The Anglo Jordanian Society is a UK registered charity, which is maintained by a committee of volunteers

Chairman: Debbie Flynn

Managing Partner and Global Travel Practice Leader for New York-based Communications agency Finn Partners

Debbie was the founder of The Brighter Group in 1995 and they were appointed as the representative office for the Jordan Tourism Board in August  2000. Debbie has lost track of the number of times she has been to Jordan and has been a trustee of the AJS  for 5 years. Debbie is each year named by the PR Week Power Book as one of the top 10 travel comms influencers in the UK and advises a number of organisations pro bono including Just A Drop, Tourism Cares and the Global Travel and Tourism Resilience Council. Debbie is a judge on the Peace Through Tourism Awards and sits on the advisory board of the Travel Media Awards, the World Tourism Association for Culture and Heritage and is part of the Founding Circle for the World Experience Organisation.

The Committee

Faris Ned Donovan is a British writer who lives between the UK and Jordan. He was previously based in Delhi as the South Asia Correspondent for a major British newspaper following several years as a news reporter in London. 

Much of his time is spent travelling in the Middle East and the rest of West Asia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs. 

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Emma has been a member of the Society since it was born, she also served as the Honorary Secretary for a number of years.  Emma was born in Jordan and spent her early life in Amman. Having worked for Royal Jordanian Airlines all her working life, Jordan has always been a very important and special place in her life.

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David Vallance

Honorary Treasurer of Anglo Jordanian Society(AJS) for the past 10 years.  In the last 21 years David has been in the Accountancy profession and is now semi-retired.  David visited Jordan with the AJS in the year 2000 and fell in love with the country and its people which brings alive the work we do through the AJS children’s charities in Jordan.

Mais Haddadin

Mais is a purpose-led professional with a wide commercial and international experience. She is a Principal at NexantECA with a focus on sustainability and strategic engagement in the energy and chemicals sector.

Over the years, she designed and led transformational economic and industry programmes between the UK and Jordan empowering and enabling positive change with tangible impact and strategic collaborations.

Debbie Flynn

Debbie is the CEO of Brighter PR who is the Jordan Tourist Board in the UK.  Brighter PR has been running the JTB account for the last 14 years.

Hassan Dajani

Hassan Dajani is a retired architect, with much experience in commercial and residential projects. Hassan resides in Roehampton and spends his time with his family and is an avid tennis and golf player.

Dr Robert Bewley

Dr Robert Bewley PhD is a trained archaeologist and the Director of the Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa project at the University of Oxford.

He was previously at English Heritage and then Director of Operations for the Heritage Lottery Fund.  He has travelled to Jordan many times and, as an aerial archaeologist, has flown all over the country and produced the book (with David Kennedy) ‘Ancient Jordan from the Air’.

Samer Bagaeen

Before joining 100 Resilient Cities/Rockefeller Foundation as Associate Director for Europe and the Middle East out of their London office, Samer worked in academia and in the private, public and voluntary sectors across Europe and the Middle East. Most recently, Samer led graduate urban planning education at the University of Brighton in England and was Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Jordan. He is a Trustee of the UK’s oldest town planning charity, the Town and Country Planning Association