Our trustees, some of whom work for member agencies, use their in-depth knowledge of humanitarian and development work to direct BAAG’s long-term strategy.


Pauline Hayes:  Pauline Hayes, CBE, has had a long career in the UK public service and in international development work, primarily with the Department for International Development (DFID). From 2013-2015 Pauline was Director of the division covering DFID’s work in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Central Asia and Eastern Europe and headed DFID’s Afghanistan country office, based in Kabul from 2010-12. Pauline has worked in a wide range of UK and overseas posts including Eastern Africa (based in Kenya), Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans, India, Burma, Iraq and the West Bank and Gaza. From 1981 until 1993 Pauline worked for The British Council, including postings in Indonesia and Sudan. 

Fleur Roberts:  Fleur joined the BAAG Trustees in June 2016.  She is the Afghanistan Programme Officer at CAFOD.  Before joining CAFOD Fleur worked in programme management roles with NGOs in Afghanistan and Africa. Fleur holds a MA in Development Studies from Auckland University, New Zealand.

 Anna Larson, BAAG trusteeAnna Larson:  Anna joined BAAG as a Trustee in June 2016. She has worked in and on Afghanistan since 2004, initially as a teacher for International Assistance Mission (IAM) and then from 2006-2010 as a researcher in gender and governance for the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU). On returning to the UK she completed a PhD at York University, and continues to conduct research in and write about Afghanistan. She is a research associate at the Centre for Contemporary Central Asia and the Caucasus (CCCAC) at SOAS.    

Frederick LyonsFrederick Lyons:  Frederick chairs BAAG’s Board of Trustees.  He had a long career with the UN Development Programme, starting as a UK/UNA volunteer in 1971 and rising to senior Resident Representative before leaving the UN in 2008.  His posts included UNDP Country Director Afghanistan 2005-2006 and UN Resident Co-ordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, Iran, 2003-2005.

Pete Simms, BAAG TrusteePete Simms: Pete is an education specialist from the UK. He has worked in developing and humanitarian contexts for the last eight years. Originally trained as a teacher, Pete has worked in various parts of Asia and the Middle East, focusing specifically on Iraq and Afghanistan in the last few years. Pete specialises in literacy and non-formal education methods and previously worked with UNESCO and the British Council. He currently overseas the Afghanistan programme for Children in Crisis.

Nicholas Wade, BAAG TrusteeNicholas Wade: Nicholas is a specialist for the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Commons , where he looks mainly at the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Prior to his employment by parliament, Nicholas managed the MENA programme at a political risk consultancy and also worked for the BBC for four years, both as an analyst and a journalist for the World Service. He holds two degrees from Cambridge University.

Tareck Safi: Tareck joined BAAG’s board in January 2013.  He has extensive private sector experience, having worked in the financing departments (both bond and loan) of a number of international banks, most recently at Societe Generale, where he is a Managing Director in the syndicate group.  He is originally from Afghanistan, and has kept strong links with the country.  Tareck holds an engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), an economics / statistics degree from ENSAE (Paris), as well as an MSc in Finance from the LSE (London).

Ai Choo BennettAi Choo Bennett: Ai Choo is BAAG's Treasurer.  She joined the Board of Trustees in April 2015.  Ai Choo holds an engineering degree from the University of Nottingham and is a qualified ACCA accountant.  She has spent the last 15 years in global corporations, specialising in accounting and compliance in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Elizabeth WinterElizabeth Winter: Elizabeth has been involved with Afghanistan and aid agencies working there since the 1980s.  She is a founder member of BAAG, and a trustee of one of its member agencies, Afghanaid.  A social scientist and researcher, she specialises in civil society development.  She has extensive experience of managing NGOs in the UK, Afghanistan and Pakistan and travels to Afghanistan regularly.  Elizabeth is Senior Adviser to the Board, and is a non-voting Member.