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.



Pete Simms, BAAG TrusteePete Simms: Pete is the Chair of the Board of Trustees. He 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.


Fleur Roberts:  Fleur is the Deputy Chair of the Board of Trustees.  She 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 non-governmental organisations in Afghanistan and Africa. Fleur holds an MA in Development Studies from Auckland University, New Zealand.


Tareq SholiTareq Hassan Sholi: Tareq is BAAG's Treasurer.  He joined the Board of Trustees in May 2017.  Tareq holds an chemistry degree from the University of Edinburgh and is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.  Having trained at a big 4 firm, he has spent the last 15 years in global corporations, specialising in accounting and compliance in Europe and Africa.


Ramani Leathard: is Christian Aid’s Head of Region for South East Asia and Afghanistan and has specialised in programme strategy  & development, communications and funding with nearly 30 years  experience in long term development and humanitarian spheres in the INGO sector.  She has a strong personal and professional commitment to social development, with extensive experience in conflict and peacebuilding and supporting community health initiatives in fragile/sensitive contexts and actively involved with Palestinian, Sri Lankan and Burmese refugee populations in search of durable solutions.  


 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 currently the Executive Director of BAAG.