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.
Educated in Mathematics at Warwick University, and a qualified accountant through his time at KPMG, David has gained extensive experience in the international development sector working as the Head of Finance for AfriKids and Amantani, and as an M&E consultant for a number of small NGOs. He has also recently completed an MSc in Development Management with the Open University.
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.
Lucy is a finance professional working with private equity, sovereign wealth funds and family offices. She is based in London and works extensively in Africa and Asia. Before her career in finance, Lucy was a corporate lawyer in New York. She holds a bachelor’s degree with first class honours from the London School of Economics, and a juris doctorate from Columbia Law School, where she was a Kent Scholar.
Simon works in a senior role within Compliance and Regulation at a large Investment Bank in London. He grew up in South Africa and went to School in Natal and attended the University of Cape Town (UCT). After completing his degree in Commerce at UCT, Simon qualified as a South African Chartered Accountant with Deloitte. Simon moved to London in the early 1990’s where he currently resides, he has worked for a number of Investment Banks in various roles in the Legal, regulatory and compliance areas. Simon is married with four sons and lives in South West London. He is a regular visitor to Africa and is very keen to get involved with Ace and assist the success of the organisation. He plans to visit their operations in Kenya shortly.