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.


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.


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).


 Tareq 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.  He has spent the last 10 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 Senior Adviser to the Board, and is a non-voting Member.