Below is an up-to-date list of the Fairseat Foundation Board of Directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Managing Director of Fairseat Foundation
Ben was born in Kenya and educated in Tanzania & Yorkshire. He read Agricultural Management at the University of Natal and went on to manage farms in Zimbabwe and Zambia before migrating to Western Australia with his wife Fiona.
They lived in Perth for 24 years running a bakery business, bringing up their two boys and Ben attained an MBA from Murdoch University. In December 2013 they came back to Kenya to take up the vacant position of Manager at Fairseat Foundation where Ben’s mother is a resident. Fiona was born and brought up in Zambia and then Jersey, C.I.
She was schooled in Lusaka and England and her skills lie with computers and, in particular, databases. Her interests though tend to be with her two sons, preventative medicine, bridge, Pilates and her dogs.
Chairman of Fairseat Foundation
Born in Canada George has been a resident of Kenya since 1980. He was a Financial Officer for the United Nations Environment Programme and HABITAT moving into the position of Managing Director / Chairman of an international company involved with oil and gas exploration and provision of services for aid organizations in over 10 countries in Africa.
In 1990 George started his own company providing financial consulting and products in capital markets and played a pivotal role in the establishment of a brokerage house listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange working on debt, equity, money market, and Government divestiture.
During the last ten years, George has provided consulting services to several Washington-based organizations in Botswana related to financial issues for Community Based Organizations. He also set up several conservancies in Kenya. Currently, his focus is on providing financial services to Masai Mara group ranches and digital communication.
Director of Fairseat Foundation
Nigel started his working career with Unilever, then worked with major companies in the wines and spirits industry until he retired.
He and Jane met in Lagos and have lived in Nigeria, Kenya, Dubai and Singapore, returning to Nairobi in 2004 after 6 years away. They have two grown up children, Keith in Switzerland and Fiona in Australia
Nigel has been on the Board of Fairseat since 2007 and became Chairman in January 2010. Jane took on the job as Secretary to the Board as Nigel took on the Chairmanship.
Director of Fairseat Foundation
After my parents were posted to Dar es Salaam and then Moshi, we returned to Nakuru where I spent most of my childhood years. I attended school in England. After marrying, I lived in Marigat for 3 years before moving to Nairobi where my daughter Nicola was born.
In 1975 I moved to Washington, DC, where I worked for the World Bank for nearly 30 years, the last 10 years as a consultant. I spent 8 years posted overseas in various countries throughout Eastern Europe and Asia, in particular Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. After retiring from the World Bank, I lived in the UK and worked with the English Symphony Orchestra for 3 years as Publicity Officer and returned to Kenya permanently in 2007.
Fiona graduated with a law degree from Glasgow University in 1973 and practised in Edinburgh before moving to Kenya in 1978. Whilst raising a young family of two boys she studied to become a qualified Company Secretary and joined Chunga Associates, the Certified Public Secretaries affiliate of PricewaterhouseCoopers as manager where she practiced for 18 years.
She retired in 2008 but was persuaded to set up her own business to provide Company Secretarial services for several high profile businesses. She finally retired in 2015. Fiona actively participates in the ladies golfing scene and enjoys tennis and bridge. With more free time available she enjoys travelling and keeping in close touch with her family and now two grand-daughters.
KAREN BAILLIE Director of Fairseat Foundation
Arrived in Kenya on 3 August 2000 on a year’s contract – 4 children, hubby Les and 5 suitcases. Nineteen years later we are still here and have firmly made Kenya our home.
We have moved 7 times, experiencing different homes in different areas of Nairobi, built houses, owned 6 dogs and our children are now bringing out our 5 grandchildren to have the same special association with Kenya that they have all grown up having.
My passion is interior design, so moving so many times has allowed me to indulge in creating new living spaces! I qualified at the London School of Interior Design in Chelsea (KLC) in 1996 and before coming out to Kenya was in partnership (Baillie & Hocking) with another colleague. Since arriving I have been lucky enough to be involved in many a varied and challenging project and although now retired I enjoy promoting the World of Interior Design to students at the MPESA Foundation Academy.
My most enjoyable past-time is sharing time with my mum, playing golf, taking our new family member Bella for long walks in the coffee plantations and savouring a G&T with Les and dear friends. So, if one is being poured please do invite me to join you!
Director of Fairseat Foundation
A second generation Kenyan, started his career as an intern with African Tours and Hotels working in locations such as Namanga, Hunter’s Lodge, Mnarani Club and Kilaguni Lodge. With nationalisation he joined NIC Bank. Mike then transitioned to Standard Chartered Acceptances before he re-joined the tourism industry at the United Touring Group with feet in both the tour operator UTC and Block Hotels. United Touring Group involved traveling to exotic locations such as Zaire (now DRC), Uganda and Tanzania where he was instrumental in reviving the group’s presence. Mike managed Nyali Beach Hotel, Indian Ocean Beach Club and Simba Hills Lodge.
He was General Manager at Safari Park Hotel for five years in which time he re-engineered the business to be a sought after domestic and international conference venue.
After development roles with Abercrombie and Kent and Porini Camps Mike joined Tourism Development and Investment Company in Abu Dhabi where he was in charge of a major development of the late Sheikh Zayed’s island. This involved the building of tourism facilities and establishing an Arabian Animal Sanctuary. Mike established and managed a sanctuary and research base for the green turtle at a newly developed tourist Centre at Ras al Jinz, Oman
Back in Kenya Mike took on projects to improve privately owned hotel products along the coast which also involved renovation, staff development and market positioning. He is General Manager at Vipingo Ridge, Kenya’s premiere golfing estate.
Manager at Fairseat Foundation
Originally from the UK, Johnny married in Kenya in the 1990s, moving full time to Kenya in 2013.
Trained as a Chartered Accountant, he worked for over 30 years for Deloitte and associated firms, advising on Corporate Finance and Project Finance transactions. In 2018 he set up an independent consultancy advising Governments and private sector companies on large infrastructure development projects, mainly through public private partnerships.
Johnny has two adult sons, one living in Kenya and the other in the UK.