Trustees & Governance

Pat Upson

Dr Pat Upson has been Chairman of Lattitude Global Volunteering since 2014.

He was Chief Executive of the Enrichment Technology Company, which was responsible for building plants for enriching uranium in Europe and the USA. He retired in 2011, having spent 40 years in the nuclear industry. In 2007 Pat was awarded the CBE for his work in Industry.

He was president of the European Nuclear Society in 2000/2001. He has held various volunteer roles in training and education over the past two decades, including that as Chairman of the Learning and Skills Academy for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, and Chairman of the Nuclear Skills Academy for SE England.

Pat is married to Helen, and they have two daughters and three grandchildren


Harvey Smith OBE

Now retired, Dr Harvey Smith spent over 30 years in the education sector in developing countries, including in post-conflict and fragile situations, leading complex programmes in Africa and Asia and advising ministries and aid agencies.

From 2007 to 2013 he was Africa Director for a leading British education charity.

His areas of expertise include strategic planning, project management and monitoring and evaluation. He has a PhD in the management of aid projects and was made an OBE in 1988.

Steve McCann

Steve was one of the earlier volunteers at Lattitude, back in 1884 he went with a group to spend time on a kibbutz, in Israel.

Since the he has gained a degree in Literature, served as an Officer in the Army, with the UN in the former Yugoslavia, and established his own risk management and advisory company, Safer Edge, in 2002. In that time Steve has worked with many INGO and Academic clients around the world, helping them do great things in difficult places.

In 2017 he stepped out of executive management at Safer Edge to spend more time working with his wife, Judy Rees, and international expert in remote team communications.

He has one son, Tom, and lives with Judy in London, where he spends much of his leisure time training for and competing in triathlons, from sprint up to Iron man distance.

Ben White