Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne (Chairman)
Baroness Nicholson is a member of Britain’s Upper Chamber of Parliament, the House of Lords, and has recently been appointed as the Chairman of the House of Lords Sexual Violence in Conflict Committee. She chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Foreign Affairs and was a member of the influential ad-hoc Soft Power Committee. She has taken part in many election observer missions to countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iraq, Russia, Moldova, Kenya and Zambia, and was Chief International Observer twice in Yemen and Armenia.
She was a member of the European Parliament for ten years, and served as Vice President of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Defence, and Security Policy. She also served as a Rapporteur for Iraq, Kashmir, and Romania. She continues to serve on the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and is the former chairman of the Interparliamentary Standing Delegation between the European Parliament and Iraq.
Baroness Nicholson began her political life as a Member of the Parliament in Britain in 1987, serving a constituency in the South West of England for 10 years. Previously she had worked as a Director of Save the Children, and started life as a computer software developer and engineer. Away from work, her great love is music. She trained at Britain’s Royal Academy of Music.
DR THEODORE ZELDIN (President)
His books have focused on the role of the emotions in every aspect of life. His History of French Passions won Britain’s top historical award, the Wolfson Prize, and was followed by the bestseller The French, dealing with contemporary society. He was president of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais Planning Commission, adviser to the French Millennium Commission, and presenter of the Prime Minister’s website.
His book on Happiness, his Intimate History of Humanity and his BBC lectures on Conversation marked the expansion of his research to all civilisations. His writings have been translated into 24 languages. He became a member of the BBC Brains Trust and made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Picked as an international thought leader by Fast Company USA, and as “one of Britain’s leading intellects” by Management Today; he has been active in the executive leadership programmes of Templeton College Oxford, is an Associate Fellow of Oxford University’s Said Business School, a Professor honoris causa of HEC, the Paris Business School, and a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.
He is a Patron of the National Academy of Writing and of the Oxford Food Symposium for the study of international gastronomy (of which he was the co-founder), a Member of the European Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. He has been on the Management Committee of the Society of Authors, a visiting professor at Harvard and the University of Southern Carolina, and has lectured in 15 countries. He is married to Deirdre Wilson, the co-inventor of the Theory of Relevance.
Damon Parker (First Deputy chairman)
His practice includes advising on defective tax schemes, often for large groups of investors. He acts for families and trustees in both onshore and offshore trust litigation. He is recommended in the 2011 edition of Chambers & Partners as one of the leading practitioners in his field.
M HAYDER HASSAN MBCHB FRCS(ENG) FRCEM
In February 1992, Hayder moved to the UK where he began training in plastic and reconstructive surgery, trauma and orthopaedic surgery. He did postgraduate degrees and then began work in Emergency Medicine in August 1997. He later trained as a specialist registrar in Emergency Medicine, passing his Exit Intercollegiate Specialty Examination to become a Consultant in the field.
Hayder worked at St Thomas’ Hospital in London before moving to Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup. He is currently working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust. In addition to his extensive clinical duties, he is heavily involved in academic and advanced training, senior management, charity work and senior doctors’ appraisals for GMC revalidations. He is also a certified instructor in many life support courses including Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Advance Life Support (ALS) and Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS).
Professor David Kerr C.B.E
Canon Dr. Edmund Newell
In 2017-18 he and his wife Joyce served as Public Affairs Missionary Ambassadors to the UK on behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, based in South Kensington. They have now returned home to Utah. They have 6 children, 18 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
The Rt. Revd. Dr. Alastair Redfern
Alastair was Bishop of Derby from 2005 to 2018. He has expertise in the fields of theology, church history, social justice, clergy training, leadership and spirituality. He is an accomplished speaker, lecturer and teacher, and an author of books and papers on a variety of Christian themes. He is a member of the House of Lords and is the Church of England’s spokesman for international development. Alastair sat on the joint parliamentary select committee for the draft modern slavery bill and supported the legislation through Parliament until the Royal Assent of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. Alastair is the Independent Chair for the Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s Advisory Panel and the Vice-Chair of the Anglican Alliance.