Orphans and vulnerable children in Lesotho, and is also a founding member of TRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry’s Charities Forum. Kedge has recently founded Longbow, creating tailored programmes for people navigating transitional stages in their lives. Kedge has a number of non-executive roles in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors including School Governor and advisor to the Samaritans.
Mark Chamberlen graduated in 1988 from the University of Wales with a BA Hons in English and Drama and is currently a Director in London based executive search firm CT Partners. Having known Ace Founder Joe Waddington for many years, he has been involved with Ace Africa since its inception, becoming a trustee in December 2011. Additionally, Mark is a qualified business coach and ex Paralympic skier.
Neha was born and raised in Kenya and is passionate about African development and growth. She has over 15 years of experience in international finance spanning accounting, investment banking and private equity. Neha has worked with senior leaders on a wide range of strategic, financial and investment related issues, having worked with leading financial institutions such as KPMG, Dresdner Kleinwort, Lexicon Partners, Norfund and Actis in UK, Europe, Africa and the Americas. Neha is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAEW), holds a degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD (Distinction).
Before joining as a trustee, Genevieve interned with the Fundraising and Communications team at Ace while completing her Masters degree in Politics and Communications at the LSE. She has previously been involved in charities including the Lions Club, Rotary Club and Action Tutoring and was a founding member and secretary of the youth branch of the Leo Club in her home country of Seychelles. She currently works at MHP Communications and holds an undergraduate degree in Politics and Economics from SOAS where she focused on the economic and political development of sub-Saharan Africa.