Board of Trustees

The Hon. Dr Paul Flather (Chair)
Dr Paul Flather

Dr Flather is currently a Fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford, and was founding Secretary–General (CEO) of the Europaeum club of leading European universities (2001-17), and now serves as director for special projects. He has worked for the BBC, Times newspapers, deputy-editor of the New Statesman, was elected to the former London Council in the 1980s, and worked actively with dissident movements in Central Europe. He was appointed founding Secretary-General (CEO) of the Central European University, set up by George Soros, before returning to Oxford as Director of External and International Relations. His research focus is democracy and he sits on a number of boards and trusts, and has taught at many international universities, most recently at Charles University, Prague. He has been VNEF Chair since 2001.


Sir Nicholas Barrington KCMG, CVO, MA
Sir Nicholas Barrington

Retired British career Diplomat who served twice in Pakistan: as First Secretary during the Ayub era (when he first got to know Lady Noon), and from 1987 to 1994, when he was British Ambassador and High Commissioner. After retirement he has helped build bridges between the UK and Asia, including acting as chairman of the Pakistan Society and raising money for Islamic studies at Cambridge University. He is an Honorary Fellow of Clare College, and lives in Cambridge and London. He published this two parallel books of memories, Nicholas Meets Barrington and Envoy in 2013.


Professor Haroon Ahmed, ScD, FREng
Professor Haroon Ahmed

Former Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He is now an Honorary Fellow of the College and is Emeritus Professor of Microelectronics at the University of Cambridge and was Head of the Microelectronics Research Centre of the Cavendish Laboratory. He has taught in the Engineering and Physics Departments and is the author of several books and research papers on electronics. He was elected a Fellow of Corpus Christi College in 1967 and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1990 and was a non-Executive Director of the NHS Addenbrooke’s Trust. He is now a Visiting Professor at the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory, and he is now writing on historical books on Cambridge and Oxford. Cambridge Computing and Cambridge Depicted were published in 2013.


Dr  Rosemary Raza
Dr Rosemary Raza

After graduating from Somerville College, Oxford, she became a career diplomat in the British Foreign Service. She resigned on marriage to Rafi Raza, and returned with him to Pakistan where he served as a Federal Minister in the cabinet of Z. A. Bhutto. From the late 1970s she lived with her family in London, where she pursued her interests in antiques, art and journalism. In the early 1990s she returned to Somerville College to undertake a D.Phil. on British women writers on early colonial India. She now researches and writes on the subcontinent, particularly on art and the work and lives of women writers, and has contributed to the New Dictionary of National Biography.


Ehsan Mani
Ehsan Mani

Former President of the International Cricket Council. He is a Chartered Accountant by profession. He is on the board of United Trust Bank Limited in London and is also a non-executive director of Places for People Group, one of the largest Registered Social Landlords in the UK. He chairs the Audit Committees of both the companies. He is a member of the Board of Governors and chairman of the Audit Committee of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in Lahore, Pakistan. He is a trustee of Sanjan Nagar Educational Trust which provides high level education to over 600 under privileged children (mainly girls) in Lahore. He is a consultant to Dubai Sports City in the UAE and to a number of Cricket Boards around the world.


Naila Hayat Noon
Naila Amat-un-Nur

Daughter of the late Manzoor Hayat Noon, former trustee of the VNEF, and grand daughter of Sir Firoz Khan Noon. She completed her early education at Lahore Grammar School, graduated from Kinnaird College Lahore in Political Science in 1988 and completed a Masters’ degree in Comparative Philosophy. She serves as a representative and teaching guide in the Sufi Order International. She has presented papers at various international symposia and written articles on Spirituality, Islamic Feminism and World Peace. She currently resides in Lahore, Pakistan.


Khwaja Ahmad Hosain
Khwaja Ahmad Hosain

Khwaja Ahmad Hosain is one of Pakistan’s leading corporate lawyers,  currently serving as the Additional Attorney General for Pakistan, ap- pearing on various matters before the Supreme Court. He is a Board  member of two companies and a senior partner in a Lahore law firm in  Lahore. He graduated from Oxford amd London and was called to the  Bar in England in 1991. His current focus is mergers and acquisitions,  corporate law, and finance, He teaches law at the Lahore University of  Management Sciences, he writes on law in the media, and is an accredited mediator. He is married with three children, and enjoys skiing,  golf and travel.

Ameena Saiyid OBE

Chair of Oxford University Press Pakistan, with additional responsibilities for the Middle East, Central Asia, and North Africa. She is the first woman in Pakistan to be President of the Overseas Investors’ Chamber of Commerce Industry (OICCI) in its 150 year history, and to become head of a multinational company. In 2005, she was awarded the OBE by the Queen, and in 2013, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the Government of France. She is the founder and director of the Karachi and Islamabad Literature Festivals. She was also awarded one of Pakistan’s highest civilian honours, the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Distinction) by the President.

 Faisal Devji

Faisal Devji is Reader in Modern South Asian History and Fellow of St. Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, where he is also Director of the Asian Studies Centre.He works on the intellectual history of India and Pakistan, as well as that of Islam more generally, and is the author of four books, including ones on Gandhi and Pakistan as a political idea.



Former Noon Trustees include:

Professor Andrew Goudie
Professor Andrew Goudie

Former Professor of Geography, Pro-Vice Chancellor, and Master of St Cross College (2003-11) at Oxford University. A main research focus has been the Karakorum Mountains, where he led a Royal Geographical Society expedition in 1980 to examine where the tectonic plates collide, and the numerous intensive and destructive natural phenomena that result, such as earthquakes, mud flows, and floods. He received the RGS Royal Medal in 1991, Royal Belgian Academy prize in 2002, and has been President of the International Association of Geomorphologists and the Geographical Association. He was a Fellow of Hertford College , Oxford, from 1984 to 2003. He devotes a chapter to Pakistan and India in his textbook Great Warm Deserts of the World (OUP 2002).


Dr Humayun Khan (1992-2015)

Dr Khan has had a distinguished career as a civil servant in Pakistan and for the Commonwealth. He is a Former Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi and in London, and also served as Pakistan Foreign Secretary, the top civil service post in the department. He was then appointed Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, based in London where he served with distinction for many years. He was a founding Trustee of the Noon Educational Foundation and a close friend of Lady Noon, serving as Chairman in the mid-1990s.


Professor Dame Louise Johnson DBE, FRS (2001-2012)

David Phillips Professor of Molecular Biophysics, a former Professorial Fellow at Corpus Christi College, and Honorary Fellow of Somerville College, University of Oxford. She graduated from University College London in Physics and completed her PhD at the Royal Institution, London in Molecular Biophysics. She was appointed to the Professorship of Molecular Biophysics in 1990. She served on many national and international committees for the administration of science and had special interests in promoting science in the developing countries. She passed away in 2012.


Mr Manzoor Hayat Noon (1994-2011)

Son of Sir Firoz Khan Noon, he studied Jurisprudence at Wadham College, Oxford. After graduation he returned to Pakistan and worked in marketing for Burmah Shell at Dacca, Karachi and Lahore. He later served as chair of the Noon Group in Pakistan, was a member of the Federal Council of Pakistan in the 1980s, and Vice President of the SOS Children’s Villages in Pakistan since its inception.


Mr John Baron T.D (1992-2002)

Graduate of Downing College Cambridge, he worked all his life as a professional solicitor. A former School Governor, member of the Trustees Endowment Funds of the United Birmingham Hospitals (Teaching), formerly Birmingham Health Authority member. He also served in the Royal Artillery N.S and Territorial Army for 25 years. He was a founding Trustee and Secretary to the Board, having been instructed by Lady Noon in setting up the VNEF.


The Hon. William Grosvenor (1992-97)

Founding Chair of the VNEF, he studied at Eton College, the University of Perugia and Trinity College, Oxford. He was a first cousin to HH the Aga Khan, and had a background in marketing communications, having represented the Government of Pakistan, British Aerospace, West Merchant Bank and Gulf Oil. He also worked on projects in the UK, France, China, Austria and Germany and served as a Trustee of the Ludwig Keimer Foundation. He passed away in 2002.