Board of Directors

Steve Price-Thomas OBE
Steve Price-Thomas OBEInterim Chair | Jamaica 85/86
Since 2004 Steve has been working for Oxfam, first as Country Director of Vietnam, then as G20/BRICSAM strategy manager and Deputy Advocacy and Campaigns Director: Southern Influencing. In 2016, Steve was appointed as Oxfam International’s Advocacy and Campaigns Director.

Steve worked at Project Trust from 1989 to 1993, first as a Desk Officer then as Senior Desk Officer. He left Coll to work in the Pacific for VSO, before becoming VSO’s Country Director for Vietnam. He then worked for the World Bank for just over four years, before taking up his post as Country Director of Vietnam for Oxfam.

Steve received an OBE for services to development in Vietnam in the 2011 New Year Honours List.

Douglas Alexander
Douglas Alexander
The Right Honourable Douglas Alexander is Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School and Visiting Professor at King’s College, London. He serves as a Council Member on the European Council of Foreign Relations. Douglas is also Strategic Adviser to Pinsent Masons and Adviser to U2 Frontman Bono on development and investment within and beyond Africa to drive economic growth.

Douglas has also served as Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for Her Majesty’s Official Opposition (2011-2015). Previously, he served in numerous senior UK Ministerial positions (2001-2010), including as Minister for Europe, Secretary of State for Scotland, Secretary of State for International Development and the UK’s Governor of the World Bank.
Ingrid Emerson MBE
Ingrid Emerson MBEChief Executive
Ingrid previously worked with Raleigh International, where, after six years, she was awarded an MBE for her outstanding work in a scheme promoting volunteering opportunities for inner-city young people. Following Raleigh, Ingrid worked at Groundwork in North Wales where she stayed for eight years until finally relocating to the Isle of Coll in 2008.
Eddie Bensilum
Eddie Bensilum
Eddie is a reputation management expert working with organisations in industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals and oil & gas, as well as public sector and not for profit clients. She splits her time between advising on strategic reputation protection and providing counsel and support on live issues.
Richard Morgan
Richard Morgan
Richard is Head of International and Government Relations at Anglo American plc, who he joined in October 2010. Previously he worked with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Japan, South Africa and France.

Richard has a degree in modern languages from the University of Oxford. He is passionate about travel, culture and sport (though now largely limited to cycling).

Rob Beckley
Rob Beckley
Rob Beckley is an Assistant Commissioner in the Metropolitan Police, leading the criminal and complaint investigations into what happened on the day of the Hillsborough disaster and the events leading up to it.

In his 34-year policing career he has had extensive operational and investigative experience, as well as national roles in counter-terrorism, race and faith issues, and third sector and voluntary engagement in policing. He has been a chief officer in two police forces and Chief Operating Officer for the College of Policing, the body responsible for setting professional policy, standards and training requirements across policing in England and Wales. He had a brief period of retirement before being appointed by the Home Secretary to take on the current role. He carried out a safeguarding review for Project Trust in 2018.

Before joining the police, he worked in Sudan where, as coordinator of volunteer teaching in the Ministry of Education, he was responsible for deploying Project Trust volunteers across the country. Following this he worked at the Centre for International Briefing in Surrey where he ran courses preparing people for deployment overseas. He has maintained an interest in international matters both professionally and personally and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Louise Bratchie
Louise Bratchie
While on secondment from the Civil Service Fast Stream, Louise spent six months advising Project Trust on communications strategy, and she is delighted to be returning to the organisation as a Youth Board Member. She read Arabic and Spanish at the University of Cambridge, and spent a year volunteering overseas in Jordan as part of her degree.

Louise now works as an adviser on EU issues, having previously held a variety of roles across government, including at Border Force and the Department for International Trade.

Richard Hyder
Richard HyderSouth Africa 85/86
After working for the Scottish Executive and Scottish Chamber Orchestra Richard switched to a career in investment working with private individuals, families and charities. Complementing over two decades of investment experience, currently with Punter Southall Wealth, Richard has been an elected member of the National Trust for Scotland, a member of the Scottish Episcopal Church investment committee and chair of an Edinburgh-based arts charity working with adults with learning difficulties. He is currently also a member of the Finance and Performance Committee for veterans care charity Erskine.