Princess Lolowah is considered one of the most publicly visible female members of the Saudi Royal Family. She is a prominent activist for women's education and other social issues in Saudi Arabia.
Princess Lolowah has dedicated her life to improving the welfare of women in Saudi Arabia, particularly in education. She has been a member of the Al Nahdah Philanthropic Society for Women in Riyadh since 1970. Throughout the 1990s she assisted her mother in supervising the Dar Al Hanan School in Jeddah, the first private female high school in Saudi Arabia. She helped found Effat College (now Effat University) and was involved in all phases of the college's founding, from raising funds, developing the curriculum, overseeing construction, to the hiring of staff. She is currently the University's Vice Chair of the Board of Founders and Board of Trustees, and its General Supervisor.
Princess Lolowah has given many speeches worldwide on the advancement of Muslim women. She is a member of the Summit agenda of the World Economic Forum and participated in the forum's sessions. During a public session at the 2007 World Economic Forum, she spoke out against the ban on driving for women in Saudi Arabia. In addition to advocating rights for Saudi women, she also works against misconceptions about women in Saudi Arabia that exist in the West and has represented Saudi Arabia at various international fora.
John is an organisational consultant and high-performance executive coach, a New York Times best-selling author and a former NBA basketball player, as well as a senior fellow at the Applied Centre for Emotional Literacy, Learning and Research.
John has been recognised by the UK government and the Queen for his services to sport and his ongoing involvement in charitable work. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in June 2011 as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
He was a key figure for the London 2012 Olympic Games effort, first as an Ambassador for the bid team and then as a director for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) Board, which set the strategy for procurement, recruitment and standards for every employee, supplier and volunteer for the 2012 Olympic Games effort.
John’s journey to becoming an elite athlete almost defies belief. At the age of 17, when he first picked up a basketball, he was considered ‘too late to the game’ and ‘not athletic enough’ to have any chance of success in domestic sport, much less overseas. Six years later he became a ‘starter’ in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Only 12 years later, John became the first and only Briton to have his jersey hung in the American Basketball Hall of Fame.
Since his retirement from sport, John has pursued a PhD in psychology and has written white papers for the UK government. He also created an organisational diagnostic tool that allows institutes to better understand, manage and improve their personnel, climate and culture.
Erinma is a campaigner against gun crime who took her quest for peace from Moss Side to Downing Street. Erinma and husband Raymond wanted to stop the cycle of gang and drug violence after a close friend was shot before their eyes. Their friend survived, thanks to Erinma's intervention, but she was determined to do more to tackle the problem. She set up peace group Carisma (Community Alliance for Renewal, Inner South Manchester Area) in 2002. Carisma now has dozens of volunteers who carry out a range of practical work with local youngsters.
As well as visiting schools, they organise outdoor activities and visits to attractions for young people as well as running promotional events such as Peace Week. The group's award-winning approach has been praised for speaking to young people in a language they understand and for getting political leaders to understand the challenges faced in deprived areas. Erinma has said that ‘all the work that [she’s] done, none of that work has been about achieving what [she’s] achieved, just to get awards. It’s always been about filling a gap, about justice, rights and truth’.
Erinma's tireless crusade has seen her meet with politicians and police chiefs; she has been praised by Gordon Brown, who dedicated the first chapter of his book Everyday Heroes to her. In 2008 she was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in recognition of her work in combating violent crime in Manchester.
John spent his childhood and teenage years growing up in Salford. Inspired by much of what he heard and saw in the music venues of Manchester, he began working at clubs and bars throughout the city.
In the mid-1970s he became a regular performer at venues like the Electric Circus, where punk was being created around him. John became one of the movement's stars. His poetry and rapid-fire performance style resonated with the movement. Touring with the majority of the bands around, including The Clash and Buzzcocks, he began to draw large crowds. John also performed with the likes of Joy Division and New Order.
In 1978, John signed a record deal with CBS Records and released four influential albums. He also published a collection of his poetry, Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt. With illustrations by Steve McGuire, it was one of the bestselling poetry books of the 1980s.
A whole new generation now clamour for John's work: Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys cites John as a huge inspiration; Plan B featured John in his directorial debut Ill Manors. John's recording of Evidently Chickentown was used in the The Sopranos. He is also a presenter on BBC 6 Music and can be frequently heard as a guest on BBC Radio 4 and on TV.
John's own biopic, Evidently John Cooper Clarke, was broadcast on BBC 4 in May 2012, and featured tributes from a multitude of show business legends. John has made many headline UK and Irish festival appearances. John's poems are part of the GCSE syllabus and he is prolifically studied by A-level and university students. Continuing to write from his Colchester home, he has a plethora of new poems which he performs solo alongside his best-known works.
Reverend McCulloch was born and brought up in Liverpool. He was educated at Liverpool College, Selwyn College, Cambridge and Cuddesdon College, Oxford.
Reverend McCulloch was ordained at Chester Cathedral in 1966; he served at Ellesmere Port, moving to Cambridge as Chaplain and Director of Studies in Theology at Christ’s College. Subsequently, he served as Missioner across Norfolk, Rector of St Thomas’ Salisbury and Archdeacon of Sarum.
In 1986 he was consecrated Bishop of Taunton. Six years later he moved to Wakefield as its Bishop for ten years, before becoming Bishop of Manchester.
He has chaired the national Council of Christians and Jews, Greater Manchester Faith Community Leaders group, and the Poverty Commission for Greater Manchester whose report was published earlier this year. As a member of the House of Lords, he served on the Select Committee reviewing the BBC Charter.
Reverend McCulloch retired on his 71st birthday, 17 January 2013 and was knighted by The Queen that February.
General Parker was commissioned in 1973. After early service in the Infantry, he commanded the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Green Jackets from 1994-1995.
General Parker attended the Army Staff Course in 1986, the Higher Command and Staff Course in 1996 and The Royal College of Defence Studies in 2002, and has held two staff appointments in the Ministry of Defence. He commanded 20th Armoured Brigade from 1997 to 1999, which included time in Bosnia. He was also GOC 2nd Division and Governor of Edinburgh Castle from 2002-2004 and he has been both the Deputy Commandant (1999-2001) and the Commandant of the Joint Staff College (2004-2005).
Senior operational tour posts include the commander of UK Joint Task Force and advisor to the President of Sierra Leone in 2001, as well as Deputy Commanding General (UK) Multi-National Corps Iraq from August 2005 to February 2006. He was the last GOC Northern Ireland during Operation BANNER from 2006 to 2007 and was then Commanded the UK Home Base for 2 years from August 2007. He then held the position of Deputy Commander for the International Security Assistance Force (DCOM ISAF) in Afghanistan between November 2009 and September 2010.
General Parker was appointed as Commander in Chief Land Forces in October 2010, became Commander Land Forces in November 2011 and retired in May 2013. His last appointment included responsibility for Defence’s response to requirements on the UK homeland in support of the civil authorities; he led the reaction to the Tanker Drivers’ industrial dispute in early 2012; and led the London Olympics security support that required over 18,500 personnel.
Professor Parry-Jones joined Ford in 1969 as an undergraduate trainee while he earned a first class honours degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Salford. He spent nearly 40 years at the car maker, holding a number of senior research & development and manufacturing posts in England, Germany and America. Between 1994 and 1998 he was Vice-President of the small car European product development group.
From 1998 until 2007, Richard oversaw product development activities for all Ford vehicles worldwide, as well as the design, research and vehicle technology functions. As Chief Technical Officer, he reported to the company's Board of Directors on technical matters and headed a staff of 30,000 engineers, scientists, designers and business professionals.
He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. In 2005, he was awarded a CBE for services to the automobile industry.
He previously chaired the cross-industry new automotive innovation and growth team, which was established to analyse the strategic issues facing the UK automotive industry, and he now co-chairs, with Vince Cable, the UK Automotive Council.
Currently, Richard is the CEO of RPJ Consulting, a company he founded in 2007. RPJ Consulting specialises in offering strategic and technology expertise and hands-on engineering problem-solving with global insight and experience. He was appointed Chairman of Network Rail in July 2012, and has served on the Board of GKN plc since 2008.
He is a Visiting Professor in Automotive Engineering at Loughborough University (from where he received an honorary doctorate in 1995), and has been Policy Advisor for more than four years to both UK and Welsh Assembly governments on economic development, manufacturing industrial policy, transport and energy.
Lord Sacks was Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from September 1991 to September 2013. Lord Sacks has been a visiting professor at several universities in the UK, the USA and Israel.
At the time of his installation, the Lord Sacks launched a 'Decade of Jewish Renewal'. This led to a series of innovative communal projects including Jewish Continuity, a national foundation for Jewish educational programmes and outreach; the Association of Jewish Business Ethics; the Chief Rabbinate Awards for Excellence; the Chief Rabbinate Bursaries; and Community Development, a national scheme to enhance Jewish community life in partnership with the United Synagogue. He began his second decade of office with a call to 'Jewish Responsibility' and a renewed commitment to the ethical dimension of Judaism.
Lord Sacks has received a number of prizes, including the Jerusalem Prize 1995 for his contribution to diaspora Jewish life and The Ladislaus Laszt Ecumenical and Social Concern Award from Ben Gurion University in Israel in 2011. He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2005 and made a Life Peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords on 27 October 2009, where he sits on the cross benches as Baron Sacks of Aldgate in the City of London.
Lord Sacks is a frequent contributor to radio, television and the national press. He regularly delivers BBC Radio 4's Thought for the Day, writes a monthly Credo column for The Times and broadcasts an annual Rosh Hashanah message on the BBC. He has written 29 books, a number of which have won literary awards, including the Grawemeyer Prize for Religion in 2004 for The Dignity of Difference, and a National Jewish Book Award in 2000 for A Letter in the Scroll. Covenant & Conversation: Genesis also won a National Jewish Book Award in 2009.
Peter served as a college principal at The Manchester College and its predecessor MANCAT for more than 13 years until his retirement in 2012, and has been active in education and public service throughout his life. In his role as Principal of MANCAT he made it his mission to address poor local recruitment and poor educational outcomes in Manchester. As Principal of The Manchester College he created a strong further education college with a financial surplus, exceptional buildings and impressive educational outcomes.
Under his leadership, The Manchester College has had a major impact on levels of participation in education in Manchester and delivered one of the highest value added scores nationally. His vision for the college is that it should work in local partnerships, particularly with high schools, to meet neighbourhood needs whilst at the same time providing excellent skills programmes on a regional and national basis.
Nationally, Peter made an impact with his contribution to the 'not in employment, education or training' (NEET) agenda and through his highly influential role on the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) committee to implement educational maintenance allowances (EMAs). His views on the future of further education and its role in economic and social change are regularly sought by others.
Peter chaired the Greater Manchester Principals Group and was an active member of the 157 Group of colleges and the Manchester Skills Board.
John joined the family footwear business William Timpson Limited, becoming the Director responsible for buying in 1970 and subsequently Managing Director in 1975.
In 1987, John sold the shoe shops from Timpsons so that the company could begin to focus more on shoe repair and key cutting, which has since expanded to include services such as watch repairs, dry cleaning and photo processing. Since then, Timpsons has acquired various other chains and shops, resulting in the over 1,400 branches across the UK generating a turnover in excess of £150m and profits of over £10m.
In 2000, John wrote a book called Dear James for his son, passing on his experiences and knowledge from three decades as a Chief Executive. John also regularly pens pieces for the Daily Telegraph and as ‘Timpo’ in his column in Real Business magazine, as well as speaking at a variety of engagements about his business style, which he calls ‘upside-down management’.
John was awarded the CBE in recognition for his services to the retail sector in 2004.
Lord Willis is a former Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament and gained national recognition for his contribution to the integration of children with disabilities into the mainstream education.
He entered politics in 1985, joining the Liberal party when he was 44 years old. In 1988, he ran for Harrogate Borough Council. He won and within just two years, he became the Leader of the Council. In 1993, he ran for the North Yorkshire County Council, later becoming Deputy Group Leader.
In 1997, Lord Willis was elected as Member of Parliament for Harrogate and Knaresborough despite the fact that he had a strong rival - the former Chancellor of the Exchequer Norman Lamont. In 1999, Charles Kennedy, who replaced Paddy Ashdown as the leader of the Liberal Democrats, appointed Lord Willis as Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Skills. He remained in the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet until the 2005 General Election. He was re-elected as Member of Parliament for Harrogate and Knaresborough for the third time and during his time as an MP served as Chair of the Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology (2005-2007 and 2009-2010), and the Innovation, Universities Science and Skills Select Committee (2007-2009).
After resigning as a Member of Parliament, Phil Willis was made a life peer as Baron Willis of Knaresborough and became a member of the House of Lords in July 2010. He also became a member of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee and shortly thereafter succeeded Baroness Cumberlege as Chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).