Patrons & Ambassadors

patrons

  • Baroness Hodgson of Abinger CBE

    Patron

    Fiona Hodgson works on international women’s issues especially in the context of developing and conflict countries and is Co-Chairman of the APPG on Women, Peace and Security.... Read more

  • Christina Lamb OBE

    Christina has been reporting on Afghanistan for almost three decades.  Shortly after graduating from Oxford she travelled with the Mujaheddin fighting the Soviet occupation,... Read more

  • Clive Anderson

    Patron

    Clive Anderson has been our host at 8 Literary Lunch Events which have raised around £250,000 since 2002.

    After practising as barrister for about  fifteen years, Clive... Read more

  • Colin Jardine-Brown FRCS FRCOG

    Professionally Colin worked as a generalist in obstetrics and Gynaecology with a particular interest in labour ward management, gynaecological oncology and colposcopy.  During... Read more

  • Lady Cowper-Coles

    Patron
    Born in 1953 and educated at home until the age of 12, then at Malvern Girls’ College, Lady Cowper-Coles went on to do bilingual secretarial course at Cambridge Tech and then to... Read more
  • Lord Iliffe

    Chairman of the Yattendon Group Plc, a family business involved in regional newspapers, marinas, property and agriculture.  High Sheriff of Warwickshire 1983-1984.  Chairman of... Read more

  • Matthew Fleming

    Patron

    Ex-England cricketer, Fleming played for Kent County Cricket Club for 14 years, Captained them for four, chaired the Professional Cricketers Association before his spell with... Read more

  • Michael Morpurgo OBE FRSL FKC DL

    Michael has written over 100 books for children since he began writing in 1982. His novel War Horse has recently been adapted into a play that has had two sell-out seasons at... Read more

  • Professor R J Heald CBE MChir FRCS

    Patron

    Bill Heald has a personal chair at the University of Southampton.  He is Director of the Pelican Centre and Colorectal Research Unit at the North Hampshire Hospital. He is a... Read more

  • Sir David Manning GCMG CVO

    Sir David studied at Oriel College, Oxford and at Johns Hopkins University.  He joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1972 and served in Warsaw, New Delhi, Paris and... Read more

  • Sophia Bergqvist

    Patron

    Bergqvist is the Managing Director and Owner of Quinta de la Rosa, producing port and wine form the family vineyard in N Portugal since 1988.  Prior to this, she spent fifteen... Read more

ambassadors

  • Clare Connor OBE

    Clare is a former England cricket captain.  In 2005, she was awarded the OBE after leading England to a first Ashes win in 42 years. Clare retired from playing for England in... Read more

  • George Butler

    Young Ambassador

    George Butler is an artist and illustrator specialising in travel and current affairs. His drawings, done in situ are in pen, ink and watercolour.  In August 2012 George walked... Read more

  • Izzie Gurney

    Young Ambassador
    Izzy's passion for cricket and keen interest in empowerment in the developing world led her to work with Afghan Connection from the age of 16. She has organised cricket-related... Read more
  • Victoria Hasan

    Young Ambassador

    Victoria is currently studying A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths, English Literature, and Economics, and hopes to take up a place at Oxford to read PPE next year. She is very... Read more