Patrick Orr, Executive Chairman
In a career spanning more than five decades, Patrick Orr has spent much of his time promoting African issues while providing services to African governments, UN organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), higher education institutions and the corporate sector. He helped to establish Raitt Orr and Associates in 1982 as the London hub for two public relations organisations in Africa – Church Orr and Associates of Nairobi and Lloyd Orr Communications of Johannesburg. When living in Kenya in the 1970s, he was the only non-Kenyan on the Board of the Kenya Tourist Development Corporation.
In recent years, he was closely involved in the political transition that followed the December 2002 elections in Kenya. He served on consultative missions of the UN-affiliated University for Peace (UPEACE) to Sudan and Kenya, and launched the UPEACE Africa Programme in Maputo, Mozambique. He organised a major pan-African conference on the future of Africa’s news media in Nairobi in 2006. He helped to draw attention to the plight of the City of Bethlehem in a programme called ‘Open Bethlehem’ – focusing on the suffocation of the city by the imposition of the separation wall.
Current activities include promoting the interests of Japan’s largest private philanthropic foundation, The Nippon Foundation, which includes work - for over 25 years - with its subsidiary, the Sasakawa Africa Association; promoting the activities of St George’s University, Grenada, as a Caribbean centre of international excellence and education hub for the Commonwealth; strengthening African parliaments through the Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA), and raising the profile of The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), at that time the world’s largest bilateral development agency, following the merger with the overseas economic co-operation section of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) in October 2008.
Patrick Orr is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Business Council for Africa UK (BCA UK). BCA UK represents the interests of the 600 members of the Eastern Africa Association and the Business Council for Africa through the European Business Council for Africa and the Mediterranean in Brussels (EBCAM). He remains a member of the board of the Eastern African Association (EAA).
Patrick is Chairman of the London-based Kenya Society and a founder member of the Society, the African Tourism and Travel Association (ATTA) and the Public Relations Society of Kenya (PRSK). He serves on the board of the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF). He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership in Africa, established by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and a trustee of Rhino Ark UK, the major conservation charity based in Kenya.
Henry Gilliver, Senior Account Manager
Henry Gilliver joined Raitt Orr in April 2016. He has experience in promoting international development and human rights issues at the United Nations, where he has organised and participated in events enabling young advocates to influence policymakers at a high level. Reports from these sessions have been submitted to United Nations Right to Development Working Group in Geneva. He has been involved in similar events at the Houses of Parliament, working with stakeholders to produce policy proposals on a range of global issues. He joins Raitt Orr having completed a public affairs internship at a leading London agency, where he worked on a number of policy areas including energy and education.
Henry holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from King’s College London and an MSc in International Public Policy from University College London. Aside from a passion for domestic politics, Henry is particularly interested in Africa and the Middle East, and global issues around gender and human rights.
James Killin, Account Executive
James Killin joined Raitt Orr in April 2018. Prior to this he interned with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Brussels, where he worked with groups in the European Parliament and UNESCO to coordinate a series of events highlighting EU support for Palestinian refugees. He has a professional background in local government communications, and experience supporting charities and campaigning organisations, including in parliamentary activities.
He holds an MA in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from the University of Leeds, and a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature, also from Leeds.