Board of Trustees
President of the Charity
General Sir Hugh Beach, GBE, KCB, MC
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
Mr Peter Alvey
Peter Alvey has been the director of Aldatum Limited in London since 1995 and the Honorary Treasurer of the Worshipful Company of World Traders since April 2012.
He recently retired from the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales (ICAEW). As Head of Operations from 2009 to 2013, Mr. Alvey prepared the financial components of the Operational Plans for the Technical Strategy Directorate, produced monthly reports and quarterly forecasts, managed a team providing support for the governance and management of committees including the Fraud Advisory Panel. Prior to this position, he was also the Head of Technical Strategy Support from 2003 to 2009.
Prior to his work at ICAEW, he was an independent consultant in project management and IT roles for ten years and for twenty years at IBM UK, where his last position was Operations Support Manager.
Mr. Alvey is a member of the Anglo Omani Society, Bishopsgate Ward Club, City Livery Club, Coleman Street Ward Club, Confrerie du Sabre d’Or and a member of the Worshipful Company of World Traders since 2006.
Lord Desmond Browne of Ladyton
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.
Mr Oliver Colvile MP
Oliver Colvile has served as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport since 2010. He currently lives at the Millfields, formerly the old Royal Naval Hospital, in Plymouth. He is the Secretary of the All Party Political Group for the Built Environment, Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group with special responsibility for the Royal Marines, and a member of Northern Ireland Select Committee. He is a member of the Federation of Small Businesses and Institute of Directors and is a Director of the Enterprise Forum. Mr Colvile is also very interested in political reform in Africa and on topics of Defence and Energy.
Mr Colvile hails from a Naval family, as his father and maternal grandfather served in the Royal Navy and his uncle commanded the Royal Marine Garrison at Stonehouse. He became interested in politics at a young age when he became intrigued by how ideas could become laws and policies. He started his political career at 21, when he joined the Conservative Party as a Political Agent from 1980 to 1993, having worked for Dame Angela Rumbold. He set up his own communications business that specialized in regeneration and development in England.
He is also passionate about sports, in particular rugby, horseracing, and cricket. He is vice president of the Plymouth Cricket Club and is a season-ticket holder of the Plymouth Rugby Club.
Dr Owen Greene
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 Sverre Lodgaard
Sverre Lodgaard, a noted Norwegian political scientist, is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI). He specialises in peace research and international disarmament policy. Mr Lodgaard has used this experience to serve as an advisor of Norwegian delegations to international conferences on arms control and disarmament matters.
Previously, Mr Lodgaard has served in many directorships, including NUPI from 1997 to 2007, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), International Peace Institute (PRIO), from 1987 to 1992, and European Security and Disarmament Studies (SIPRI) from 1980 to 1986.
Mr Lodgaard is a widely published author. He has contributed to many esteemed journals, and published a number of books on security issues. His latest books are Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation: Towards a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World? (Routledge 2011) and In the Wake of the Arab Spring (Norwegian Academic Press, 2013)
He holds a Magister degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo (1971), with supporting degrees in Sociology and Economics.
Mr Lodgaard joined VERTIC’s board in February 2014.
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 is an Associate Fellow of the International Security Programme at Chatham House. She 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 Advisory Council of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life, Christ Church, Oxford.
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.
Ms Laura Rockwood
Laura Rockwood was appointed as Executive Director of the VCDNP as of 1 June 2015. She was most recently a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School Belfer Center Managing the Atom Project. Ms. Rockwood retired in November 2013 from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as the Section Head for Non-Proliferation and Policy Making in the Office of Legal Affairs, where she had served since 1985. Prior to working for the IAEA she was employed by the US Department of Energy as a trial attorney in radiation injury cases, and as counsel in general legal matters.
Laura Rockwood received a Juris Doctor degree in 1976 from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the State Bar of California and of the Washington DC Bar Association.
Mr Nicholas Sims
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.
Ms Lisa Tabassi
Lisa Tabassi has over twenty five years of experience serving in the legal offices of international intergovernmental organisations.
Ms Tabassi is currently the Head of Legal Services in the Secretariat of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, Austria. She previously held the position of Chief of the Legal Services Section of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) 2007-2014 and Legal Officer in the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) 1997-2007 and its Preparatory Commission 1993-1997. She has also worked in private law firms in the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States and in the Iran–United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague. Ms Tabassi regularly guest lectures and has contributed articles or book chapters to over 40 publications related to non-proliferation and disarmament or the law of international organisations. She holds an LLM from the University of Leiden, certification in International Nuclear Law from the University of Montpellier I and a BA in international relations from Schiller University Paris.
Ms Tabassi is a member of the American Society of International Law and the International Law Association (Austrian Branch).