Meet the Board

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KEVIN HOWARD, A.C.I.B., MBE - CHAIRMAN

Kevin Howard is a Managing Director at TD Securities. Kevin has been an Energy Banker in the Houston market for almost 30 years, following his move to the U.S. in 1990.

Prior to joining TD, Kevin spent 42 years with the Royal Bank of Scotland, most of which time was spent in Energy, including various managerial roles in London and as Head of Energy for the Americas.

Kevin is very active in the Houston community and serves as Chairman of the British American Business Council (Houston Chapter) as well as Chairman of BAFTX. He was awarded an MBE by the Queen in 2011 for services to British Industry in a foreign country and charity work. Kevin has two daughters and two grandsons and is an avid Manchester United fan!


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James McLennan - President

James has served as Senior Vice President of Sales with Wood Mackenzie in Houston since relocating from Edinburgh, Scotland in 2010.  He first joined Wood Mackenzie in London in 2003, prior to which he was an Investment Banker with Deutsche Bank.  James graduated from Aberdeen University in Scotland with a MA in Accountancy and began his career with Price Waterhouse in Aberdeen. 

Married with two children, James spends most of his free time either on the golf course or with family and friends.  James joined the Board of BAFTX in 2011 after being inspired by our late President, Susan Howard's, hard work and vision for BAFTX with the simple mission of providing scholarships and a gateway to a better future for those less financially fortunate and yet so academically gifted.  James became President of the Board of BAFTX in 2018.     

James also serves as Vice President of the British American Business Council (Houston Chapter) which has close working ties with BAFTX as its chosen charity.


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John Carrig - Vice President & treasurer

Mr. John A. Carrig is an independent director who currently serves on the board of directors of WPX Energy, an independent oil and gas producer based in Tulsa and Forum Energy Technologies, a global oil field products company based in Houston.  Prior to its sale in 2017, he served on the board of TRC Company, a national engineering, consulting and construction management firm headquartered in Windsor Connecticut, and earlier this year he retired from the board of Skanska AB, a global project development and construction group based in Stockholm, Sweden.  

Carrig previously was the President and Chief Operating Officer of ConocoPhillips prior to his retirement in 2011, and before that the Chief Financial Officer of Conoco and of Phillips Petroleum Company prior to its merger with Conoco.

Carrig received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University (New Jersey), a J.D. degree from Temple University (Pennsylvania), and a graduate tax law degree from the New York University School of Law.

He is a member of the Overseers Council for the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University and serves on the boards of the Alley Theatre and the British American Foundation of Texas.


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Patty Dundee - Board Member

Patricia J Dundee is a Managing Director at TD Securities. She has over 28 years’ experience in the Energy Industry where she currently serves as the Senior Relationship Banker for a number of major investment grade oil and gas companies and smaller non-investment grade midstream companies.  

She began her banking career joining National Westminster Bank in December 1985 as a Financial Analyst and over the years held positions increasing responsibility in corporate banking, investment banking, structured finance, portfolio management and credit‎.

Patty is a Graduate of the University of Houston. She is active in TD’s Women in Leadership group and also serves on the Board of the British American Foundation of Texas. Patty is married and has three children and a granddaughter.


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Nadia Durant - Board Member

Nadia Durant qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001 with PwC in Scotland and has more than 15 years of experience in the international tax arena in the Oil and Gas Industry. She has lived in the US, South America and the UK over the course of her career and has spent the last 8 years in Houston.

Over the years, Nadia has held several roles with non-profit organisations including treasury roles and was a founding member of the One by One Organisation in Brazil that provides wheelchairs to financially disadvantaged children and youths. 

Nadia believes strongly that all young people should be afforded the opportunity to better themselves and earn an education.  She has been a supporter of BAFTX  for a number of years, impressed with the organization’s energy, dedication and practical approach and was recently on the Gala Committee in 2017.  In 2018 Nadia joined the BAFTX Board of Directors


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Jennifer Fink - Board Member

Jennifer Fink is a former marketing manager for Junior Achievement and client manager for IBM. She discovered BAFTX in 2009 when she relocated to Houston from London, and was attracted by its fusion of two of her personal passions: promoting educational opportunity as well as British culture and tradition. In 2017 she joined the BAFTX Board of Directors.  She holds a B.S. from Indiana University and an M.B.A from Arizona State University.  


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Joanne Howard - Board Member

Joanne Howard is Director of Sustainability for Crestwood.  She is responsible for managing and advancing sustainability practices at Crestwood and integrating sustainability into strategic planning, policies, communications, and employee engagement activities. Joanne also manages external reporting of Crestwood’s programs and performance, including publication of Crestwood’s sustainability report.  She also develops community investment opportunities and tracks CSR trends and emerging issues to identify opportunities for continued performance improvements and development of strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining Crestwood in 2018, Howard was the Director of Sustainability at Spectra Energy and before that was the Vice-Consul for Energy and Environment at UK Trade & Investment located at the British Consulate-General in Houston.  Here, Joanne worked extensively on a range of sustainability and energy policy issues including energy security, renewables and climate policy.

Joanne graduated from the University of Bristol with a masters in international relations.

She has served on the board of the British American Foundation of Texas since 2011 and is an ardent supporter of education and enriching the lives of others. Joanne’s mother was a founding member of BAFTX and she is passionate about continuing her mother’s legacy. With her sister, Joanne picks the recipients of the annual Susan Howard community service award.

Joanne also is on the board of the Awty International Alumni Association.


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Martin Hunt - Board Member

Martin Hunt is a Partner at the international law firm of King & Spalding, which has 21 offices world-wide. Martin is based in the firm’s London and Houston offices. He is a corporate M&A lawyer focusing on numerous sectors, in particular the energy sector. He has worked on projects in over 70 countries and has visited over 125 countries. He is a qualified English solicitor and both a Texas attorney and a New York Attorney.

Martin is a graduate of St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge University. He is married with one child. He has been both the President and a Director of the British American Business Council. He has been on the board of BAFTX for around ten years and provides legal advice to the organization.


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Julie Phan Rose, SPHR - Board Member

Julie Phan Rose is a Human Resources Executive with over 20 years in various industries most recently with Oil and Gas.

Julie is originally from Vietnam and immigrated to the US as a child to Seattle, Washington. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Sociology and her graduate degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.

Julie is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and currently holds the position of HR Director of the Oil and Gas sector for TRC Solutions. She is married with 2 children and enjoys spending her spare time playing tennis, traveling and shopping.


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Kathy Sauvé - Board Member

Kathy Sauvé is manager of Stakeholder and Community Engagement for Marathon Oil Corporation. She is responsible for managing the Company’s external sustainability strategy and reporting, and developing Corporate-wide stakeholder engagement and social investment strategies.

Prior to joining Marathon Oil, she was director of Public Affairs for TEPPCO Partners, L.P., a U.S. pipeline partnership, where she was responsible for internal and external communications and philanthropy.

Kathy holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from The University of Texas at Austin. She also serves on Board of Directors of the Houston Coalition for the Homeless Board, and the IPAA/PESA Education Advisory Committee.


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PAT SCHIELE - Board Member

Patrick (Pat) Schiele started his career in 1990 with GE Power Generation as a field engineer after graduating from Louisiana State University (LSU) with a degree in mechanical engineering.  He spent 11 years serving largely the power generation industry from assignments in Atlanta, Georgia and Houston, Texas.  During this time he graduated from GE’s six sigma university as one of the company’s first “black belts” and later on “master black belts”.  In 2001 he moved back to Atlanta with GE Digital Energy, and started on his MBA from The University of Texas where he would graduate in 2003.  In 2002, he was asked to move to Miami to run Latin America for a new division acquired (Bently Nevada) focusing on monitoring and diagnostics, this time more focused on down stream oil & gas.  The next 12 years were spent in successive leadership roles service global customers in largely oil & gas sectors for monitoring and diagnostics solutions.  In 2014, Pat and his family were asked to move to Aberdeen, Scotland with GE Vetco Gray, running operations for services in that sector.  Finally, after returning to the states in 2016 and running GE Motors for a year, Pat left GE and joined Powell Industries as global services leader, helping to build a robust global service business for the energy sector.

Pat joined the board of directors of BAFTX in 2018 as an opportunity to “give back”.  He sees the synergy between his time in Scotland, his 3 assignments in Houston, and his career in the energy industry as a chance to facilitate opportunities for great future talent. 


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Kay Thomson - Executive Director

Kay started her role at BAFTX in 2016. She believes that education is the most significant driver in social and economic improvement, giving talent and ambition a chance to benefit us all. She is determined that BAFTX will continue to grow and build on its success, and that education and achieving objectives should not be dependent on financial status.

Kay is from East Sussex in the South of England. She graduated from the University of Surrey with a double honors in French and Economics and started work as a Technical Translator at Electricité de France in Paris. Since then, she has worked for several organizations worldwide, as a Translator at Veolia Water in Singapore, Lecturer in Modern Languages at Western University in Azerbaijan, Legal PA at Jones Day in Paris and Events Coordinator and subsequently Placement Manager at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen for 5 years. Following her move to Houston in 2013, Kay continued to work for Robert Gordon University as a Consultant. 

Kay is also on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the College of Natural Science and Mathematics at University of Houston.


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Carole Serjeant - Administration

Carole Serjeant is from Liverpool, England.  Moving to Houston would be the third time Carole, along with husband Owen have relocated to the USA.  Before arriving in Houston, September 2007 they had lived in Columbus Ohio for 8 years. 

Having prior experience working within the charity sector, in both the USA and UK, Carole was delighted to be able to join BAFTX in January 2008.  The BAFTX vision was still in the beginning stages, and working closely alongside then President, Susan Howard, the scholarship program began to be fully implemented. The introduction of events helped shape the program and enabled Sponsors to see how their donations were being used.   In this new era I am grateful to be able to work along side Kay Thomson and the Board and watch the BAFTX program going from strength to strength.