General Lord David John Ramsbotham, Baron Ramsbotham, GCB, CBE initially entered the army because of his National Service obligations. He completed his National Service as an acting lieutenant and retained a Territorial Army commission. He then took a history degree at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and in 1958 he was appointed to a regular army commission as a lieutenant.
From June 1970 – 1973 he served as Military Assistant to the Chief of the General Staff, Sir Michael Carver. In 1987 he was promoted to lieutenant-general and appointed Commander UK Field Army. After retiring from the British Army he later served as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons and has written extensively on matters relating to prisons and the military. He was awarded a life peerage in 2005 and now sits on the cross benches of the House of Lords.
Dame Linda Dobbs, QC
Dame Linda Dobbs, QC, studied Russian and Law at the University of Surrey and went to the London School of Economics, where she obtained a Masters degree in Law, followed by a Doctorate in Soviet criminology. She was called to the Bar in 1981 and started practising from 5 King’s Bench Walk. She took silk in 1998, and was a member of Bar Council Committees.
She also chaired the Professional Standards Committee and the Race Relations Committee.
In 2003 she became the Chairperson of the Criminal Bar Association, the biggest specialist association at the Bar. She became the first black person to be appointed to the senior judiciary of England and Wales when she was appointed a high court judge in 2004.
Jon Snow, Hon FRIBA, is an English journalist and presenter employed by ITN and well renowned for presenting Channel 4 News. Before journalism, he worked for New Horizon Youth Centre – a day centre for homeless young people in central London – and subsequently became chairman. Snow worked as ITN’s Washington correspondent and as diplomatic editor before becoming the main presenter of Channel 4 News in 1989.
In 1992 he was the main anchor for ITN’s Election Night programme, broadcast on ITV.
Lord Rowan Williams
Rowan Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermo uth is an Anglican archbishop, poet and theologian. He was Archbishop of Canterbury between December 2002 and December 2012 is currently Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge University. Rowan was also patron of Birmingham-based charity, The Feast, from 2010 until his retirement as Archbishop. On May 1 2013, he became Chair of the Board of Trustees for Christian Aid.
Lord Paul Boateng
Elevated to the Peerage in June 2010, the Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng (Baron Boateng of Akyem Wembley) is a Barrister of Grays Inn who also completed a four year term as British High Commissioner to South Africa (2005 – 2009). He has 30 years experience in public life in the law, politics and diplomacy.
He was, until he stepped down to take the post of High Commissioner in 2005, a Member of Parliament (1987 – 2005), and he served as a Cabinet Minister and Chief Secretary to the Treasury under Tony Blair where he was also Special Representative to Africa, during the work of the Africa Commission. He occupies several other positions in companies and not for profit organisations.
Lord Rumi Verjee
Lord Verjee is proprietor and Chairman of Thomas Goode & Co and a highly successful entrepreneur. He founded Domino’s Pizza in the UK, is Chairman of Brompton Capital Limited and Ipanema Properties in Brazil. He founded The Rumi Foundation, which supports humanitarian work through education, innovation and knowledge building, focussing in the UK but also supporting projects in India, East Africa and South America.
Rumi is a Member of the World’s Presidents’ Organisations, the Global Leadership Foundation and was a member of the Advisory Board of the British Olympic Association for the London 2012 Olympic Games. In 2009 he was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for charitable services. In September 2013, Rumi was appointed to the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat Peer.
Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala was Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kampala, Uganda, until his resignation in 2006. He is a Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. In September 1956, he was sent to Rome for further study at the Pontifical Urban University, where he obtained a licentiate in theology (doctorate of letters). He was ordained priest on 21 December 1957, in Rome.
After his ordination, Archbishop Wamala continued his studies at the Gregorian University in Rome (1958-1960) earning a licentiate in social sciences. He returned to Uganda in 1960. After gaining a diploma in pedagogy at Makerere University in 1964 he was sent to teach at Bukalasa Minor Seminary until 1968, when he was appointed chaplain of Makerere University. In 1981 he was appointed as Bishop of Kiyinda-Mityana and became a Cardinal in 1994.