Governors

WFD has an independent Board of Governors appointed by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. With effect from 1st April 2013, the Board includes four independently recruited Governors reflecting the range of WFD’s interests, and six Governors representing all UK political parties (two from the Conservative Party, two from the Labour Party, one SNP, and one representative of the Multi-Party Office).

Sir Henry Bellingham MP, Chair

Sir Henry Bellingham was first elected as  Member of Parliament for North West Norfolk in 1983.

Between 1983 and 2003 he served on three different select committees – Environment, Northern Ireland and Trade & Industry.  From 2002 to 2005, Sir Henry served as Shadow Minister for Small Businesses, Enterprise and Construction and then from 2005 to 2006 in the Whip’s Office. From 2006 to 2010, he was Shadow Minister for Legal Services, the Court Service, the Judiciary and Family Law.  After the coalition government was formed in May 2010, Sir Henry joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and up until September 2012 served as the Minister for Africa, the Caribbean, Overseas Territories, the UN and conflict issues. Since leaving Government Henry was appointed Co-Chairman, with Sir David Wootton, of the London 2015 Legal Forum. This Davos style event showcased UK legal services and celebrated 800 years of the Magna Carta.

Andrew Rosindell

Andrew Rosindell MP

Andrew Rosindell is the Conservative Member of Parliament for the constituency of Romford in Essex.

Andrew was formerly a Shadow Home Affairs Minister with special responsibility for Animal Welfare, having previously served as one of Her Majesty’s Opposition Whips and Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party. In June 2010 Andrew was elected to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee in the House of Commons. He was appointed as a Governor of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy in July 2010.

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP

Rt Hon Jeffrey Donaldson has been the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Member of Parliament for Lagan Valley in Northern Ireland since 1997. 

In 1985 he was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, with the distinction of being the youngest person ever to win a seat at Stormont. He is a leading figure in the Northern Ireland peace process and was a senior member of the Unionist negotiating team in the constitutional talks that led to the ‘Good Friday’ Agreement in 1998.  In 2003 he was re-elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly and, following the renewal of devolution, became Chairman of the Assembly and Executive Review Committee and Leader of the DUP delegation on the Northern Ireland Policing Board. He subsequently became a Minister in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister with special responsibility for co-ordinating the business of the Northern Ireland Executive as well as relations with the European Union. At present he is Chief Whip of the DUP in the House of Commons.

Rushanara Ali MP

Rushanara Ali was elected Labour Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow in May 2010.

Rushanara has served on the Labour front bench as both Shadow Minister for International Development and Shadow Minister for Education. She was also a member of the Treasury Select Committee until the last General Election. Prior to becoming an MP, she worked as Associate Director at the Young Foundation, the Home Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Institute for Public Policy and Research.

Dame Margaret Hodge MP

Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge has been Labour Member of Parliament for Barking since 1994. She is the former Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, the first female and elected person to take that role.

She held numerous roles throughout her career including Minister of State for Children, young people and families, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Industry and the region, Department for Work and Pensions and Education and Skills. In 2010 she was elected as the first Chair of the Public Accounts Committee and sat on the Liaison Committee. Margaret’s interests include public finances, education, local government, housing, inner cities, democratic reform and London government.

Simon Walker

Simon Walker was, until early 2017, Director General of the Institute of Directors. He previously served as Chief Executive of the BVCA, the organisation that represents British private equity and venture capital, from October 2007 to March 2011.

Between 2003 and 2007 Simon worked at Reuters as Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing.  He was Communications Secretary to HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace from 2000 to 2003 and earlier served as Director of Corporate Affairs at British. From 1996-1997 Simon worked as a special adviser in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street.

He is currently lead non-executive on the Board of the Department of International Trade, as well as Chairman of the Global Network of Director Institutes and adviser to a number of UK and international businesses and organisations.  Simon was born in South Africa, and has worked as a journalist and consultant in New Zealand, Belgium and the UK.

Sue Inglish

Sue Inglish was Head of Political Programmes for BBC News from 2005 to 2015 responsible for the BBC’s political, parliamentary and election news, programmes and digital content. She chaired the committee of broadcasters and politicians which negotiated the first Prime Ministerial election debates in the UK.

Before working at the BBC, Sue was the senior foreign editor and deputy editor of Channel 4 News from 1988 to 1997. She chairs the board of the International News Safety Institute, a charity working for the safety of journalists around the world, and is vice-chair of the board of trustees of Reach South, a multi-academy Trust.

Thomas Hughes

Since 2013 Thomas Hughes has been the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, an international human rights organisation focusing on freedom of expression and information. 

Thomas is also the founder and former Director of the social purpose enterprises, Diversity, an international advertising network for online news media from Human Rights repressed countries, and VirtualRoad.org, a secure hosting service that protects the websites of civil society organisations. For the past 15 years Thomas has worked on human rights and sustainable development issues, including as Deputy Director of the Copenhagen-based press freedom organisation, International Media Support (IMS) between 2003 and 2009, as well as previously for the European Commission, United Nation and OSCE.