FairSeat Foundation
Board of Directors
Board of Directors | Fairseat Foundation
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Board of Directors

George Orr | Chairman | Fairseat Foundation

George Orr

Chairman | Fairseat Foundation

George arrived from Canada about 40 years ago and developed several careers, from farming in Timau, finance with the UN, oil and gas exploration throughout Africa, a stock broker here in Nairobi and conservation management in various Africa countries.  He is attempting to retire from his current communication company to spend more time on his sculpting hobby and visiting residents.

Carol Stemp | Vice Chairman | Fairseat Foundation

Carol Stemp

Vice Chairman | Fairseat Foundation

Carol grew up in Kenya before leaving in 1975. Based in Washington DC, she worked for the World Bank for 20 years then as a consultant for 5 years. Main responsibilities were Departmental annual budgets for a number of countries in Europe, Middle East and North Africa Region. In 1989 she was posted to Warsaw for 3 years to help open and set up a new Bank field office with budget and HR responsibilities. From 1992 through 1996 she was posted to various countries with similar responsibilities in Albania, Hungary, Kosovo, Serbia, Brussels and finally ending in a two year posting to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan before retiring. In 2002 she was asked by the World Bank to assist with setting up and running new offices in Kabul, Afghanistan where she lived for four years. She returned to Kenya in 2006 and has been living here since.

John Ponsonby | Finance | Fairseat Foundation

John Ponsonby

Finance | Fairseat Foundation

Johnny is an accountant by training and has over 30 years project finance, corporate finance and strategy development experience. He has led teams advising on major Government infrastructure projects, with contract values of up to USD8bn. He has also undertaken many market research and due diligence assignments in the UK and East Africa, and has advised on the restructuring of Government owned businesses. John married into Kenya in 1994 and has lived here for the last 10 years. He is a trustee of the Vanessa Grant School Trust, an educational charity that supports five schools and educational facilities in Rongai, Nakuru. He is also the treasurer of the Kenya Museum Society.

Ben Allen | Managing Director | Fairseat Foundation

Ben Allen

Managing Director | Fairseat Foundation

Ben was born in Kenya and educated in Tanzania & Yorkshire, England. He read Agricultural Management at the University of Natal and went on to manage farms in Zimbabwe and Zambia before migrating to Western Australia with his wife Fiona. They lived in Perth for the next 24 years, building up a wholesale bakery business, bringing up two boys, and Ben did an MBA at Murdoch University. In December 2013 they moved back to Kenya when Ben was appointed Manager of Fairseat Foundation – a position he has held since.

Fiona Fox | Director | Fairseat Foundation

Fiona Fox

Director | Fairseat Foundation

Fiona graduated with a law degree from Glasgow University in 1973 and practised in Edinburgh before moving to Kenya in 1978. Whilst raising a young family of two boys she studied to become a qualified Company Secretary and joined Chunga Associates, the Certified Public Secretaries affiliate of PricewaterhouseCoopers as manager where she practiced for 18 years. She retired in 2008 but was persuaded to set up her own business to provide Company Secretarial services for several high-profile businesses. She finally retired in 2015. Fiona actively participates in the ladies golfing scene and enjoys tennis and bridge. With more free time available she enjoys travelling and keeping in close touch with her family and now two grand-daughters.

Rachel Mbai | Director | Fairseat Foundation

Rachel Mbai

Director | Fairseat Foundation

Rachel Mbai, a partner of Kaplan & Stratton, heads the firm’s Real Estate department, Private Client, Trusts and Estates. She is a Kenyan Advocate, Commissioner of Oaths and Notary Public. After admission as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, she joined Kaplan & Stratton in 1991 and is a well-known name in the real estate sector. She joined as a Friend of Fairseat in 2021. She is a member of MCC and sits on the Main Committee and their Governance Committee.

Mike Round-Turner | Director | Fairseat Foundation

Mike Round-Turner

Director | Fairseat Foundation

Mike is a second generation Kenyan. He joined the hospitality industry early but then spent 13 years with the banking system with Standard Chartered Bank and its asset financing subsidiaries. He then rejoined the hospitality industry with Block Hotels and progressed to hold executive positions in Kenya, Tanzania, UAE and Oman before using his experience to project manage a number of hospitality and tourism start-ups, refurbishments and new builds. More recently Mike was the general manager of Vipingo Ridge in charge of the 2,500 acre residential estate and championship golf course. He was also involved with Great Rift Valley Lodge and its residential estate and golf course. The pandemic forced an early retirement. Mike sits on the board of Safarilink Aviation and plays an active part of the company’s budget and finance committee. He is also a trustee of the Ismail Rahimtulla Trust, an education trust.