Richard Smith is Chairman of the Trustees. He is Managing Director of the HR Smith Group, a world leader in search and rescue equipment for the aerospace industry. He has a longstanding interest in sub-Saharan Africa and founded Africa Research Institute to showcase ideas and initiatives that have worked on the continent.
Lord Flight of Worcester
Howard Flight was joint founder and managing director of Guinness Flight, an asset management house which merged in 1998 with Investec, the South African investment banking group. He is a director of Investec Asset Management, Metro Bank plc and a number of other companies.
Between 1997 and 2005, Howard was MP for Arundel & South Downs. He served during that period as Shadow Economic Secretary, Paymaster General and Chief Secretary to the Treasury. He was raised to the peerage in 2011.