Our Patrons

‘Some of the simplest pieces of information can have a dramatic effect and it is known that educating a woman is one of the most effective ways of improving the lives of the poor. It puts knowledge at the heart of family. Where I come from, it can cascade down then through the community. It is more effective then than even installing wells or clinics. And this is desperately needed by the poorest women all over the world… The impact that these lessons have on individuals, on whole communities, is clear to see and it’s immense.’
Nina Wadia.


  • Caroline Chartres

    Caroline Chartres

    Caroline Chartres is the Commissioning Editor for Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Cherie Blair

    Cherie Blair

    Cherie Blair CBE is a Lancastrian human rights lawyer, author and champion of victims of human trafficking, and founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
  • Dame Diana Brittan

    Dame Diana Brittan

    Diana Brittan DBE serves as Justice of the Peace in the City of London and is president of the Townswomen's Guilds. She is chair of the Connection at St. Martin’s, Independent Age and the London and South Regional Committee of the British Lung Foundation.
  • Josephine Munthali

    Josephine Munthali

    As a member of the Examining Gender in Higher Education Network at the Robert Owen Centre, Josephine mapped out current issues and knowledge gaps in relation to gender and Higher Education in multiple African contexts. As a Research Associate, she is leading a scoping exercise regarding access to education in Chile, Malawi, Scotland and Swaziland.
  • Linda Bennett

    Linda Bennett

    Linda Kristin Bennett OBE is an English/Icelandic award winning clothing designer and entrepreneur.
  • Lord Bilimoria

    Lord Bilimoria

    Lord Bilimoria CBE DL, born in Hyderabad, India, is the founder of Cobra Beer.
  • Lord Dannatt

    Lord Dannatt

    General Francis Richard Dannatt, Baron Dannatt, GCB, CBE, MC, DL is Vice President of the Armed Forces Christian Union and President of YMCA Norfolk. Other patrongages include Hope and Homes for Children and Help for Heroes
  • Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick

    Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick

    Dr Michael Hastings CBE is vice president of UNICEF and Tearfund. In 2005 he received the UNICEF Award for his outstanding contribution to understanding and effecting solutions for Africa’s children. He served on the UK's Commission for Racial Equality for nine years.
  • Lyn Rothman

    Lyn Rothman

    Lyn is Founder and Chair of the Parkinson's Appeal for Deep Brain Stimulation.
  • Michelle Guiness

    Michelle Guiness

    Michelle is a broadcaster, speaker and best-selling author. She worked for many years as a presenter on television and radio.
  • Nina Wadia

    Nina Wadia

    Nina is an Indian-born British actress and has had a role in many popular TV shows, probably best-known for her character Zainab Masood in Eastenders. In 2013, she was awarded with the Outstanding Achievement in Television Award at The Asian Awards.
  • The RT Hon Baroness Chalker

    The RT Hon Baroness Chalker

    Lynda Chalker PC FRGS served as Minister of State for Overseas Development and Africa at the UK Foreign Office. She was awarded honorary citizenship of Mozambique by President Armando Guebuza and was shortlisted for the Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award in 2015 for her work with Africa Matters
  • The RT Hon Lord Boateng

    The RT Hon Lord Boateng

    Paul Yaw Boateng is Ghanaian/Scottish and became the UK’s first mixed-race Cabinet Minister. He later served as the British High Commissioner to South Africa.
  • Vinod B Tailor

    Vinod B Tailor

    Vinod Tailor came to the United Kingdom in 1972 as a Ugandan Refugee. He began his working life at NatWest Bank as a messenger and went on to have a successful career in the banking and financial sector. More recently he served as High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, an appointment made by the Queen which dates back to Saxon times.
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