Who's Who: Canon Andrew White GCStG
Rev Canon Andrew White GCStG, Knight Grand Cross and Spiritual Protector
The Revd. Canon Andrew White GCStG is Vicar of St George’s Church, Baghdad, President of The Foundation For Relief & Reconciliation in The Middle East, Special Envoy of the Archbishop of Canterbury and Fellow of Clare College Cambridge & Harvard University. He is a Knight Grand Cross of the Order and is the Order's Spiritual Protector, succeeding Rt. Rev Dr. Michael Nazir-Ali (former Lord Bishop of Rochester) in that regard.
Canon Andrew has been widely recognised for his immensely important inter faith work, along with his Christian outreach to the people of Iraq. Some of his awards include:
- The Sternberg International Council of Christians and Jews Prize (jointly with Lord Coggan) (1991)
- Anglo-Israel Association Prize (2001)
- Sir Sigmund Sternberg Inter-Faith Prize (2003)
- Grand Commander of the Order of Merit of the Knights Templar of Jerusalem (2003)
- Interfaith Award, British Government (2003)
- Peacemaker in Action Award, The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, United States (2005)
- US Cross of Valor (2006)
- The Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths, Cambridge, Peace Prize (2007)
- Iraq Peace Prize 2010
- The International Civil Courage Prize (2010)
- Honorary PhD University of Gloucester (2010)
- Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship Award (2010) - (awarded by Rotary District 1120)
- The Anglo-Israel Association Prize for his contribution to furthering understanding between the British and Israeli nations. He was awarded the Sternberg Inter-Faith Prize for his work in promoting good relations between Judaism, Islam and Christianity.
In Iraq, Canon Andrew lives in Baghdad and serves as the vicar of St George's Church just outside the Green Zone. He has been dubbed "Vicar of Baghdad", because his church is the only remaining Anglican church in Iraq. His people (the congregation of St George's) refer to him as their "Aboona" (Father). Here, he has continued the reconciliation that he promoted during his time as Director of International Ministry at Coventry Cathedral. The Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East was established in 2005 as part of his reconciliation work in Iraq and the Middle East as a whole.
Canon Andrew is the author of a number of books including: "The Vicar of Baghdad", "Iraq, Searching for Hope", "Iraq, People of Promise, Land of Despair".
Who's Who: Simon McIlwaine GCStG
Grand Prior Simon McIlwaine GCStG graduated with a MA in law from Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, and is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel.
He is also a:
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine,
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts,
- Member of MENSA.
He is passionately in favour of voluntarism and civil defence, being a qualified first aider with St John Ambulance, the holder of an OFCOM radio licence and an officer in a volunteer yeomanry/civil defence corps in London.
He is keen on developing support for Lowland Search and Rescue organisations and, through the Corps St Lazarus International, Lowland Search Dogs Kent.
He is on the Court of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters and is a Liveryman in the Clockmakers Livery Company.
He has been involved in Anglican-Jewish interfaith work for several years and regularly worships at St Giles in the Fields, Central London.
Simon has also written and lectured on a wide range of public policy /geopolitical issues and is a member of the Association for Intelligence Officers. Committed to the welfare of serving and former military personnel, he is a member of the Connaught Rangers’ Association, the Combined Irish Regiments’ Old Comrades Association and the Ulster Special Constabulary Association and has been instrumental in forging close relationships between the Knightly Order Valiant of St. George and the Army, in particular with affiliated Regiment, 3PWRR.
He was appointed a Kentucky Colonel in 2009 and a Knight Grand Officer of the Order of the Eagle of Georgia in 2010.
Who's Who: Chev. Steve Nimmons GCStG OLJ
Steve Nimmons is a Knight Grand Cross of the Order and holds the positions of Grand Herald and Director of Inter Faith Relations.
Chev. Steve Nimmons GCStG OLJ with HE Major-General Dr Vitez Janos D. Karaszy-Kulin (1929-2008)
Professionally Steve is a 'Corporate Scientist' and Head of Enterprise Architecture Consulting in the UK for a Global IT Services Company. He is a:
- Certified European Engineer (Eur Ing),
- Chartered Engineer (CEng),
- Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS CITP),
- Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET),
- Fellow of the Royal Institution (FRI),
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA),
- Fellow of the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (FIMIS),
- Fellow of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers (FIAP),
- Fellow of the Linnean Society (FLS),
- Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (FSA Scot),
- Member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists (MCIOJ),
- Member of the British Association for the Advancement of Science,
- Member of the Campaign for Science and Engineering.
He is also a member of a number of industry panels and think tanks. He is listed in Marquis “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering”, 11th edition and “Who’s Who in the World”, 28th edition.
Steve is a member of the Rotary Club of London (the first club chartered outside of North America) and is a member of the Chairman's Circle of the Council of Christians and Jews. A well-known figure in political as well as inter faith circles, Steve worked with the Anne Frank Trust UK to bring the "Anne Frank + You" exhibition to Northern Ireland for the first time in 2010.
A long-time member and supporter of the Royal British Legion, Steve is a member of the Prince of Wales’s Leinster Regiment Association and a member of the Royal Society of St. George. His primary areas of interest include, science, technology and engineering, inter faith relations and the Middle East.
Who's Who: Chev Anthony Williams KCStG
Chev. Anthony Williams is a Knight Commander of the Order, and currently holds the position of Commander of the Commandery of Georgia (USA)
Chev. Anthony holds a BA in History from the University of Reading, and an MA in History from University College London. Born and raised in London, England, he now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Professionally, he is an accountant for a major US-based Investment Bank. He is married to Whitney Williams.
Chev. Anthony was Invested into the Order of St George in May 2012, and since then, he has been responsible for the establishment of the Commandery of Georgia and its enshrinement in both Federal and State law. In January 2013, he was promoted to Knight Commander for his efforts in this area. Outside of the Order of St. George, he was made a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters in 2009. He was commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of Kentucky in January 2013.
Who's Who: Dave Phillips GCStG
Chev. Dave Phillips GCStG joined the army in 1979 and after initial training was posted to the 2nd Battalion the Royal Irish Rangers. He completed tours of Gibraltar, Canada and Berlin, where his duties included guarding Rudolf Hess in Spandau Prison. Then it was off to Cyprus, as a United Nations peacekeeper and then to Northern Ireland for his first tour.
After successful completion of a six month selection course, in 1988 he transferred to the Small Arms School Corps. His career culminated in being selected to establish a new post in the Sultan of Oman’s Military Academy (equivalent to Sandhurst). In 2005 Dave was offered the position as a Yeoman Warder (Beefeater) at the Tower of London and after more than 26 years of military service, he resigned from the army to take up this exciting new appointment.
During his military career Dave was a volunteer with the National Parks in Wales and The National Trust in Suffolk. He was also involved in many fundraising events to raise awareness and much needed funds for those less fortunate in society. This included such events as:
- The Cape March – A two day 55 mile march in full military equipment around Table Mountain in South Africa – Raising money to fund new equipment in the children’s ward of the local Welsh hospital.
- The Lowe Alpine Western Isles Challenge – A three day race across the Western Isles of Scotland – Raising funds to pay for a hyperbaric chamber for a local toddler who was severely brain damaged in a domestic accident in Suffolk.
- Tough Guy – An arduous cross-country marathon and obstacle course – Raising funds for the British Legion.
Since coming back to live in London, Dave continues with his fundraising efforts especially for military charities such as Help for Heroes and the Military Wing of Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham. He was also a team member in the Rhino Charge, an international cross-country driving competition in Kenya to raise funds for conservation work in the Aberdare National Park.
Dave is also involved in working with the school leavers in the East End of London with the transition from school into the world of work. This has involved day long group discussions in schools with Year 11 students and mentoring individual students with the preparation of CVs, job applications and the job interview process.
Dave and his wife Judith are Foster Carers for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and at the time of writing they are caring for a 9 month old baby they have had since birth.
- Completed 26 years of exemplary military service that saw him rise to the rank of Warrant Officer Class One
- A multitude of internationally recognised military and civilian qualifications
- Been awarded an Air Officers Commendation for his charity work while seconded for two years to the Royal Air Force Regiment – An unusual award to a soldier, from the Royal Air Force
- Raised many thousands of pounds for worthwhile causes at home and abroad
- Trainer with Newham Education Business Partnership
- Mentor for the East London Business Alliance
CURRENTLY DAVE IS:
- A Yeoman Warder of Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London
- A Member of the Sovereigns Bodyguard of the Yeoman of the Guard in Extraordinary
- A Special Constable in The Metropolitan Police Service (since 2007)
- A Freeman of The City of London
- Member in the Companionate of Merit in The Military and Hospitaller Order of St Lazarus
- Involved in charity fundraising for many important causes
Who's Who: Chev. Ian Tough KCStG
Knight Commander Ian W Tough is Deputy Grand Marshal of the Order of St George.
Professionally, he is a former Senior Civil Servant. He was an Assistant Secretary (Director of Supplier Relations) at HM Treasury’s Office of Government Commerce.
Ian is now Regional Officer for the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) in London & South East Regions.
He is a:
- Justice of the Peace
- Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
- Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply
- Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute
- Fellow of the Institute of Management Services
- European Institute of Industrial Engineers (member)
- Fellow of the Zoological Society of London
- Fellow of the Linnean Society
- Fellow of the RSPB
- Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
Ian is also a:
- Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of World Traders and Freeman of the City of London;
- Freeman and Burgess of the City of Glasgow and member of the Incorporation of Wrights;
- 2011/12 President of the Rotary Club of St Pancras;
- Kentucky Colonel – UK Brigade;
- Member of TocH and the Royal British Legion.
Who's Who: Chev Simon Evans KStG
Chev. Simon Evans KStG is Grand Banner Bearer of the Grand Priory of the United Kingdom.
Chev. Simon Evans KStG (left) presenting a cheque to the Friends of Friendless Churches Charity.
Chev. Simon works in the City (London) for a leading investment bank and has specialist industry knowledge in Fixed Income and Equity related products, trade flows, trade executions and matters of settlement.
He is married to Diana Evans and has one daughter.
Simon is Sacrosanct at Christ Church, Hampstead as well as being;
- Protector and Founder of the Order of St David & St Non (The Patron of which is the Lord Bishop of St David’s).
- Vice President of the City of London Bowling Club (The President of which is the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of London)
- Hon Secretary of the City of London Bowling Club (2006-present)
- Middlesex County Lawn Bowls Association – Middleton Cup player since 2001
- Middlesex County Lawn Bowls Association Top 8 Team (2009 &10)
- Freeman of the City of London
- Dyfed-Powys Police Special Constable (1995-97)
- Secretary Rotaract Club of Aberystwyth (1996)
Simon recently secured £250,000 in compensation for the City of London Bowling Club from TFL / Crossrail, his hard work, grit and determination in fighting for and securing this compensation payment prevented the club (founded in 1924) from closure.
Who's Who: Mike Boxall CStG
Mike Boxall CStG holds the rank of Major in the Corps St. Lazarus International. A member of South England Command, he is also on the Personal Staff of The Union Commander as a text translator.
Professionally, Mike is a freelance instructional designer developing and scripting on-line training courses. In this role since 1990, he has produced courses for The Ford Motor Co., PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Security Industry Training Organisation, BP, Reuters Logistics Services, and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees among many others.
Originally a teacher of English, Mike was a Language Instructor with the Armed Forces of Kuwait in the early 1980s and subsequently a teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Greece.
A keen military flute player, he is a member of The Corps of Drums Society and plays with The Cinque Ports R.V. Corps of Drums and the Fusiliers Association (London) Corps of Drums.