YSPG Membership

2017 YSPG Coordination Team

James Firebrace (Former Director General of Consumers International, Former Senior Adviser to Yemen LNG, Author on Water, Conflict and Economy in Yemen)

Frances Guy (former British Ambassador to Yemen 2001-2004, and to Lebanon, Head of Middle East, Christian Aid)

Captain P Holihead RN Retd (Head of Western Indian Ocean Counter – Piracy UN IMO 2010-2015, Former Defence Attaché Yemen 2006 -2009)

Members of the Yemen Safe Passage Group 

(in alphabetical order by grouping)

1. Former Diplomats / Defence

Dr Noel Brehony CMG (Former Diplomat, Editor of Rebuilding Yemen 2015, Author of Yemen Divided, former Chairman of British-Yemeni Society)

Stephen Day CMG (Former Head of FCO Middle East Department and Diplomat in Yemen)

Douglas Gordon (Former British Ambassador to Yemen 1992-1995 and to PDRY 1989)

Dr Noel Guckian CVO, OBE (Former British Ambassador to Oman, covered Yemen in Foreign Office at various times, MSc on British rule in Aden and Southern Arabia, Consultant on Middle East)

Frances Guy (Former British Ambassador to Yemen 2001-2004, and to Lebanon, Head of Middle East, Christian Aid)

Victor Henderson (Former British Ambassador to Yemen 1997-2001)

Captain P Holihead RN (Head of Western Indian Ocean Counter – Piracy UN IMO 2010-2015, Former Defence Attaché Yemen 2006 -2009)

Rupert Pulvertaft OBE (Former Defence Attaché Yemen 2011-2013)

Christopher Shute (British Consul-General, Deputy Head of Mission in Sana’a 2007-2010)

Colonel Iain Smailes (Former Defence Attaché, Yemen Embassy, 2013-15)

Jonathan Tottman (British Police CT Attaché to Yemen 2011 – 2012, Rule of Law Attaché EU Delegation Sana’a 2012 – 2015, Former Detective Superintendent)

Dr Robert Wilson OBE (Former Diplomat in Yemen, Writer / Researcher on Yemeni history, Chairman of British-Yemeni Society)

2. Academic / Authors

Professor Tony Allan (Emeritus Professor, King’s College London, Author on Yemen and Middle East Water Security, Stockholm Prize Winner 2008)

Anderson Bakewell (Author on Culture and Politics in the Tihama and on Yemeni Music)

Professor Nora Ann Colton (Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of East London, Author on Political Economy of Yemen)

Joana Cook (King’s College London, Author on Women’s Political Participation and Engagement in security and public safety in Yemen)

Paddy Coulter (Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, Former Progressio and Oxfam Director for Yemen)

Professor Allan Hill (Population and International Health, University of Southampton, Author on Yemen Demography)

Dr Elisabeth Kendall (Senior Research Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies, Oxford University, Writer on Militant Jihadist / Political Movements in Yemen)

Dr Miranda Morris (St Andrews University, Ethnographer and Linguist, Specialist on Yemen and Southern Arabia, Writer on Socotra Culture and Society)

Professor Martha Mundy (Professor Emerita of Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science, Author on Yemeni Society and Agriculture)

Thanos Petouris (SOAS University, London, Author of articles particularly on the Southern Question in Yemen)

Dr Carl Phillips, (Archaeologist, Specialist on Sabaean period in Yemen and on Tihama)

James Spencer (Retired Army Officer; Author on Yemen, with focus on Security, Conflict and its Drivers)

Dr Jane Springham (Research Fellow in Sustainability and Health at University of Plymouth, Former Coordinator of Rural Health Training Programmes in Yemen)

Shelagh Weir (Author of A Tribal Order: Politics and Law in the Mountains of Yemen, Curator of Exhibitions on Yemen)

Dr Elisabeth Kendall (Senior Research Fellow in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Pembroke College, Oxford University, writes on militant jihadist/political movements in Yemen)

Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy (Research Fellow with ODI Humanitarian Policy Group, Writer on State Formation and Conflict in Yemen)

Dr Gabriele von Bruck (SOAS University, London and Writer on Islam and Yemeni elites)

Dr Christopher Ward (Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter, and Author of The Water Crisis in Yemen 2015)

Dr Shelagh Weir (Author of A Tribal Order: Politics and Law in the Mountains of Yemen, Curator for the Middle East at the British Museum)

3. Development / Economy / Community

Stephen Akester (Director, Macalister Elliott Fisheries Consultancy, Senior World Bank and EU Consultant in Yemen)

Emily Allardyce (Director, British Yemeni Arabic Institute in Sana’a, Senior Adviser to Yemen Ministry of Education)

David Bryer CMG (Former Director of Oxfam GB, Former Yemen and Middle East Director)

Chris Dammers (Former Oxfam Middle East Field Director, Former Coordinator, Progressio Yemen)

Captain Roy Facey (Senior Adviser to the Yemen Ports Corporations in the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea 1995 – 2014)

James Firebrace (Former Director General of Consumers International, Former Senior Adviser to Yemen LNG, Author on Water, Conflict and Economy in Yemen)

Dr Richard Franceys (Cranfield University and Consultant in Yemen, Author on Urban Water Management)

Robert Grose (Former Coordinator, Progressio Yemen, Director at HLSP/Mott MacDonald Programme)

Dr Christopher Handley (Senior Consultant and Author of Water Stress in Taiz Yemen)

Helen Lackner (Editor of Why Yemen Matters 2014, Social Development Consultant in PRDY and Yemen since 1977, Editor of British Yemeni Society Journal)

Ragih Muflihi (Chief Executive, Yemeni Community Association, Sandwell, Birmingham)

Dr Cynthia Myntti (Development Consultant, Former Programme Officer for Ford Foundation Office for the Middle East and North Africa)

Taher Ali Qassim MBE (Formerly Swedish Save the Children Yemen, Former Chair of the Yemen Communities Coordinating Council UK)

4. Members outside UK

Dr Gerhard Lichtenthaeler (Author of Political Ecology and the Role of Water, Environment, Society and Economy in Northern Yemen)

Dr Frank van Steenbergen (Director Meta-Meta Consultancy, Food Security in Yemen and Horn of Africa, Coordinator of the Water Channel and the Spate Irrigation Network)