Professor Tanya Byron
Prior to training in Clinical Psychology, Byron worked as a researcher on the BBC's Video Diaries documentary series. Once she qualified, Byron worked in the British National Health Service for 18 years in a number of public health areas such as drug addiction, STDs, and mental disorders.
In 2005, Byron was featured on French and Saunders ' Christmas Special as herself, who came in to sort out Dawn and Jennifer's childish behaviour on the show. Subsequently, she co-wrote two series of The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle with Jennifer Saunders. Byron has also co-authored a book on parenting based on the Little Angels show and two other books on child development and parenting, as well as writing weekly articles for The Times and contributing to several women's magazines. She has also worked with the Home Office on the current changes to the Homicide Act as it relates to children and young people, and she also works with the National Family and Parenting Institute advising government and ministers on related policy.
In September 2007, it was announced that she would head an independent review in England – supported by the Department for Children, Schools, and Families, as well as the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport – into the potentially harmful effects of both the Internet and video games on children. This was published in March 2008 as "Safer Children in a Digital World", but is commonly called the Byron Review.
In April 2008, Byron fronted a four-part show called Am I Normal? exploring the boundaries of acceptable behaviour.
In May 2008, she was elected as the first Chancellor of Edge Hill University, in Lancashire and installed at a ceremony in December 2008. Edge Hill University also appointed her to the post of Professor of the Public Understanding of Science, and she delivered her inaugural lecture, "The Trouble With Kids", in March the following year.
In 2009, Byron was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of York.
Byron is the patron of Prospex, a charity which works with young people in North London. She is also a partner in a media company, Doris Partnership.
She will publish The Skeleton Cupboard: The Making of a Clinical Psychologist in 2015.
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Richard Chartres - Bishop of London
The Bishop was born in Ware, Hertfordshire to an English mother and an Irish Huguenot father. He was educated at Hertford Grammar School (now Richard Hale School) and Trinity College, Cambridge (MA), where he studied history before his theological studies at Cuddesdon and Lincoln theological colleges (BD).
His great-uncle John Chartres, "...called [the] 'Mystery Man of the Treaty' was a member of Sinn Féin and a Protestant civil servant. He was also undoubtedly a gun runner for Michael Collins.
He was ordained as a priest in 1974. During this time he was chaplain to Robert Runcie, then Bishop of St Albans and later Archbishop of Canterbury. He received a Lambeth Bachelor of Divinity degree and holdshonorary doctorates from Brunel University, City University London, London Metropolitan University, St. Mary's University College, and London Guildhall University.
From 1987 to 1992, he was Professor of Divinity at Gresham College in London. Based on a three-part lecture series given in May 1992, he published A Brief History of Gresham College 1597–1997. During the first lecture of the original lecture series he referred to the college as a "magical island like Atlantis" disappearing and re-emerging from the sea. This was a reference both to the Invisible College and Francis Bacon's New Atlantis.
Other Gresham lectures by Chartres covered the Shroud of Turin (November 1988) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem (December 1989) when he spoke about the Gresham Jerusalem Project, and prayer (Autumn 1991).
On 15 May 1992, Chartres was nominated area Bishop of Stepney. He was consecrated as bishop on 22 May 1992.
In November 1995, Chartres was confirmed as the Bishop of London. He also became Prelate of the Order of the British Empire and Dean of the Chapels Royal. He is a Privy Counsellor. In 1997 he was appointed a chaplain of the Most Venerable Order of Saint John (ChStJ). He is an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple, a Liveryman of the Merchant Taylors' Company and of the Worshipful Company of Vintners, an Honorary Freeman of the Weavers' and the Woolmen Companies.
In 1997, Chartres was one of the executors of the will of Diana, Princess of Wales and delivered an address at her memorial service in 2007. He confirmed Prince William. On 12 September 2009 he presided at the marriage of Lord Frederick Windsor to actressSophie Winkleman at the Chapel Royal in Hampton Court Palace.
Chartres is the founder and chairman of the trustees of the St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. He is also a trustee of Coexist, sitting on the advisory council of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. In October 2005, he joined Marianne Suhr at St Giles in the Fields, London, to launch a new maintenance project for the capital's historic churches.
In January 2006, Chartres was criticised by the media for his decision to spend Easter on a cruise ship giving lectures on theology rather than attend the services at St Paul's Cathedral. At the time, Chartres was on a two-month sabbatical, his first in 33 years. He preached the sermon at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on 29 April 2011. In 2013, Chartres led the state funeral service of Baroness Thatcher to whom he had a close friendship.
Chartres is responsible for the Church of England's relations with the Orthodox churches, representing the Church of England at the funeral of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow of the Russian Orthodox Church and the enthronement of his successor, Kirill I, in Moscow. Chartres was criticised for his promotion of Patriarch Kirill's book Freedom and Responsibility at the London Book Fair in 2011.
Since its launch in 2006, Chartres has led the Church of England's "shrinking the footprint" campaign, aimed at cutting 80% of the church's carbon emissions by 2050. In the launch and subsequently, Chartres criticised pollution of the planet by people going on holidays by plane. Michael O'Leary, boss of the low-cost airline Ryanair, responded that "the Bishop of London has got empty churches – presumably if no one went on holidays perhaps they might turn up and listen to his sermons. God bless the Bishop!" Also, after criticism that his taking flights for "diocese work" as well as retaining a chauffeur-driven car were against the ideals of this campaign, he pledged not to fly for a year.
In October 2008, the Independent on Sunday named Chartres as number 75 of the top 100
“Amol Rajan is Editor of The Independent. He was appointed in June 2013, becoming the youngest (and possibly first non-white) Editor in Fleet Street History. He is a columnist for the London Evening Standard, hosts a weekly interview on the television station London Live called The Headline Interview, and is the author of a book on cricket called Twirlymen: the Unlikely History of Cricket’s Greatest Spin Bowlers. He is also restaurant critic for The Independent on Sunday, and prior to joining The Independent was mic boy on Channel 5′s The Wright Stuff, and worked at the Foreign Office in his gap year. He studied English at Downing College, University of Cambridge.” You can follow him at twitter.com/amolrajan”
J H C Haynes
J Haynes is Executive Chairman of the Haynes Publishing Group P.L.C. He joined the company’s Board, having gained an MBA from the London Business School, in March 2000 as a Non-Executive Director. Prior to joining Haynes Publishing he was a director at Beeson Gregory, a specialist investment bank in London where he worked in corporate finance and broking. In 2014 he became involved with the team at Prospex following the launch of ‘MechaniX’, a practical based learning initiative that plays a valuable role in improving the life chances of socially disadvantaged young people.