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Board of Ace Africa UK

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David Montgomery
Anne-Gabrielle Starkloff
Christopher Rowse
Emma Swain
Fran Howard
Lucy Demery
Nina Beale
Nishit Ruparelia
Simon Curtis

David Montgomery

Chairman
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.

Anne-Gabrielle Starkloff

Starkloff_Anne-Gabrielle_v_highAnne-Gabrielle is a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where she supports organisations on questions of strategy, with an emphasis on Digital and Analytics projects. She has been involved as a volunteer in several charities creating opportunities for children in the UK, Madagascar and France. Before moving to Consulting, Anne-Gabrielle had a career in Financial Markets in London. She holds a Masters in Engineering from Ecole Centrale Paris, an MSc in Finance & Economics from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from INSEAD. She is also a CFA Charterholder.

Christopher Rowse

Christopher RowseChris 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. 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.

Emma Swain

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Emma is a global communications consultant with over a decade’s experience, specialising in health and international development. Emma spent eight years working for award-winning PR, digital and advertising agencies, where she was the strategic lead for clients including Pfizer, Boots Pharmacy and GSK.
Emma then moved into the third sector, heading up communications for Sightsavers and HelpAge International, to influence policy change across Africa and Asia. As a consultant, Emma has also worked with clients including AbleChildAfrica, London International Development Centre and Samaritans.

Fran Howard

FH for ACEFran 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 Demery

Lucy DemeryLucy 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.

Nina Beale

Nina BealeNina is an executive coach who empowers high achieving, talented professionals at pivotal moments in their careers. Prior to becoming a coach, she spent 15 years in the investment management industry as an investment manager/analyst. Her work led her to Europe, Africa and the Middle East, where she engaged with hundreds of senior leaders and CEOs across many sectors on strategic decisions and the future directions of their firms. She has an MBA degree, is a CFA Charterholder and holds an undergraduate degree in finance. She is African born, has travelled extensively across the continent and has a deep understanding of the operating environment, challenges and opportunities facing the African continent.

Nishit Ruparelia

Nish is an investment banking professional with over 15 years experience in raising equity capital for corporate issuers across Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is currently the Co-founder of a corporate finance and investment consultancy firm based in London. Nish holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Simon Curtis

CURTIS_SIMON_246603_PhotographSimon 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.