The Team

As a charity we are built up of a president, trustees, advisors, committee and down to volunteers.

President

Albert Poggio OBE 

Trustees

Simon Leary

Andrew Fox

Advisors

Andrew Rosindell MP

Gregory Rodwell

Laveen Ladharam

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Andrew Fox, Chair of the Trustees

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Fotbot team hosts Chagos islanders in the Houses of Parliament

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Philip Smith

Chief Executive

philip.smith@fotbot.org 

What interests you about the organisation?

I founded FOTBOT in 2013 to develop relationships with British Overseas Territory (BOT) Citizens, especially students studying in the UK with the objective of establishing a sustainable project promoting BOT interests and supporting its young people. I am passionate about developing skills for younger people in particular providing coaching and mentoring to those without the necessary tools to help themselves. We are always on the lookout for active volunteers so please do get in touch if you would like to support the continued development of our services.

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Robert Midgley

Public Relations Manager

Robert.Midgley@fotbot.org

Why did you join?

While doing some journalism work in Gibraltar I became increasingly aware of its political issues as well as its citizens needs. I soon found similar issues existed across the other Overseas Territories, and wanted to help using my multi-media skills with building awareness around not just the political side but also the diversity and vast cultures existing, without us knowing.

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Matthew Jones

Membership Secretary

Mathew.Jones@fotbot.org

My association with FOTBOT was born from my sincere desire to support the Overseas Territories in their growth and journey to self governance. The territories have a unique set of challenges as well as assets and it is my hope that I can play some small part in supporting them as well as encouraging others to do so as well.

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Anja Junges

Charity Secretary

Anja.Junges@fotbot.org
As a German foreigner who has been living in the UK for almost 8 years I have been committed to learn about British culture, politics and heritage since day one. I became aware of the Commonwealth and its heritage very quickly whereas it took me a while to discover the importance of the British Overseas Territories as unfortunately the average British person does not know a lot about these territories at all. This is exactly why I want to learn as much as possible about the BOTs whilst helping to increase public awareness and promote a closer relationship between Britain and its Overseas Territories.

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Ritchie Hardcastle

Events Co-ordinator

Ritchie.Hardcastle@fotbot.org

The British Overseas Territories have played a huge part in British History, i’ve been incredibly interested to learn about the distinct differences, cultures and traditions between them. I feel as though the BOT’s are incredibly unrepresented today and that FOTBOT is the way we can change that.

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Ben Brickley

Research Analyst

Ben.Brickley@fotbot.org

I have had a vested interest in the British Overseas Territories from a very young age. I believe that it is important for Britain to maintain strong links with it’s Overseas Territories which is why I joined FOTBOT. I have been actively involved in international social policy research for a few years now and decided to use my experience to help FOTBOT raise awareness on issues relating to the Overseas Territories.    


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Jenny Webb

Research Analyst

Over the last few years I have developed an interest in the British Overseas Territories through my partner's family connections to the island of Anguilla and my role with FOTBOT will give me the opportunity to learn more about all the other Territories. My career as a scientist gives me a particular interest in scientific research and biodiversity and as a steel pan tutor and arranger I also have an enthusiasm for the culture and traditions, particularly those of the Caribbean Territories. I'm keen to write about and promote all the Territories and am looking forward to building on my current knowledge and understanding.