About us The team Steven Smith MBE, Chief Executive Steve Smith has been CEO of IRT since May 2016. Prior to joining IRT, Steve was, for four years, CEO of Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) - a UK-based, international NGO, with the mission of reducing the global incidence and impact of armed violence. Here, he oversaw programmes in Burundi, Sierra Leone, Western Sahara, Liberia and DRC, while conducting advocacy work with major institutions, such as the UN, World Customs Organisation and British Houses of Parliament. Steve came to AOAV from a military background, which saw him serve on operations in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Iraq and several other unstable regions. He therefore brings a broad spectrum of operational experience to IRT, having seen first hand, the awful plight facing many in the developing world.