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Senior Staff

Sir John HOLMES, GCVO, KBE, CMG (2010-) Sir John Holmes
Formerly: Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the United Nations, New York (2007-2010); Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1973-2007): HM Ambassador, France (2001-2007); HM Ambassador, Portugal (1999-2001); Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Tony Blair (1997-1999); Private Secretary (Overseas Affairs) and diplomatic adviser to Prime Minister John Major (1996-1997); Head, European Union Department (External) (1995); Political, then Economic and Commercial, Counsellor, New Delhi (1991-1995); Secondment to Thomas De La Rue (1989-1991); Assistant Head, Soviet Department (1987-1989); First Secretary (Economic and European issues), Paris (1984-1987); Assistant Private Secretary to Foreign Secretary (Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America) (1982-1984). Near East and North Africa Department (1978-1982); Third Secretary, then Second Secretary, Moscow (1976-1978).

Currently: Chair of the International Rescue Committee - UK; Council Member, Radley College; Executive Committee member, The Pilgrims.

Author of "The Politics of Humanity", published March 2013.

Born 1951.  Married Penny (née Morris) 1976.  3 daughters: Sarah (b.1981), Lucy (b.1982), Emilie (b.1985).

Education: Preston Grammar School (1962-9); Balliol College, Oxford (1969-73).

Colonel (Retd) Michael MONTAGU (2012-)Colonel Mike Montagu
Formerly: Chief Operating Officer and Project Manager in international sales with Sodexo (2010-2012); Chief of Staff, Defence Academy Shrivenham (2007-2010); Defence Attaché Rome (2003-2006); UK Liaison Officer to US Joint Forces Command, Virginia USA (1999-2001); Commanding Officer First Battalion The Light Infantry, Cyprus (1979-1999); other regimental and staff appointments included service in Iraq, Northern Ireland, Germany, Gibraltar, Kenya and the MOD in addition to military education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, the Royal Military College of Science, the Army Staff College and the Centre for Higher Defence Studies, Rome (2002-2003).
Born 1956.  Married to Caroline with 3 sons.
Educated at Pocklington School, and the Universities of Exeter and Westminster.