Board of Directors
Randolph Leonard Spencer Churchill was born two days before the death of his great grandfather Sir Winston. He attended Harrow and served five years in the Royal Navy and now works in the City of London. Randolph has been a Trustee of the Winston Churchill Memorial fund, the Armed Forces Investment Company and also the War Memorial Trust. He lives with his family in Kent, not far from Chartwell.
Laurence S. Geller CBE is Chairman, Geller Capital, a luxury hotel investment and management firm he founded in 2014. Since its inception the firm has acquired two luxury hotel properties and built a third which opened in 2016. The firm also has an asset management arm which advises on and manages several hotel assets in the U.S. Mr. Geller has built a forward-looking hospitality investment company that acquires or builds assets that rapidly can be shaped into best-in-class performance. Demonstration of this is the construction and opening of the Chicago Conrad Hilton in 2016; acquisition and remodel of the Washington D.C. Marriott Georgetown; and the acquisition and strategic relaunch of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago currently underway.
Mr. Geller has a distinguished career of serving top-performing hospitality companies such as Hyatt Development Corporation, Holiday Inns, Inc. and Grand Metropolitan Hotels in senior leadership positions. Most recently he was president and chief executive officer of Strategic Hotel Capital, a publicly-traded company he founded in 1997. He built Strategic into a REIT comprised of 21 luxury hotel properties located in four countries. Strategic was fully valued when new owner Anbang, a Chinese real estate investment company, purchased the assets for $6 billion.
Mr. Geller is a dedicated philanthropist and public servant for many institutions in his native U.K. and adopted U.S. Among his many civic and professional interests, he is one of the founders of the Industry Real Estate Financing Advisory Council of the American Hotel and Lodging Association and an active board member of Choose Chicago. He is Chairman of the international Churchill Foundation which includes London’s Churchill Museum and War Rooms and many organizations. In 2016 The University of West London renamed its hospitality school The London Geller College of Hospitality and Tourism to honor his decades-long support. To learn more about Laurence please visit laurencegeller.co.uk.
Jean-Paul Montupet retired from Emerson (NYSE: EMR) in December 2012 after 31 years with the company. He was Executive Vice President responsible for the Industrial Automation business, President of Emerson Europe and an Advisory Director to Emerson’s Board of Directors.
He has been a member of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) Board of Governors from 1993 to 2008 and its Chairman in 2002. Mr Montupet has been a board member of PartnerRe (NYSE:PRE), one of the world’s leading re-insurance companies, since 2002, and, in 2010, became Chairman of the company, a position in which he served until the sale of the company in March 2016. He has served on the Board of Lexmark International (NYSE: LXK) from 2006 to 2016, Wabco Holdings (NYSE: WBC) from 2012 to 2020, I H S Markit (NYSE: INFO) from 2012 to 2021 and Assurant Inc. (NYSE: AIZ) since 2012.
Mr Montupet is Senior Vice-Chairman of the Board of the International Churchill Society and a member of the Board of the Americas National Churchill Museum. From 2006 to 2018 he served on the Board of the St Louis Public Library Foundation and was its Chairman from 2012 to 2016. He has been a member of the Board of the Garden Conservancy since 2021.
Philip J. Boeckman is Managing Partner of the London office of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP and Co-Head of the Firm’s Capital Markets Practice for EMEA. He has been based in Cravath’s London office since 2000, when he relocated to London from the Firm’s New York office. Mr. Boeckman’s general corporate practice covers capital markets, including IPOs, rights issuances and other equity offerings, U.S. listings and high-yield bridge, bond and other leveraged financings, as well as mergers and acquisitions. He has represented many of Cravath’s European corporate clients, the major investment banks in the U.S. and Europe, and several private equity firms. Mr. Boeckman has been repeatedly recognized as one of the leading practitioners in capital markets by Chambers The Legal 500, IFLR and other publications. He was ranked as the top corporate lawyer for EMEA in 2019 in Legal Week magazine and been named to The Legal 500 UK Hall of Fame in the High‑Yield Bond category. Mr. Boeckman serves on the Board of Trustees of Westminster College, is the Senior Fellow of America’s National Churchill Museum and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the International Churchill Society. He received a B.A. cum laude from Westminster College in 1988 and a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Missouri in 1991, where he was a Notes Editor of the Law Review. Mr. Boeckman joined Cravath in 1991 and was elected a partner in 1998.
Stephen Poss, a member of the Board of Directors and a Vice Chair of the International Churchill Society, has collected books by and about Winston Churchill for 30 years. Before retiring in 2018, he enjoyed a 37-year career at two of America’s leading law firms, first at Cravath, Swaine & Moore and later at Goodwin Procter LLP, where as a Senior Partner he helped to build Goodwin’s Securities Litigation and SEC Enforcement Practice and served as the practice group’s Chair.
He is a former Co-Chair of the Securities Litigation Subcommittee of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law. He has lectured extensively across the United States, as well as in France and the UK, on securities, corporate governance, and transactional issues for organizations such as the American Bar Association, NASDAQ, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), The SEC Institute, Inc., and The Law Society of England and Wales.
Steve and his wife, Jane F. Poss, a former business reporter for The Boston Globe, are the creators and sponsors of the Stephen and Jane Poss Distinguished Churchill Lecture Series at the International Churchill Society, which began in 2021.
Steve is a graduate of Amherst College and The University of Chicago Law School. Steve and Jane now live in the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon.
Mitchell Reiss is a partner and co-leads Brunswick’s geopolitical practice. Mitchell is a leading international affairs advisor and strategic planning expert with extensive experience in government, the private sector, academia, and the philanthropic community.
Mitchell’s government experience includes serving as the Director of Policy Planning at the U.S. State Department and as the President’s Special Envoy to the Northern Ireland Peace Process with the rank of Ambassador. For his work with the British and Irish governments to help end the “Troubles,” he earned the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Award for “exceptionally distinguished service.”
Prior to joining Brunswick, he was CEO and president of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where he engineered the organization’s financial turnaround, and increased its fund raising, visitation and social relevance. He has served as a Distinguished Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and as President of Washington College. He has also advised foreign governments on water security, historic preservation, and ending paramilitary activities, and spent four years negotiating with North Korea to end its nuclear weapons program.
Mitchell earned his J.D. at Columbia University and D.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University. He has testified frequently before Congress, is the author of numerous articles and books on international security and American foreign policy, and is most recently the author of Negotiating with Evil: When to Talk to Terrorists. He is regularly asked to speak on radio and television.
Randy Barber has been Chairman of ICS-Canada for over 33 years and has hosted several International Conferences in Canada and Bermuda over the years. His abiding interest in Sir Winston Churchill was fostered by his paternal grandfather who served in The Boer War with the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry. Although retired now, Randy serves on several boards and charities within his community.
Jack O. Bovender, Jr. is retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nashville, Tenn.- based Hospital Corporation of America, the nation’s leading provider of healthcare services. HCA has 163 hospitals and 105 Ambulatory Surgery Centers in the United States and England.
Bovender is a 40-year veteran of the healthcare industry and has worked at HCA for 32 years. He began his hospital administrative career in 1969 as a lieutenant in the United States Navy stationed at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. He later served as Chief Executive Officer of Medical Center Hospital in Largo, Fla., and West Florida Regional Medical Center in Pensacola, both owned by HCA.
Bovender is a vice chair of the Duke University Board of Trustees and a member of the Executive Committee, the Duke University Health System Board, and the Board of Visitors at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke. Bovender received Duke University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012. In addition, Bovender is a former member of Duke University Divinity School’s Board of Visitors and former chairman of the Duke University Divinity School Capital Campaign Committee. In 2012, he was elected to the Board of Directors of Bank of America.
He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Duke University in 1967 and his master’s degree in hospital administration from Duke University in 1969. Bovender and his wife, Barbara, live in Nashville.
Sir David Cannadine joined Princeton in the fall of 2008, having previously held positions at Cambridge, Columbia and London Universities. He is the author of twelve books, and the editor or co-editor of thirteen books, and his interests range widely across the economic, social, political and cultural history of modern Britain and its empire, capitalism, collecting and philanthropy in nineteenth and twentieth century America, and the history of history. His current projects include a study (and a questioning) of collective identities from religious wars to the 'clash of civilizations' and beyond; a new history of nineteenth-century Britain; a history of the teaching of history in schools in twentieth-century Britain; and a study of Winston Churchill, Anglo-America and the so-called 'special relationship'. Sir David was recently knighted in the British New Year Honours List, he has served as a member of a committee set up by the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, to review the terms and conditions on which government papers are made publicly available; he is also Chairman of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery in London, and Vice-Chair of the Editorial Board of Past & Present.
Jack Churchill OBE is proud to be the Co-Founder & CEO of Scanning Pens. He holds a BSc in Information Systems & Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. He established the assistive technology company Scanning Pens 18 years ago because he’s passionate about technology being a great enabler. Being dyslexic himself, Jack is determined to help young people and adults with reading difficulties reach their potential. For many years Scanning Pens technology has been used in education both in classrooms and exams, but is now being used in the workplace and even in correctional facilities. In recent years Scanning Pens has been fortunate enough to win a number of prominent awards including BETT Company of the Year 2020 and the Queen's Award for Enterprise 2021 for International Trade. Jack is proud to be a board member of the International Churchill Society, British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) and the US Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) and be a Department for International Trade Export Champ. He lives near Bath in Wiltshire with his wife Charlotte and three children.
Dr. Rob Havers serves as President and CEO of the American Civil War Museum. Prior to coming to the Museum, he served as President/CEO of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, President/CEO of the George C. Marshall Foundation, Director of the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, and as a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Havers graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a bachelor’s degree in history and politics; London School of Economics and Political Science with a master’s degree in later modern British history and Pembroke College, Cambridge with a Ph.D. He is a published author with several books and articles to his credit and is a widely respected lecturer on military history.
Bob Kelly was Chairman and CEO of The Bank of New York Mellon until 2011. Prior to that. he was Chairman. Chief Executive Officer and President of Mellon Bank Corporation, Chief Financial Officer of Wachovia Corporation, and Vice-Chairman of Toronto-Dominion Bank. Mr. Kelly serves on the board of the Alberta Investment Management Corporation. Mr. Kelly was the chairperson of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation from 2012 until March 2018 and the chairman of the board of directors of Santander Asset Management from 2012 until December 2017.
Mr. Kelly previously served as Chancellor of Saint Mary's University in Canada, was a former member of the Financial Services Forum, Federal Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board, Financial Services Roundtable, Trilateral Commission, Institute of International Finance, member of the board of trustees of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Mr. Kelly holds a B.Comm. from Saint Mary's University and an MBA from the Cass Business School, City University, London, is a C.P.A and Fellow Chartered Accountant. Mr. Kelly has been awarded honorary doctorates from City University and Saint Mary's University.
Donald P. Lofe, Jr., officially assumed the role of President and Chief Transformation Officer at Westminster College in Fulton, MO, on July 1, 2021. After a unanimous vote, the College’s Board of Trustees officially announced Mr. Lofe as the historic college’s 23rd president in April, citing the major progress the 170-year-old liberal arts college made in the last year under his leadership as Interim President, even during an exceptionally challenging year and in the midst of the pandemic.
A 1979 Westminster College graduate, Mr. Lofe previously served on Westminster’s Board of Trustees for approximately eight years in a variety of capacities, including Board Chair, throughout his Board tenure. Mr. Lofe serves on the Board as an ex-officio member, consistent with the historic practice for the role of the College’s president. Prior to his appointment at the College as Interim President and Chief Transformation Officer in 2020, Mr. Lofe was a Partner and the Chief Risk Officer for Global Business Services – Mortgage and Lending Solutions for the IBM Corporation based in San Francisco, CA.
Mr. Lofe served in several senior executive roles for insurance, community lending, and other financial and mortgage-related service entities, both domestically and internationally, before his tenure with the IBM Corporation. He was a Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, specializing in financial services and private and public higher-education clientele. Mr. Lofe is a CPA, CGMA (Active Status) and is also COSO Certified by the AICPA. He was named by Treasury and Risk, a leading corporate finance and treasury periodical, as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Finance.
Mr. Lofe was awarded Westminster’s Lifetime Alumni Achievement Award in 2010. He received bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Political Science from Westminster and an MBA, with concentrations in Finance and Business Policy, from The University of Chicago.
Bob Muehlhauser, retired Corporate and Investment Banking executive, and his wife Regina live in Pleasanton, CA.. He is currently Trustee Emeritus and a former Board Chair of Westminster College, home of America’s National Churchill Museum. Bob has been a Director of the International Churchill Society (US) and a member of ICS’s International Council since 2016.
Harold B. (Hal) Oakley is Chairman of the law firm of Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP in Quincy, Illinois. His practice focuses on business transactions and estate planning and administration. He is a graduate of Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He is a candidate for a Masters in Tax Law at Washington University of St. Louis School of Law. Oakley has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Westminster College, a member of the Board of Governors of America’s National Churchill Museum, and a member of the ICS Board of Directors, in addition to service to other charitable organizations including the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation and the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
Lee Pollock is a writer and speaker on Winston Churchill and the former Executive Director of The International Churchill Society. His articles have been published in the Wall Street Journal, the New Criterion, American Purpose and the Daily Beast and he has appeared on CBS, the BBC and other media outlets in the U.S. and Britain. Lee has spoken about Churchill's legacy and leadership in the U.S. Capitol, the Pentagon and the Supreme Court as well as at leading universities, museums, non-profit institutions and private clubs. He is a native of Montreal, Canada, a graduate of McGill University and holds a master's degree from the University of Chicago. Lee is a Fellow of the National Churchill Museum and a recipient of the International Churchill Society's Chartwell Award.
Baron Roberts of Belgravia is the Roger and Martha Mertz Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Professor Andrew Roberts took a first in modern history from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, from where he is an Honorary Senior Scholar and PhD. His book, The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War (2009) reached number two on the Sunday Times bestseller list, and Napoleon the Great won the Los Angeles Times Biography Prize, the Grand Prix of the Fondation Napoléon, and became a New York Times bestseller. He won the Bradley Prize in 2016. His biography of Winston Churchill, Churchill: Walking with Destiny, was published by Penguin in November 2018.
Lord Roberts is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the Royal Historical Society; an honorary Doctor of Humane Literature; a Trustee of the Margaret Thatcher Archive Trust and of the National Portrait Gallery; chairman of the Guggenheim-Lehrman Military Book Prize; the Lehrman Institute Distinguished Fellow at the New-York Historical Society; and a visiting professor of the War Studies Department of King’s College, London. He reviews history books for over a dozen newspapers and periodicals. In November 2022, Andrew was elevated to the House of Lords as Baron Roberts of Belgravia.
His website can be found at andrew-roberts.net.