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BASIC Leadership Announcement

After three successful years with BASIC, Co-Director Maxwell Downman is departing to take up a post at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The BASIC Board and Co-Directors, Marion Messmer and Sebastian Brixey-Williams, thank Maxwell for all his enormous contributions to the organisation and wish him every success in his new role. 

Maxwell says: ‘My time at BASIC has been an amazing opportunity to work with so many passionate and inspiring people trying to make the world a safer place. I believe passionately in BASIC’s work promoting dialogue to advance global security and of its importance in the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the Non-Proliferation Treaty. I am stepping down to take an exciting new job opportunity in Government.’

Co-Chair of the BASIC Board of Trustees, Dr Trevor McCrisken, says: “Maxwell has been a deeply important part of BASIC’s team over the past three years. His research into NATO and wider changes in US nuclear policy have been informative and timely during a period of change and challenge in international politics. He has been instrumental in the growth of BASIC as an organisation and was a crucial part of the team as we transitioned to new leadership. ”

Co-Directors Marion Messmer and Sebastian Brixey-Williams will lead BASIC into 2020 and carry forward our exciting range of programme work on strategic risk reduction, nuclear responsibilities, and stepping stones to disarmament.

For more information about BASIC’s work, please contact Marion at [email protected] or Sebastian at

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