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Rt Hon Lord David Alton

Lord Alton served for 18 years as a Liverpool Member of the British House of Commons before stepping down in 1997 when he became an Independent Crossbench Peer, serving in the House of Lords. He was first elected, to Liverpool City Council, while still a student at Christ College, Liverpool, (a constituent College of today’s Hope University) and became the City’s Deputy Leader and Housing Chairman. He was the youngest  member of the House of Commons and later his party’s Chief Whip, holding several Front Bench portfolios.

He currently serves in Parliament as Chair of the All Party Group on North Korea, was a founder of the parliamentary group on religious freedom and belief, and serves as an Officer of several other parliamentary groups. For his work on human rights he was created a Papal Knight by the Pope; received a Coptic award for advocacy; and in 2016 was awarded the Thomas More Religious Freedom Award.

He was a founder of the Jubilee Campaign and is a Board member of the charity, Aid to the Church In Need, chairman of the charity, The Christian heritage Centre, and is a patron or trustee of several charities.

Lord Alton said: "The Big Hope is a brilliant opportunity to bring together a rising generation whose friendships, ideals, and leadership, can help create a more hopeful and just world than the one into which they were born.”

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Mr Steve Atherton

Field Worker for the Justice and Peace Commission.

The Justice and Peace Commission highlights the importance of social justice issues and it tries to remind people that the church has a provocative mission to the world and in the world. Church is a place where we engage with, rather than escape from, the world. This service of God through service of each other brings joy not gloom.

The commission works through the principles of the Pastoral Cycle: See – Judge - Act.

Before his appointment as field worker in 2004, Steve worked as a drama teacher for over 30 years. From 1999 he was a member of the Justice and Peace Commission, sitting for a period as its chair. A visit to Bangladesh in 2000 as a CAFOD Millennium Awardee was life-changing experience.

He enjoys working with adults to explore their faith and is involved in developing and facilitating the Faith For Life programme across the diocese and further afield. He is a frequent visitor to parishes and welcomes invitations to work with groups or to give talks. In November 2017 he made the Romero pilgrimage to El Salvador. March 2018 saw his 100 monthly column in the Catholic Pictorial.

Steve lives with his wife Anne in the parish of St John in Wigan. Their five children are grown-up and the first grandchild has just arrived.

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Robert Atlay

Biography to follow

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Colonel John Blashford-Snell 

John Blashford-Snell is one of the world’s most renowned explorers, leading more than 70 expeditions. These include an exploration of the infamous Blue Nile, making the first vehicle crossing of the Darien Gap, and navigating all 2,700 miles of the Zaire River. The last two having environmental, medical and scientific objectives.

In 1969, he helped form the Scientific Exploration Society. Following the success of Operation Drake, which involved 400 young explorers from 27 countries on a two-year circumnavigation, Operation Raleigh was formed in 1984. By 1992, it had enabled 10,000 young people from 50 countries to take part in expeditions around the world.

Blashford-Snell retired from the Army and as Director-General of Operation Raleigh in 1991, becoming Chairman of a £2.5 million appeal to establish a centre to provide vocational training and guidance in Merseyside. Known as ‘The Door’, the centre has helped over 40,000 less privileged young people. He also chaired The Liverpool Constructions Craft Guild, which promotes the training of skilled craftsmen in Liverpool.

The Colonel was awarded the Segrave Trophy (1974), the Livingstone Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (1975), the Patrons Medal of the Royal Geographical Society (1993) and the Gold Medal of the Institute of Royal Engineers (1994). He has also written 15 books, is a broadcaster and lecturer, and leads expeditions worldwide.

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Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale

One of the most prominent and respected women in sport, Prof Denise Barrett-Baxendale, MBE, is a Director at Everton Football Club, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Everton Football Club and Executive Chair of the Club’s official charity, Everton in the Community.
From September 2016, Denise will serve as a Board member to Sport England; the only representative from the world of football appointed to the Board of the national body for grassroots sports.

Before venturing into the third sector and world of sport, Denise spent 16 years working in education and fulfilled a variety of academic and leadership roles within Higher Education.

Denise arrived at the Club in January 2010 to develop and lead a transformation strategy for Everton in the Community. Due to the success of this venture, Denise became the Club’s Chief Operating Officer in October 2011, before being promoted to Deputy Chief Executive in June 2013. In her existing Club role, Denise has played an integral part in improving the matchday experience for supporters, in turn helping to increase attendances and enhance Everton’s reputation both nationally and abroad. She was appointed to the Club's Board of Directors in July 2016.

Everton in the Community, meanwhile, has received international recognition for its pioneering initiatives and programmes - schemes which, collectively, have earned almost 100 local, national and international awards.

In June 2014, Denise was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for ‘Services to the Community of Merseyside’, an award presented by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in October 2014. Denise received further recognition for her “exceptional commitment, service and leadership to the stadium industry over a sustained period of time” when she was presented with an ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ at the prestigious Stadium Business Awards, again at Camp Nou, Barcelona, in June 2015. The award recognises leadership, innovation and achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally.

Away from Everton, Denise sits on a Creativity Commission for the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and serves as a patron of St Vincent’s School for the Blind in West Derby, Liverpool. In October 2015, Denise was inducted as a Fellow of Angela Hall at Liverpool Hope University, where her role will see her build relationships with resident students to guide and inspire them. In 2016, Denise was appointed to Liverpool Hope University’s Executive Advisory Team and also became a Local Authority Ambassador for looked-after children in the city of Liverpool.

A keen volunteer, Denise enjoys walking, reading and theatre and is a fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).
In October 2016 Denise was received an Honorary Visiting Professorship in Leadership in Sport Serving Humanity from Liverpool Hope University.

Denise’s other qualifications and awards include BA(Hons), MBA, PhD.

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Bishop Paul Bayes

Bishop Paul comes from Bradford, West Yorkshire. A churchwarden’s son, his spiritual and social life in the late 1950s and 1960s was formed by Sunday school, church choir and youth group. Like many teenagers he decided in 1968 that all this was a waste of time, and in his University years he left the Christian faith behind and investigated a whole range of other spiritual and political options before re-encountering Jesus Christ as a living person, and committing himself to serve God within the ministry of the Church Ordained in 1979, Paul served as a curate in Whitley Bay, Tyneside, before moving to London as a University chaplain. After five years in London Paul and his wife Kate moved to High Wycombe, a multicultural town north of London, where Paul ministered as Team Vicar and then Team Rector.

In 1995 the family moved to Totton, on the edge of Southampton, where Paul served as Team Rector. After almost ten years in Totton, and twenty-five years in pastoral ministry, Paul moved to work for the Archbishop’s Council in London as the Church of England’s National Mission and Evangelism advisor. Alongside this work on the emerging church, Paul was involved in resourcing traditional church life through the national Weddings Project and through evangelistic initiatives such as Back to Church Sunday.

In 2010 Paul was invited to move to St Albans Diocese as Bishop of Hertford. In 2014, it was announced that Paul would become the 8th Bishop of Liverpool and was installed as Bishop in Liverpool Cathedral on 15th November.

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Dr Erinma Bell, MBE DL

In 2003 Erinma became a co-founder and CEO of her own formidable charity known as CARISMA - Community Alliance for Renewal Inner South Manchester Area. CARISMA became a front-line community based group set up to offer life-chances for young people in the community by giving them positive alternatives other than street crimes, and gun crimes Erinma employs a successful model that ‘builds social capital’ amongst grass roots individuals, community groups and key stakeholders, employing methods that offer transformative solutions to those who seek to promote social cohesion within their communities to bring about peace. This successful model enabled a 92% decrease in gun and gang crime in Manchester. Erinma continues to leads on work around issues such as Restorative Justice, Peace and Conflict Resolution as well as Peace Making, Peace keeping and Peace Building within an urban environment.

In 2007 CARISMA were awarded The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for voluntary service by groups in the community.

In 2007, the Prime Minister Gordon Brown, recognized Erinma’s efforts in his book ‘Britain’s Everyday Heroes’ featured in Chapter One of his book. In 2008 the Crown awarded Erinma with an MBE in recognition of her services to the community and in 2011 she was made Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester as a representative to Her Majesty the Queen.

Her passion for community peace has seen her travel widely to share her stories with others seeking peace in countries across the world.

Erinma has produced a Peace Toolkit which is available. The aim is not for you to follow exactly in her footsteps, rather, it is for you to listen to the messages being put forth and use them to create peace within your immediate environment.

Erinma has a sculpture of her which is made from 50 recycled guns as a tribute to her work to reduce gun and gang crime in Manchester. The sculpture was unveiled in Manchester Town Hall and is the first female statue to go on display in the Town Hall in 150 years!

Lastly Erinma has a secret passion for Nigerian fashion, textiles and clothing. Hence she creates her own brand known as Nu-Being Designs and they specialise in bespoke clothing. Check out her website at

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Roger Brown

Roger Brown is the Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Policy at Liverpool Hope University. He was previously Vice Chancellor of Southampton Solent University, Chief Executive of the Higher Education Quality Council, Chief Executive of the Committee of Directors of Polytechnics, and Secretary of the Polytechnics and Colleges Funding Council.

Before that he was a senior civil servant at the Department of Trade and Industry (1976-90) and an administrator with the Inner London Education Authority (1969-76). He has served on many national committees and boards. He has written four books and many articles and lectures on different aspects of higher education. He has been a Professor, Visiting Professor or equivalent at twelve universities. He was elected a Life Vice President of the Society for Research in Higher Education in 2007 and an Honorary Fellow of the Association of University Administrators in 2010.

He has Honorary Degrees from Southampton Solent University, the University of Southampton, Liverpool Hope University, and the University of West London. He received the Times Higher Education Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. His latest book The Inequality Crisis: The facts and what we can do about it was published by Policy Press in September 2017. He is an international authority on the application of market-based policies to the provision of higher education.

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Charles Clarke

Charles Clarke was Member of Parliament for Norwich South from 1997 to 2010. He served as Education Minister from 1998 and then in the Home Office from 1999 to 2001. He then joined the Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio and Labour Party Chair. From 2002 to 2004 he was Secretary of State for Education and Skills and then Home Secretary until 2006.

Charles was previously Chief of Staff to Neil Kinnock, Leader of the Labour Opposition and a councillor in the London Borough of Hackney, chairing the housing committee.

He now holds Visiting Professorships at Lancaster University and Kings College London and works with educational organisations internationally. In 2011 the Centre for European Reform published his ‘The EU and Migration: A Call for Action’. In 2014 he published ‘The Too Difficult Box’, an analysis of the problems which need to be overcome in promoting change, and in September 2015 two studies in political leadership, ‘British Labour Leaders’ and ‘British Conservative Leaders’; in 2015 he wrote, with Professor Linda Woodhead, “A New Settlement, Religion and Belief in Schools”.

Mr Clarke read mathematics and economics at Kings College Cambridge and was then President of the National Union of Students. Born in 1950, Mr Clarke married in 1984. He and his wife Carol have two sons.

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Baroness Caroline Cox 

Baroness Caroline Cox was created a Life Peer in 1982 and was a deputy speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005. She was Founder Chancellor of Bournemouth University; Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University from 2006 - 2013 and is an Hon. Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing. 

She was a founder Trustee of MERLIN (Medical Emergency Relief International) and is Founder and President of HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust). Her humanitarian work takes her to conflict and post-conflict zones, including the Armenian enclave of Nagorno Karabakh, Sudan, South Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, the Shan and Chin peoples of Burma.

Baroness Cox said: "In 2008, I was fortunate to be part of The Big Hope. I am delighted and very proud to be invited back for The Big Hope 2. I am inspired and encouraged every time I visit Liverpool Hope University by the vision and support it provides to people of any age to be able to fulfil their potential.”

Robert Elstone Everton Football Club’s CEO confirmed for The Big Hope 2

Robert Elstone was initially appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Everton in 2005, having developed a reputation as an expert in sports business consultancy. He arrived at Goodison from Deloitte, where he held the position as Director of the Sports Business Group.

He made a name for himself as Deloitte’s first ever full-time sports business consultant, acting as a successful advisor to leagues, clubs and sports-related organisations on a range of strategic and commercial activities. He also played a major role in the formation of the Scottish Premier League.

In 2000, Robert left Deloitte and moved to BSkyB as the Director of Football Business Affairs, working closely with four leading Premier League club. He returned to Deloitte in 2004 as a Director of the Sports Business Group, before making the switch to Goodison Park.

In his time at Everton, Robert has introduced a number of key strategic, organisational and structural initiatives that have led to improved financial performance, greater stability in the business and a strong, empowered Management team. He was appointed Acting Chief Executive at Everton in August 2008 and, in January 2009, the Club confirmed that Robert was to take up the position as permanent Chief Executive. 


Jacky Embrey

Jacky is the Moderator of the United Reformed Church’s Mersey Synod, covering Liverpool, the Wirral, most of Cheshire and the West of Lancashire.

The United Reformed Church started in 1972 when English Presbyterians merged with English and Welsh Congregationalists. Churches of Christ joined in 1981 and Scottish Congregationalists in 2000.

Prior to her ordination, on the 30th anniversary of the United Reformed Church, Jacky was a Chartered Accountant. She is married to John and they have two adult sons. 


Professor the Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

Baroness Ilora Finlay is Professor of Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University, and established the Diploma/MSc in Palliative Medicine; and lead Palliative Care in Wales to ensure seven-day specialist services with 24/7 advice.

She is President of the Chartered Society for Physiotherapy, Vice President of Hospice UK and Marie Curie Care, and past-President of BMA, RSM and the Association for Palliative Medicine.

Baroness Finlay chairs the National Mental Capacity Forum for Ministry of Justice and Department of Health. She became a Life Peer in 2001, served on the Select Committee on Assisted Dying for the terminally ill, and now co-Chairs the think-tank Living and Dying Well. 

The Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords, was named Welsh Woman of the Year 1996-97 and has held Visiting Professorships in the Netherlands and Australia. In 2008, she was named 'Woman Peer of the Year'; and was named the 2007 Parliamentary Charity Champion. In 2014, Baroness Finlay received the Welsh Livery Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.


Luca Fiorani

Dr. Luca Fiorani obtained a degree in physics from the University of Padua (Italy) and a PhD in laser remote sensing from EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Switzerland).

He earned also the university diploma of Laser Safety Officer and performs this assignment for his Division at ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development). Dr. Fiorani was PI of projects in laser monitoring of atmosphere and ocean.

He represents the Italian Government at PAME (Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment), a working group of the Arctic Council. Dr. Fiorani is adjunct professor of general physics, laser spectroscopy, physics didactics and climate physics. He tutored 16 thesis, 11 international fellowships and 3 postdocs.

Dr. Fiorani has published 76 peer-reviewed papers and nearly 300 other publications. Since 2008 he is preseident of the ecological initiative EcoOne.

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Ivana Gabalova

Ivana works at the Anne Frank House as a trainer and project coordinator, teaching about a range of topics with a focus on critical thinking, dialogue, and the values of human rights and democracy. Her projects involve development of educational materials, teacher trainings, workshops for high school and university students, training of prisoners and guiding youth in becoming active citizens and developing their own projects.

Outside the Anne Frank House her research/activist focus is on counter-radicalisation and on rehabilitation of violent extremists. In 2016, she presented a campaign she helped develop at the United Nations. Ivana holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Governance from the University of Amsterdam.

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Pat Gaffney

Pat Gaffney has been General Secretary of Pax Christi, the International Catholic Movement for Peace since 1990. Prior to this, Pat was the Schools and Youth Education Officer for CAFOD, the Catholic Aid Agency and before this a teacher.

Her work as General Secretary involves Pat in lobbying and campaigning within the church and political networks on peace and security-related issues; support and facilitation for church-related groups on Christian peacemaking as well as co-ordinating the day to day running of Pax Christi in Britain.

Pat produces articles and practical education materials and is frequently in demand as a speaker and facilitator. She works to establish ecumenical links for Pax Christi and played an active role in the Churches Peace Forum of the CTBI, the Middle East Ecumenical Network (MEEN) and the Network of Christian Peace Organisations. She is a regular contributor to the religious press. In July 2015 Pat helped to co-ordinate and then chaired the National Justice & Peace Network annual conference on the theme “The things that make for peace”.

Pat’s work has taken her to East Timor, during the time of occupation, when Pax Christi was forging solidarity links with communities in the region and working to challenge British arms sales to Indonesia; to Russia where she helped to facilitate week-long programme at the Orthodox University in Moscow on peace studies for Russian students; to Israel and Palestine, on six fact-finding and solidarity visits which helped Pax Christi to shape its education and campaigning work on the region. Pat took a group of educationalists to the region in February 2009 and led an alternative peace-pilgrimage in November 2010 of twenty-five Pax Christi members. Her most recent visit was in May 2015 to participate in the Pax Christi International World Assembly and to make contact with peace and human rights groups in Israel and Palestine.

Between 2005- 2006 Pat was on the core group that raised awareness and undertook advocacy work on behalf of Norman Kember, the Baptist peace worker who was kidnapped and held in Iraq for 118 days.
In 2012 Pat was involved in a project entitled 100 days of Peace, an education programme to bring the Olympic Truce ideal into the 2012 Olympics. Currently Pat’s campaigning involves work on Drone warfare and attempting to engage the Church in critical thinking on the morality of drones; work on military spending and campaigning with others to present sustainable, human forms of security that are not based on fear or violence and now in work to ensure that peace stories, acts of witness at that time are part of the First World War commemorations. Pat is on the UK working group for Global Day of Action on Military Spending. In 2013 Pat gave several major presentations on the theme Revisiting the peace message of Pacem in Terris: have we put the words into action? to mark the 50 anniversary of the document.

In 2014, as a contribution to presenting a peace message of the First World War, Pat made presentations on the Peacemakers from the First World War and the challenge of peacemaking to the Liverpool Diocesan Justice & Peace Assembly, to Greenbelt Arts Festival, the Newman Associations in Eastbourne and Surrey Hills and to the Catholic Theological Association and to schools in Ascot and Colchester.

Pat is working to introduce more reflection on the place of active nonviolence through Pax Christi’s In the direction of nonviolence programme and has used elements of this in workshops with groups in the UK including the National Conference with Catholic prison chaplains and with a number of religious congregations. In 2016 Pat was part of a ground-breaking initiative between Pax Christi International and the Pontifical Council for Justice & Peace, helping to facilitate an international conference on Nonviolence and Just Peace, contributing to Catholic understanding of and commitment to nonviolence. Pat continues as a member of the Executive Committee of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative which is taking forward the work of the Conference with the Vatican.

Pat is also a practitioner of active nonviolence. Since 1986 she has been involved in nonviolent protests against the arms trade and the Governments nuclear weapons programme. These actions have led to arrests on 11 occasions and imprisonment three times. For thirty-six years, Pat has coordinated the annual witness of Repentance and Resistance to Nuclear War preparations at the Ministry of Defence on Ash Wednesday.

In 2002 Pat was given the first Peacemaker Award of the Sisters of St Joseph of Peace at their international Chapter in London. In July 2005 Pat was nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize in the 1000 Women for Peace Project. In April 2012 Pat was listed in the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List (in contrast to the Sunday Times Rich List) of people who make useful contributions to society.

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Professor Sir Ian Gilmore 

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore is an honorary consultant physician at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. He holds an honorary chair at the University of Liverpool and an adjunct chair at Curtin University. 

After training in Cambridge, London and the US, he moved to Liverpool as a consultant in 1980. He is past-president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the British Society of Gastroenterology. He currently chairs Liverpool Health Partners, created to promote an Academic Health Science System.

Professor Gilmore chairs the UK Alcohol Health Alliance and the Department of Health Prescribed Specialised Services Advisory Group. He is a member of the Climate and Health Council. 

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Canon Ruth Gould MBE, DL, FRSA, MA

Ruth Gould is the Artistic Director and founder of DaDaFest, one of the largest disability arts festivals in the world. Based in Liverpool, DaDaFest was originally established in 1984 as a disability arts forum. Since 2001, it has produced a biennial international festival with artists from the UK and across the globe.

The 14th international festival runs from 31st October – 8th December 2018.
Ruth initially trained in performance arts, speech and drama at Liverpool Theatre School, and has worked in the arts / disability arts all her professional life. She is on the Board of Dis Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan, an advisory member for the Granada Foundation, VAE gallery in Raleigh, NC [USA], Pune Biennial [ India] and Liverpool City Council Tourism and Culture Select Committee, as well as being involved in many steering groups across the UK. She is currently the Unlimited Chair of the main Commissioning Panel, having held that role since 2014.

As a stimulating and enthusiastic public speaker, Ruth is regularly invited to speak about subjects relating to Disability and Deaf arts at conferences and cultural events across the globe. In the last two years she has worked in Finland, Qatar, Toronto, New Delhi, Pittsburgh [PA], Palestine and recently returned from Jakarta, Indonesia, as well as delivering talks, chairing or leading workshops across the UK.

As a Winston Churchill Travel Fellow, she visited India, Malawi & Cape Town to make connections with disability organisations around the world. In April 2015 she was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside, was made an honorary Canon at Liverpool Cathedral in Oct 2016 and awarded a MBE in 2016 Queens 90th Birthday Honours.

Ruth sees disability rights very much as human rights, and is a passionate and knowledgeable speaker. She also articulates the links between art and social change.

Ruth has a deafness gain, and is more comfortable speaking in a studio environment, rather than down a telephone line. However, she can talk on the phone for interview purposes with planning ahead. Ruth will require Lip Speakers for any public events.


Charles Guthrie, Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank

Lord Guthrie was commissioned into the Welsh Guards in1959. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1961, Captain in 1965 and in 1966 became a troop commander with 22 Special Air Service Regiment serving in Aden, the Persian Gulf, Malaysia and East Africa. In 1968 he became a squadron commander with 22 Special Air Service Regiment serving in the Persian Gulf and the United Kingdom. He returned to the Welsh Guards in Münster in 1970 and was promoted to Major later the same year.

Promoted to Colonel on 31 December 1979, he undertook a tour of duty in Northern Ireland in Spring 1980 for which he was appointed OBE. He then spent two years as Colonel on the General Staff for Military Operations at the Ministry of Defence. Promoted to Brigadier on 31 December 1981, he became Brigade Commander of 4th Armoured Brigade in 1982.

In 1987, Lord Guthrie became Assistant Chief of the General Staff at the Ministry of Defence. In 1989 he was promoted to Lieutenant-General and appointed General Officer Commanding 1st British Corps, and, having been appointed KCB in the New Year Honours 1990, he relinquished his command on 2 December 1991.

Lord Guthrie became Chief of the General Staff (CGS) on 15 March 1994, being advanced to GCB in the Queen's Birthday Honours 1994. As CGS, he was responsible for providing strategic military advice to the British Government on the deployment of troops for the Bosnian War. He went on to be Chief of the Defence Staff in 1997, in which role he advised the British Government on the conduct of the Kosovo War, before retiring in 2001.

He was created a Life Peer, as Baron Guthrie of Craigiebank, in the City of Dundee, in June 2001, and sits as a crossbencher in the House of Lords.

Guthrie is President of several charities, including Action Medical Research, the Army Benevolent Fund, the Federation of London Youth Clubs and the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association. He is a Deputy Lieutenant for Dorset, a Knight of Malta and Patron of the Cardinal Hume Centre.

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Myra Houser 

Professor Myra Ann Houser is assistant professor of history and coordinator of the BA in Social Justice Studies at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR. An OBU graduate, she holds an MA from the College of William and Mary and PhD from Howard University. Her research focuses on legal solidarity and rhetorical connections between twentieth-century southern African liberation movements and their overseas colleagues.  This work has received funding from the Tokyo Foundation, Phi Alpha Theta, the American Historical Association, and Columbia, Princeton, Ouachita, and Howard.

She has published in Atlantic Studies, Safundi, Human Rights Review, and in edited volumes and professional blogs.  Currently, she is completing a manuscript on the history of the Southern Africa Project of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

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Nisha Katona

Nisha Katona was a child protection Barrister for 20 years and is the founder and CEO of Mowgli Street Food restaurants. She is the author of The Spice Tree, The Mowgli Cook Book and Pimp My Rice. Nisha films for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Food Network. She also regularly appears as a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet. She has taught Indian cookery for over 10 years and has a series of YouTube video tutorials that have a worldwide following. She has over 28, 000 twitter followers.

“I had always been obsessed with the way nations cooked. The anthropology and social genesis of what they created and how they created it. My love of food combined with forensic love of analysing what makes people tick was beautifully meted out in the journey towards my first book Pimp My Rice. I found myself planning holidays primarily around the food offerings of the destinations. China, Laos, Vietnam, South Korea, Morocco, Italy, Poland, Hungary, the list was endless. I was evangelical about lifting the veil on what Indians would conjure as a dark complicated culinary art. It was 3 spices; any child could pick it up in an hour. This is what I wanted to show. The idea of the restaurant haunted me- I had these desert island dishes that I was pathologically addicted to, so would the British public feel the same?”

Nisha opened the first Mowgli back on Bold Street Liverpool in 2014 when she was still working full time as a Barrister. The popular restaurant expanded quickly to Manchester just a year later, and now has sites in Birmingham and Oxford, as well as opening its doors in Nottingham this summer. Mowgli is about how Indians eat in their homes and on the street, pared back and unplugged. The selection of dishes feed that yearning Indians have for bright intense rich flavours. Rather than a quiet or intimate dining experience, Mowgli is about the smash and grab and taste adventure.


Fr. Michael Lapsley

Father Michael Lapsley SSM was born in New Zealand on 2 June 1949. He was trained as an Anglican priest in Australia, where he joined a religious community, The Society of the Sacred Mission. This organisation transferred him to South Africa in 1973. Father Lapsley served as a university chaplain at three campuses in Durban, while in South Africa. Father Lapsley felt it was his duty to speak out against the injustices of the Apartheid regime. In 1976, the Apartheid government exiled Father Lapsley for his support of students after the 1976 student uprising. Father Lapsley then moved to Lesotho and later Harare, Zimbabwe, where he served as a chaplain in the African National Congress of South Africa (ANC). In 1982, Father Lapsley moved from Lesotho to Zimbabwe, after the South African government launched a raid into Lesotho that killed 42 people.

It was believed that Father Lapsley was one of the targets. While living in Zimbabwe, he discovered he was on a South African government hit list. On the 28 April 1990, Father Lapsley received two pieces of mail from South Africa. Included in one of the pieces of mail was a powerful letter bomb that blew off two of his hands and gravely injured him. This attempt on his life was organised by a covert organisation of the South African Government's security apparatus. He has dedicated his life to helping others deal with the suffering and scars inflicted by oppressive regimes. Father Lapsley currently heads The Institute for Healing of Memories in Cape Town, a social healing NGO which works globally.

Fr Michael has an honorary doctorate from Liverpool Hope University.


Anne Lonsdale, CBE, MA

Anne Lonsdale, CBE, MA, was President of New Hall (now Murray Edwards College), Cambridge University from 1996-2008. She was a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1998 – 2003 and a Deputy Vice-Chancellor till 2008. She is currently the University’s Deputy High Steward. She took two BA degrees at Oxford, in Classics and Philosophy and in Chinese Language, History & Literature, and lectured in Chinese Literature there. She later became Director for External Relations at Oxford and, from 1992-6, the first Secretary-General of the Central European University (CEU) founded by George Soros in Budapest, Prague and Warsaw

In 2009 she joined the Kazakhstani team creating Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, founded on its own Law requiring it to uphold Autonomy, Academic Freedom and collegial decision-making, and was Founding Provost 2010-2012 and 2015-16. From 2014-2016 she chaired the Governing Board of the European Humanities University in Vilnius (forcibly closed by President Lukashenko in Minsk in 2004 because too democratic and now a university in exile in Lithuania since 2005).

She has been Chair of Cara (Council for at-Risk Academics) since 2009. Cara is a UK Charity founded by Sir William (later Lord) Beveridge) in 1933 after Hitler closed German universities to “Jews and other undesirables” and left them destitute and endangered. Nowadays Cara supports academics forced to flee their universities and countries, often in fear for their lives, and seek sanctuary abroad. Cara helps the individual and their family but also supports teaching and research wherever Freedom of Speech and Assembly and Academic Freedom are challenged, partnering with 117 universities in the UK and others in Canada, Australia NZ and Germany.

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Carol Maibvisira

Carol Maibvisira grew up in the nurturing and tight-knit community that is the sunny city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Yet, she recalls a real sense of lacking the ability or belief that expressing some of the painful life challenges faced as a young woman, might lead to meaningful help. Early in life, she also began to experience grief for the loss of family and loved ones to AIDS-related illness.

Together, these formative life experiences have shaped her concerns for health, equality and change driven by young people’s aspirations. In Zimbabwe, she worked with different charitable organisations that safeguard young people’s well-being. Scholarship awards from the ALICT Institute, and British Council enabled her participation in their respective programmes aimed at young African leaders. Her current PhD (Health) study with AUT University, Auckland investigates ways of improving young peoples’ shaping of school-based sexuality education (focused on HIV prevention).

She has published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance; Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, and AUT’s ‘The Public’s Health, Inequalities and Social Justice’.

Awards include: Claude McCarthy Fellowship (2018), and several awards from AUT for publication, research, and teaching assistance (2012-2016).

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Bishop Vincent Malone

Vincent Malone was born in Liverpool on 11 September 1931. His early education was in the local parish school at St Oswald's, Old Swan. From 1942 to 1949 he attended St Francis Xavier College which was then run by the Jesuits in Salisbury Street, Liverpool. At the age of eighteen he went to St Joseph's College, Upholland to study for the priesthood and was ordained in his home parish of St Oswald, Old Swan on 18 September 1955.

His first appointment was to be Chaplain at Notre Dame Convent and College in Mount Pleasant, Liverpool (1955-1959) and while there he studied at Liverpool University and was awarded a Bachelor of Science (B Sc) in 1959. From Cambridge University he obtained in 1960 a Post graduate Certificate in education (PGCE) and in 1964 a Diploma in Education (Dip Ed). In 1967 he became a Fellow of the College of Preceptors (FcollP).

From 1960 to 1961 he served as Assistant Priest at St Anne's, Overbury Street, Liverpool and was a part-time teacher at St Francis Xavier's Preparatory School which was at that time also the Cathedral Choir School. Then for the next ten years (1961-1971) he served on the staff of Cardinal Allen Grammar school for Boys, first as an assistant teacher and eventually as Head of the Department for Religious Studies.

In 1971 he was appointed by Archbishop Beck as Catholic Chaplain to the University of Liverpool based in the Chaplaincy on Mount Pleasant. In 1979 Archbishop Worlock appointed him as Administrator of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and the following year he was appointed Honorary Prelate (Monsignor) and Canon of the Metropolitan Chapter.

In 1980 he was elected Chairman of Convocation of Liverpool University, the first churchman to hold that post. During his three year term of office the University celebrated its centenary in 1981.

He has also served as Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council of Priests, Northern Regional Coordinator for the 1982 Papal Visit, Deputy Speaker of the Merseyside and Region Churches Ecumenical Assembly and Chairman of its Standing Committee. In 1981 he was appointed to be a member of Archbishop's Council, on which he still serves today.

He was ordained as Titular Bishop of Abora and Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool by Archbishop Worlock in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King, Liverpool on 3 July 1989. He served as Chairman of the Bishops' Conference Committee for Higher Education and as Episcopal Liaison for the National Board of Catholic Women.

He retired as Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool on 26 October 2006, but remains as a Vicar General and Trustee of the Archdiocese of Liverpool.

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Jane McCarthy

Jane McCarthy is a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading, and a Visiting Fellow at the Open University, where she was Reader in Family Studies until her retirement in 2015.

Jane is a family sociologist and researcher with particular interests in parent/child relationships: earlier projects included mothers and their 7-year old children; step-families; the family lives of young people aged 16-18. Following the death of her husband in 2000, when their daughter was just 5, she extended her interests to children’s experiences of death and bereavement. More recently she has also become involved in international research, including children's family lives in China, and family deaths in Senegal. Much of her current work is framed by the theme of ‘family troubles’.

Jane has three ‘children’ (aged 23-42) and lives in Buckinghamshire.

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Archbishop Malcolm McMahon

The Most Rev Malcolm Patrick McMahon OP was born and brought up in London, the second of three brothers. When he left school, he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He then worked in the transport industry before joining the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) in 1976.

He made his religious profession in 1977, and studied philosophy at Blackfriars, Oxford and theology at Heythrop College, London. He was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Basil Hume on 26th June 1982.

He lived in Holy Cross Priory, Leicester between 1984 and 1985, during which time he served as Catholic Chaplain to Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University), before moving to St Dominic’s, Haverstock Hill, in north London. He later served as Parish Priest of St Dominic’s, Newcastle-upon-Tyne before returning to St Dominic’s, Haverstock Hill as parish priest. In 1992, he was elected Prior Provincial of the English Province of the Order of Preachers; having served for two terms as Prior Provincial, in 2000 he was elected Prior of Blackfriars, Oxford.

On 7th November 2000, Pope John Paul II appointed him ninth Bishop of Nottingham, and he was ordained to the episcopate by Bishop James McGuinness in St Barnabas’ Cathedral, Nottingham on 8th December 2000.

Archbishop McMahon is Chair of the Bishops’ Conference Department of Education and Formation, and the Catholic Education Service (CES). He is also National President of Pax Christi, the International Catholic Movement for Peace.

It was announced that Archbishop McMahon had been appointed ninth Archbishop of Liverpool on Friday 21st March 2014 and he was installed as Archbishop on Thursday 1st May 2014, the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King.

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David Unsworth

David Unsworth had two spells at Everton as a player before returning for a third time in a coaching capacity in September 2013.

The Goodison favourite took up a position within the Club’s Under-21s setup alongside his former teammate Alan Stubbs, before full-time taking control of the team at the start of the 2014/15 campaign.

During Unsworth’s time to date as head coach of the Under-21s, a number young players progressed to make their first-team debuts for Everton.

These included Brendan Galloway, Gethin Jones, Ryan Ledson, Kieran Dowell, Matthew Pennington and, most recently, Callum Connolly, Tom Davies.

During the 2015/16 season, Unsworth steered Everton Under-21s to a third-place finish in the league table, which included a six-match unbeaten end to the campaign. The following season the competition was expanded into an Under-23 tournament and become known as ‘Premier League 2’, with David Unsworth’s young Blues crowned champions.

Unsworth started his career with the Blues and made his way through the youth system before making his debut away at Tottenham in April 1992.

Unsworth found first team chances hard to come by and it wasn't until Joe Royle's appointment as manager that he cemented a place in the starting XI. He was part of the 1995 FA Cup Final winning team against Manchester United but he later departed for West Ham in a swap deal for Danny Williamson at the start of the 1997/98 season.

Unsworth's time in the capital would be brief and he returned north after only one season, signing for Aston Villa for £3m. His time at Villa Park would be even shorter though, and he returned to Goodison Park without ever making an appearance for the Villans.

He remained at Goodison Park for a further six seasons playing regularly under both Walter Smith and then David Moyes. Indeed, following the appointment of Moyes as manager, the defender scored the first goal of the
new era after 27 seconds against Fulham as the Blues started with a win.

At the start of the 2002 season Unsworth was granted a testimonial against Athletic Bilbao to mark his long service for the club but his time at Goodison would soon come to an end as he departed for Portsmouth in 2004.
Unsworth fell out of favour at Fratton Park and spent the remainder of the 2004/05 season on loan at Ipswich before signing a three-year deal with Sheffield United in 2005.

After helping the Blades secure promotion to the Premier League he soon left for Wigan and in a cruel twist of fate he scored the penalty that kept the Latics in the top flight - condemning the Blades to the Championship in the process.

After spells with Burnley and Huddersfield he retired from football in 2009 but moved into coaching with Preston North End as development coach before becoming first team coach at Deepdale.

Following the appointment of Graham Westley, he was deemed surplus to requirements and subsequently took up a role at former club Sheffield United. Unsworth was named as assistant to Chris Morgan for the remainder of the 2012/13 season before departing when former Everton teammate David Weir took charge of the Blades.

In September 2013 he returned back home to Goodison to become assistant manager of the Under-21 side under another former teammate in Alan Stubbs.

And the following summer when Stubbs was appointed Hibernian boss, Unsworth took up the mantle of leading the Under-21s (soon to become Under-23s) in the interim period before assuming the position on a permanent basis.


John O'Shea

In 1977, sports journalist John O'Shea interrupted a successful media career to turn his attention to helping the group of people referred to by Saint Teresa of Calcutta as the "Poorest of the Poor" and found that he had a talent for this endeavour. After a 35 year stint as CEO of GOAL, the agency he founded, and having helped raise in excess of $1billion, he retired in 2012 to concentrate his energies on delivering pro bono lectures to students in universities and colleges, on the importance of social entrepreneurship.

O'Shea has received honorary doctorates from Notre Dame University and from the Open University. Part of the Notre Dame citation read:
"You have raised awareness and provided tangible support for millions who otherwise would suffer without access to life's fundamental necessities. Your passionate commitment to the poor and your tireless dedication to the relief of extreme poverty exemplifies the finest qualities of the human spirit. By deciding to act on behalf of those in greatest need, you serve as an inspiration for all who seek to change the world but are tempted to believe they are too small to make an impact"

Bob Geldof said of O' Shea:
"John O' Shea is a great hero of mine-he's a great hero of Ireland and to the millions of people he has helped. Bono and I were hugely inspired by this mad lunatic who doesn't hold his temper or his tongue, who has never been diminished by detail or by the minutiae or by dilemmas that are thrown up. God bless John for not shutting up and for endlessly, standing up for those who can't do it for themselves. Great man"

Among the awards presented to O' Shea are:

Man of the Year (twice)
Social Entrepreneur of the Year
James Joyce award (previous winners included FW de Klerk and Jesse Jackson)
Tipperary International Peace award (previous winners included Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev)
The Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award (previous winners include Nelson Mandela, Roger Federer and Andre Agassi)

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Neil Thorns

Neil is the Director of Advocacy and Education at CAFOD, one of the UK’s leading development organisations and the official development agency of the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

His work at CAFOD involves policy, campaigns and education in England and Wales and working with our partner organisations and networks on advocacy internationally.

He is also the Chair of the Climate Coalition (TCC) since 2011. TCC brings together over 150 development and environment groups including Oxfam, Christian Aid, CAFOD, RSPB, WWF, Friends of the Earth and the Women’s Institutes. Neil has worked in international development for a number of large and high profile organisations and has a Masters in the politics and economy of South Africa.

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Richard Outram

Richard Outram is an undergraduate student reading Development and Peace Studies at the University of Bradford.

He is the co-founder and Secretary of the Oldham Pledge to Peace Forum, established in January 2016 to build peace in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham and beyond. The Forum consists of fifty organisations, local, national and international, which have signed the Pledge to Peace (, an initiative launched in the European Parliament in November 2011 to build ‘a culture of peace’ across Europe. Signatories include Oldham Council – the only major local authority to have signed the Pledge in the UK – and 25 local academies, colleges and schools, with which work is ongoing to develop peace education initiatives.

Richard is also the Editor of the Forum’s magazine, the Oldham Peace Times, and an ambassador engaged in fundraising and community promotional work for the Manchester-based Mines Advisory Group (, a charity is engaged in landmine clearance and education work in former and current conflict zones around the world.

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Richard Scudamore

Biography to follow

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Professor Stephan Wassong

Stephan Wassong is Full Professor at the German Sport University Cologne where he is Head of the Institute of Sport History and Director of its Olympic Studies Centre since 2009. He is Executive Director of the international study programme Master of Arts in Olympic Studies. Since 2015, he has been member of the International Olympic Committee’s Olympic Education Commission. He has been appointed Adjunct Professor in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Professor Wassong said: “The Big Hope 2 will be a platform for academic, social and personal exchange. That`s why it is a pleasure for me to contribute to it.”