Sir Henry Bellingham MP, non-executive chairman
Sir Henry Bellingham was, between May 2010 and September 2012, Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with ministerial responsibility for Africa, the United Nations, Overseas Territories, economic issues, conflict resolution and climate change. He first entered Parliament in 1983 as the member for North West Norfolk, which seat he held until 1997. He regained the seat in 2001 and continues to hold it today following re-elections in 2005, 2010 and 2015. In opposition, Sir Henry served successively as a Shadow Minister for Small Business and Enterprise, Opposition Whip and Shadow Minister for Legal Services. Sir Henry is the chairman of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the UK’s leading democracy-building foundation which provides expertise in developing parliaments, political party structures and civil society organisations in emerging democracies – the key institutions that make up a functioning democracy. Prior to entering Parliament, Sir Henry practiced as a barrister. Sir Henry in an independent member of the board of Pathfinder Minerals Plc. Among his key responsibilities are the chairing of the company’s board meetings and providing advice to executive directors on matters including corporate governance and general strategic direction. Sir Henry brings extensive knowledge of Africa, the continent in which the company is seeking to operate.