Sir Graham Boyce KCMG
Having read Law at Jesus College, Cambridge, Sir Graham joined the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1968. Sir Graham studied Arabic in Lebanon and took up early posts in Canada, Libya and Kuwait. Sir Graham's FCO career was subsequently based almost entirely in the Middle East, with periods also spent in the UK and Sweden.
As Ambassador to Doha from 1990-1993 he worked with the then Crown Prince to develop ideas on the political and social development of Qatar which are being implemented today. Sir Graham also served as Ambassador to Kuwait (1996-1999) and to Egypt (1999-2001), where the Camp David 2 agreements and Second Intifada dominated his tenure.
Sir Graham left diplomatic service in 2001 and spent one year as Adviser to the Emir of Qatar. Over the past 16 years he has advised on significant Middle East projects and has served on panels and boards at a number of multi-national corporations. Sir Graham currently holds senior advisory posts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Kuwait Investment Office. He is also Chairman of leadership development organisation Common Purpose International.
Sir Graham retains a close interest in educational and cultural links between the UK and the Middle East and is a Global Ambassador for the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a Trustee at The Dakhleh Trust. Sir Graham is also a Consulting Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Sir Graham was appointed Chairman of NYA International in April 2016.
Graham Ashcroft MBE
Graham has over 30 years of crisis management experience in leadership and consultancy roles with the military, government and multi-national companies. During this period, Graham delivered successful outcomes in challenging situations in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific.
Graham joined NYA International in 2011 as a director with the responsibility of coordinating business activity across the company’s prevention and response lines of operation, and leadership for bespoke security risk and crisis management solutions for a number of diverse multi-national corporations.
Graham joined NYA International’s board as a non-executive director in March 2017.
Lady Sally Knowles
Having read Law at Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics, Lady Sally qualified as a Solicitor in 1993. After seven years working for a team specialising in insolvency and corporate recovery, Lady Sally moved to an international law firm and became a partner in the firm’s Restructuring Group in 2002. In 2005, the firm merged with another to become the largest law firm in the world with offices in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. As a partner, Lady Sally focused on multi-jurisdictional asset recovery litigation. Lady Sally retired from law in 2006 to focus on raising a family.
Since 2009, Lady Sally has been a Trustee of Hoopers Africa Trust, a charity which aims to transform the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable girls in Kenya through education. To date, the trust has funded more than 120 girls through secondary education and 11 through further education.
Lady Sally joined NYA International’s board as a non-executive director in February 2017.