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Meet our global leadership team

Inscribed in stone at our sites around the globe are the words – Their Name Liveth For Evermore. That simple phrase is both a challenge and a promise to commitment in perpetuity. For the staff of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission #Remembranceis our job, #Remembranceis our passion.


Claire Horton - Director General Claire Horton CBE

Director General

Claire joined CWGC as Director General in January 2021, following nearly 11 years as Chief Executive at the world-famous animal rescue charity Battersea. She brings a wealth of experience from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors and has worked extensively with Government and cross-party politicians. She has an MBA from the University of Warwick Business School, an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Roehampton and is a Fellow of the RSA and the Institute of Directors. 

For Claire, Remembrance is FOREVER.


Director of Operations

Barry took up the position of Director of Operations in May 2015 having previously held the Area Director posts of Africa and Asia Pacific, France and United Kingdom in addition to spending 8 years based in Ieper, Belgium. He holds a degree in Politics from University of Exeter, an MBA from Henley Management College, is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and an Honorary Fellow in the School of History, Kent University. In 2020 Barry acted as Interim Director General for 7 months.

For Barry, Remembrance is PERPETUAL.


Director Global Strategy and Commonwealth Affairs

Iain joined the Commission in October 2022, having previously served in the Royal Navy for 32 years. A career which included; 4 sea commands, planning operations across Africa, a stint in The Pentagon and most recently in the MoD as the Strategy, Policy and External Affairs Director and an executive member of the Navy Board. He holds a Masters degree from Kings College London, is a Freeman of the City of London, a Younger Brother of Trinity House and a Trustee of The Seafarers Charity.

For Iain Remembrance is TO LEARN.


Director of Finance and Corporate SERVICES

Ian is responsible for Finance and Corporate Services and has led finance and corporate support teams in both the not-for-profit and commercial sectors, across various industries. He has also spent much of his career in leadership roles in both operations and corporate sustainability, where was the Chief Sustainability Officer of BT's Openreach business. Ian is a Fellow of CIMA, the ACT and of IEMA. He holds an MA in Modern History from the University of Oxford and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership from the University of Cambridge.

For Ian, Remembrance is RESPECT.



Vincent is a solicitor (England and Wales), who joined the Commission in August 2019. Prior to the Commission, Vincent worked in private practice and in-house, including as Head of Legal for Amazon UK and General Counsel for Comic Relief.

For Vincent, Remembrance is EVERY DAY.



Martha has previously lead organisations through cultural, people and systems change in the UK and overseas enabling those organisations to achieve their business strategy. Most recently Martha has been working in the not-for-profit sector both as an employee and Trustee. Martha has a MA in Organisational Consulting and is a Fellow of the CIPD.

For Martha, Remembrance is HONOUR.


Interim Director of The Foundation, Volunteering and Outreach

Michele joined the Commission in January 2023 after over a decade as Chief Executive of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, one of the UK’s top 1% of charities by income. She has experience of leading high-performing teams, delivering volunteer programmes, and generating significant income growth. Prior to joining the charity sector, Michele was Commercial Director, Group Procurement Director and Marketing Director and worked for brands including Compass Group Plc, Pret a Manger, PepsiCo, The Rank Group Plc, and Cafe Rouge. She has an MBA, degrees in Business and Law, and is an alumna of Oxford University’s Said Business School. She is a trustee of The Royal Grammar School Foundation, Assistance Dogs UK, and The Blue Cross.

For Michele Remembrance is GIVING THANKS.


Dar Es salaam and hollybrook


David Loveridge - Area Director for Canada and the AmericasDavid Loveridge is the Area Director for Canada, Americas and Pacific Area.

After 22 years of military service, David held director positions at institutions across Ontario, Canada, including Ottawa Community Housing and the Greater Victoria School District where he successfully introduced many sustainability initiatives.

For David, Remembrance is APPRECIATION.

David Richardson director of hortDavid Richardson is the Director of Horticulture.

David has worked for CWGC for over 30 years in all of its global areas and has recently led initiatives on performance standards and chemical reduction. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Horticulture, has served on the Institute’s Council, is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners as well as being a Trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

For David, Remembrance is FOR EVERYONE.

Gareth HardwareGareth Hardware is the Special Projects Director.

Gareth has, over the last eight years worked with our horticultural and construction teams across Northern and Southern Europe, starting as Horticulture Manager and progressing to Deputy Director. Now as Special Projects Director he works across the Commission to deliver key strategic corporate projects.

For Gareth, Remembrance is LIFE.

Geert Bekaert - Area Director Western and Central EuropeGeert Bekaert is the Area Director for the Central and Southern Europe Area.

Geert has a background in major projects, operations and construction management. He has worked at board level in companies across the manufacturing industry. He has an engineering/surveyor degree as well as an MBA from KULeuven, Belgium

For Geert, Remembrance is GRATITUDE AND RESPECT.


James King - Area Director for UK and Northern AreaJames King is the Area Director for the United Kingdom and Northern Area.

James has worked in the private and not-for-profit sectors in various senior operational roles providing activities and wellbeing solutions to the local communities. He manages one of our growing UK volunteering programmes.

For James, Remembrance is FREEDOM.

Join Grain Exec Director CWGFJohn Grain is the Executive Director of the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation .

John has worked in the voluntary sector for over thirty years including ten years at Oxfam and as Director for Fundraising (Western Europe) for Habitat for Humanity International. He also worked for many years as a consultant with many of the UK’s best loved charities including Guide Dogs for the Blind, WaterAid, the British Red Cross, Alzheimer’s Society and Diabetes UK.

For John, Remembrance is GRATITUDE.

Jon Gedling - Director of WorksJon Gedling is the Director of Works.

Jon is a Chartered Building Surveyor and joined the Commission in 2017 as Director of Works. Prior to this, Jon spent several years working for various organisations specialising in the management of historic estates. His background has been particularly focussed towards managing major conservation projects.

For Jon, Remembrance is RECOGNITION.

Rich Hills - Area Director Africa and Asia

Rich Hills is the Area Director for Africa and Asia.

Rich joined the Commission in 2013 after completing 22 years' service as a Royal Marines Officer. He has a broad background in leadership, strategy, operations and military diplomacy.

For Rich, Remembrance is PERSONAL.

Xavier Puppinck - Area Director France areaXavier Puppinck is the Area Director for France.

Xavier has 15 years’ experience in international business and 10 years managing industrial SMEs in France and in Europe. Throughout his career, he has developed strong management practices and communication skills.

For Xavier, Remembrance is THE CELEBRATION OF HUMANITY.

Niall Maher - Head of ITNiall Maher is Head of IT.

Niall joined the Commission in 2019 after more than 20 years working in the commercial and consultancy sectors. He brings with him extensive leadership experience of IT operations and is responsible for all global IT services that support the Commission's work in more than 150 countries.

For Niall, Remembrance is REVERENCE.

Gareth Crossman is the Head of Government Relations and Public Affairs.

Gareth was a solicitor specialising in criminal defence representation who moved to Human Rights organisation Liberty where he led Public Affairs work in Westminster as the Policy Director. He left to become Executive Director of Policy, Communications and Fundraising at Children’s Charity TACT where he led national campaigns to benefit children in the care system. He was then CEO at mental health charity OCD Action before being appointed as Head of Policy, Public Affairs and Communications at the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

For Gareth, Remembrance is REFLECTIVE.


CWGC Workshop and Thiepval Memorial


Amit Bansal Manager for the Indian SubcontinentAmit Bansal is the Manager for the Indian Subcontinent.

For Amit, Remembrance is THANKFULNESS.

Andy Stillman UKNA Operations ManagerAndy Stillman is the Deputy Director for the United Kingdom and Northern Area.

For Andy, Remembrance is HONOUR.

Baptiste PrevostBaptiste Prévost is the Deputy Director for the France Area.

For Baptiste, Remembrance is CONNECTED GENERATIONS.

Daniel Achini is the Regional Manager for East Africa.

For Daniel, Remembrance is REFLECTION ON SACRIFICE.

Dennis ShimDennis Shim is the Regional Manager for Asia Pacific.

For Dennis, Remembrance is A REMINDER OF PEACE.

Django MaekelbergDjango Maekelberg is Deputy Director for the Central and Southern Europe Area.

For Django, Remembrance is CARING.

Eleni KakkavaEleni Kakkava is the Regional Supervisor for Greece and the Balkans.


Gobhu GopalGobhu Gopal is the Country Manager for Malaysia.

For Gobhu, Remembrance is PAYING RESPECT.

Hillol SattarHillol Sattar is the Country Manager for Bangladesh.

For Hillol, Remembrance is BEING A PART OF HISTORY.

Joel NasutionZulkaimar Nasution is the Country Manager for Indonesia.

For Zulkaimar, Remembrance is REMEMBERING THEIR SACRIFICE.

Juan MareeJuan Maree is the Director for Southern Africa.

For Juan, Remembrance is PERSONAL.

Asako AndoAsako Ando is the Country Manager for Japan.

For Asako, Remembrance is CONTINUE TELLING THE NEXT

Mick NewbattMick Newbatt is the Country Manager for Thailand.


Nancy Batshon - Country Supervisor, IsraelNancy Batshon is the Country Manager for Israel.

For Nancy, Remembrance is about HONOURING THE SACRIFICE.

Osama BaqiriOsama Baqiri is the Country Manager for Pakistan.


Patrick BissonPatrick Brisson is the Deputy Director for the Canada, Americas and Pacific Area.

For Patrick, Remembrance is about RECOGNISING THEIR SACRIFICE.

Sarah MooreSarah Moore is the Deputy Director for Africa and Asia.

For Sarah, Remembrance is DEDICATION.

Thet MonThet Mon is the Country Manager for Myanmar.

For Thet, Remembrance is about THE RELATIVES OF THE DEAD.

Morris CheungMorris Cheung is the Country Manager for Thailand.