Who we are

In its early years, the Foundation was operated entirely by volunteers. In December 2004, in order to respond to the growth of the organisation, the Board of Trustees took the decision to recruit a small team of paid staff. As the organisation has continued to expand, the staff team at the Foundation has increased to five people, some full time and some part time. All other people involved continue to work on a voluntary basis for the Foundation.

The President, Patrons, Trustees and Chair of the Foundation are all volunteers. They are actively involved in promoting the work of the Foundation, in business planning, fundraising, and performance management. They also take a lead in the annual selection of students who receive bursaries. The list below shows the people involved with the Foundation.


Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Founder and Chair:

Dr Ann Limb CBE DL

Staff Team:

Shahida Aslam, Operations Manager
Glenda Pringle, Projects Manager


Samantha Beecham
Dr Vicky Duckworth
Anne Faulkner
John Haigh
Mike Hopkins
Paul Bonner Hughes
Ian Kernohan
Tracy Langton
Jacqui Mace
Karen Mitchell
Dr Julie Mills
Maxine Room CBE
Kate Webb


Ade Adepitan MBE
Sonita Alleyne OBE
Prof Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell CBE
The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP
The Rt Hon Lord Bragg
Dame Julia Cleverdon CVO OBE
Dame Judi Dench CH
Richard Eve
The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP
Will Hutton
Joanna Lumley OBE
Baroness McIntosh
Rabbi The Rt Hon Baroness Neuberger OBE
Lord Ouseley
Baroness Perry
Lord Puttnam CBE FRSA
Heather Rabbatts CBE
Gail Rebuck CBE
Jack Romain
Alan Tuckett OBE
Baroness Wall
Baroness Walmsley
Dame Harriet Walter CBE
Baroness Warwick
The Rt Hon David Willetts MP

Scotland Patron

Sir Andrew Cubie CBE FRSE
Denise Mina

Wales Patron

The Rt Hon Lord Kinnock

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