Board of Trustees
President of the Charity
General Sir Hugh Beach, GBE, KCB, MC
hugh.beach [at] vertic.org
General Sir Hugh Beach has had a distinguished military career with the British Corps of Royal Engineers which included seeing action in France in 1944 and in Java in 1946.
During the 1960’s he commanded an engineer regiment and an infantry brigade in Germany. He was later Director of the Army Staff Duties at the Ministry of Defence, Commandant of the Army Staff College at Camberley, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of United Kingdom Land Forces and ended his military career as Master General of the Ordnance between 1977 and 1981.
Sir Hugh then went on to serve as Warden of St. George House, Windsor Castle (1981-1986), vice-Lord Lieutenant of Greater London (1981-1987), Chief Royal Engineer (1982-1987) and member of the Security Commission (1982-1991). He also chaired the Ministry of Defence Study Groups on Censorship in War (1983) and Education in the Army (1984). Sir Hugh now researches and advises on defence policy, arms control and disarmament, and promotes concerns about ethical issues of peace and war.
In addition to being a member of VERTIC’s Board of Directors, he serves in the same capacity for the Council for Christian Approaches to Defence, ACRONYM Institute, and the British Pugwash Group. He also lectures and has published extensively.
Chair of the Board
Dr. Edwina Moreton, OBE
Dr Edwina Moreton was formerly the Diplomatic Editor and Deputy Foreign Editor of The Economist. She has written for the newspaper on a wide range of security-policy issues, spanning mostly Europe, North America and Asia, as well as on arms control and proliferation, international justice, human rights and the United Nations.
She was a post-doctoral Harkess Fellow at the Center for International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1976-78), taught Soviet Politics and Comparative Communist Government at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (1978-80) and joined The Economist in 1980. She has previously been a member of Council at the IISS and at Chatham House, and a member of the Academic Council of Wilton Park.
She currently also serves on the Programme Committee of the Ditchley Park conferences, the European Advisory Group of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Board of the Centre for Studies in Security and Diplomacy, University of Birmingham.
She holds a BA in Modern Lanuages (German and Russian) from the University of Bradford, an M.Sc in Political Science from the University of Strathclyde, and a PhD in Soviet and East European Studies from the University of Glasgow.
The Rt. Hon. James Arbuthnot
james.arbuthnot [at] vertic.org
The Rt Hon James Arbuthnot has been a Member of the UK Parliament since 1987, occupying a range of eminent posts in Government and Opposition over a distinguished career. He is currently Chairman of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee, a post he has held since 2005. He served as a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee from 2001-2003 and was Minister of State for Defence Procurement from 1995-97. He is a member of the Top Level Group of Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.
Professor Wyn Bowen
wyn.bowen [at] vertic.org
Wyn Bowen is Professor of Non-Proliferation & International Security and Director of the Centre for Science & Security Studies, in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London.
In 1994 he spent five months as a Center Associate of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Studies, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. Wyn Bowen received his PhD (1997) and MA (1992) from the University of Birmingham, and a BA (Hons) from the University of Hull (1991). From September 2005 until August 2007 he was Professor of International Security in the Defence Studies Department at King's College.
In 1997-98 he served as a weapons inspector on several missile teams in Iraq with the UN Special Commission and has also worked as a consultant to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Wyn Bowen served as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons' Foreign Affairs Committee for inquiries into 'The Decision to go to War with Iraq,' (2003) and 'Weapons of Mass Destruction,' (2000).
He has written widely on proliferation and security related issues and was founding co-editor (2001-2003) of the journal Defence Studies. Prior to joining the College he spent two years as a Senior Research Associate of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies California.
Lord Desmond Browne of Ladyton
des.browne [at] vertic.org
Lord Desmond Browne of Ladyton is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Kilmarnock and Loudoun from 1997 to 2010. He was a member of the Cabinet of the United Kingdom under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and served as Defence and Scottish Secretary of State in 2008. He is the current Convenor of the Top Level Group of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation.
Dr. Owen Greene
owen.greene [at] vertic.org
Owen Greene is the Chair of Management Board at the University of Bradford’s Centre for International Cooperation and Security. He is the author or co-author of 9 books and over 180 research articles, reports or book chapters, plus editor or co-editor of over 15 books, on questions relating to: arms export controls and supplier regimes (including EU, Wassenaar Arrangements, MTCR and NSG) and non-proliferation regimes; arms transparency and confidence-building measures; small arms and light weapons; conflict prevention; democratic governance, security, international assistance and co-operation in conflict-prone regions; security sector reform; regional security (especially Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia); and the development, implementation and effectiveness of international and regional co-operative arrangements relating to international security and international environmental problems.
He has directed and co-directed numerous research projects relevant to this field, and is the Director of the Consultancy contract on 'Conflict, Security and Development' (CSD), between the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and Bradford University's Centre for International Cooperation and Security, the major framework contract for providing DFID (and the other 'conflict prevention pool ministries - FCO and MoD) with expert advice and research consultancies on issues relating to conflict, security and development, including conflict reduction and prevention, small arms reduction and control, security sector reform, post-conflict peace-building, assistance to war-torn regions, confidence-building measures and illicit trafficking.
Dr Greene is an internationally recognised expert on issues of conflict and security, and is in high demand as a consultant or special advisor for the UN, OSCE, EU, UK and many governments and multilateral policy negotiations and meetings on such issues. Recent research and responsibilities have included Consultant to the UN, EU, and OSCE on small arms, leader of EU Council mission to Cambodia on co-operation in tackling small arms; Team leader for FCO scoping study on conflict prevention in the Western Balkans; Scoping Study on Security Sector reform in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr Greene has extensive and recent experience with conducting and overseeing projects relating to conflict and conflict prevention in West Africa, East Africa, Balkans, and South Asia as well as in Central and East Asia and Southern Africa
Mr. Nicholas Sims
nicholas.sims [at] vertic.org
Nicholas Sims is Emeritus Reader in International Relations at the London School of Economics and a leading expert on the Biological Weapons Convention. His publications include Sims, Nicholas A. (2009) The future of biological disarmament: strengthening the treaty ban on weapons. Routledge, London, UK and Sims, Nicholas A. (2006) 'Legal constraints on biological weapons' in: Wheelis, Mark and Rozsa, Lajos and Dando, Malcolm, (eds.) Deadly cultures: biological weapons since 1945. Harvard University Press, Cambridge Mass., USA, pp. 329-354. ISBN 0674016998.