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.