Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith
Chief Executive

Anthony joined Westminster Foundation for Democracy in August 2014. He is responsible for the overall direction and performance of WFD.

He has delegated authority from the Board for approval of programme proposals and helps to establish and manage relations with key stakeholders – funders, partner organisations and experts that implement WFD’s work. He is a member of the Foreign Secretary’s Advisory Group on Human Rights, the Board of the European Partnership for Democracy and the Board of Peace Direct

Anthony’s role in WFD builds on his international experience. He was previously a member of the Diplomatic Service and a civil servant. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1986, served in the Embassy in Madrid and worked on a range of European policy issues including the Balkans, trade policy and Common Foreign and Security Policy.

In 1996, he moved to the Department for International Development (DFID) where he worked on Environment Policy, Europe and Southern Africa, as well as being Private Secretary to Clare Short when she was Secretary of State for International Development.

Anthony returned to the FCO as Director for European Political Affairs from 2006-2008 before becoming International Relations Director at DFID from 2008-2014, responsible for DFID’s policy on EU development issues, DFID’s funding to the UN system and the Commonwealth, engagement with the G20 and G8, and relations with development partners.