Board of Directors

Charlie Goldsmith Associates Ltd is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board, guided by the UK Companies Act 2006, helps promote the success of the company while exercising independent judgement to manage the company for the benefit of the members and not for any individual member or group of members.

The Board of Directors is Chaired by Ambassador (ret.) Daniel Speckhard, Joseph Carlin serves as Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committees and Charlie Goldsmith (Managing Director) is a member of the Board. The company also benefits from the experience and guidance of its Advisory Board members, Adrian Foster, Sir Jonathan Phillips KCB, Brigadier James Ellery CBE, Peter Freeman CBE, QC, Jessica Gregson and Andrew Lewis.

Chair – Ambassador (ret.) Daniel Speckhard

Daniel serves as the Chairman of the Board. He is the president and CEO of Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health. A former U.S. Ambassador to Greece and Belarus, Daniel has had a long and distinguished career in government service under both Republican and Democratic administrations. Daniel’s previous positions have included serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary General at NATO and Deputy Chief of Mission in Iraq.

Vice Chair – Joseph Carlin

Joseph Carlin serves as vice Chair of the Board, and is Chair of the Audit and Finance committees. He is a retired Boeing Company executive and philanthropist and has successfully led a technology start-up. At Boeing, he was responsible for overseeing the successful integration of technology acquisitions and is currently, in his private capacity, supporting a range of early technology companies in the U.S. and U.K.

Board Director – Charlie Goldsmith

CGA’s founder, Charlie Goldsmith, has a track record of practical delivery in post-crisis, emerging and transitional contexts, and of managing major public administration and financial management projects. He works on cross-government reform programmes, in the health sector, and has over twelve years’ experience working specifically on reform of education systems in South Sudan, Somalia, Malawi and Sierra Leone. Charlie is CGA’s Managing Director.

Advisory Board

Adrian Foster

Adrian was a Vice President of Booz & Company (UK) Ltd, and was the Partner responsible for the development of the post-conflict and emerging public administration business at Booz & Company. Adrian works as an independent senior adviser in the transport and infrastructure sector.

Sir Jonathan Phillips KCB

Jonathan is currently Warden of Keble College, Oxford University. He spent more than thirty years as a civil servant, and was Permanent Secretary of the Northern Ireland Office from 2005 to 2010.

Brigadier James Ellery CBE

James is a Director of AEGIS, an international security and risk management company. He was formerly South Sudan coordinator of the United Nations Mission in Sudan, and previously a Senior Adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. In 1999 he established a new United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and from 2001 to 2003 he was Chief of Staff of the United Nations Force in Sierra Leone.

Peter Freeman CBE, QC

Peter is a member of the Competition Commission and served as its Chairman from 2006-2011. He was previously head of the European Commission and Competition Law Group of the international law firm Simmons & Simmons. He was co-founder of and, until 2007, Chairman of the Regulatory Policy Institute, and is a Consulting Editor of Butterworth’ Competition Law. In March 2010 he was appointed honorary Queen’s Counsel.

Jessica Gregson

Jessica is an experienced development practitioner focusing on education, gender and governance in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States (FCAS). She was CGA’s Project Director for Girls’ Education South Sudan in 2018 during which time she carried out oversight for CGA’s components of the project, including the Knowledge, Evidence and Research Endline processes, and transition to government systems.

Andrew Lewis

Andrew is a Public Administration Specialist with over 20 year experience in project/ programme management and a successful career in Public Sector Finance. He has worked internationally with both the public and private sectors on a variety of donor funded projects.