Camila Batmanghelidjh

Born in Iran and educated in England, Camila is the founder of Kids Company, a charity with a unique and pioneering approach to delivering therapeutic service to vulnerable children and young people. The original Arches 11 centre offers a drop-in service to ‘lone’ children who are living with poverty, abuse and neglect or living on the street in London. In addition, therapeutic and social work services are now offered in 33 schools in the most disadvantaged areas of the capital. She is nationally recognised for her contribution to the social inclusion agenda and was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2005 and Woman of the Year in 2006.

Diane Hayes

Born in Northamptonshire, Diane read Economics at the University of Manchester in the 1960s. After a short career as a computer analyst/programmer with the Shell Corporation Diane began lecturing in computing in further education moving on to Nene College in 1979. Diane moved rapidly through the ranks to Subject leader for Computing in 1983, Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Management and Business in 1987 and Dean in 1989. In 2000 Diane was promoted to a central Directorate role as the Clerk to the Governing Council. Diane retired as Senior Pro Vice Chancellor in 2007 after 28 exceptional years of service and dedication.

Lady Juliet Townsend

Lady Juliet Townsend is Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, a position she has held since 1998. She was Lady in Waiting to Princess Margaret between 1965-1971 and Extra Lady in Waiting from 1971-2002. In 1981 she was conferred with a Royal Victorian Order, an award given by The Queen to people who have served the Monarchy in a personal way.

Hugh Dennis

Hugh is a comedian, writer and voice-over artist best known for his work with long term comedy partner Steve Punt. Hugh’s early career included stand-up with Steve, being a resident support for Jasper Carrot on BBC 1’s Carrot Confidential, and providing the voices for seven series of Spitting Image. He was one quarter of The Mary Whitehouse Experience. He is currently to be seen on BBC 2’s Mock the Week, BBC 1’s Outnumbered and heard on BBC 4’s The Now Show.

John Smeathers

Born in Trinidad to a civil service family, his Northampton born father being based there whilst working in the local Forest Department. John returned to England and went on to read Enginneering at the University of Cambridge. In 1967, John commenced a career in computing, firstly at Radio and Space research Station at Ditton Park in Slough, then Cranfield Institute if Technology and later University of Birmingham, where he remained until 1985, working as a systems analyst.

Morcea Walker

Morcea has made an outstanding contribution to education and training in Northamptonshire over the past thirty years, both as an education professional and as a leading member of the local African Carribean community. She is dedicated to community building as well as to education. In the 1970’s she was a pioneer Clack teacher in Northampton schools, and a founder member of the Northampton African Caribbean Community Organisation. Nowadays she is Northamptonshire County Council co-ordinator of 23 Supplementary Schools, with more in the pipeline.

Gary Hoffman

Gary was appointed Barclays Group Vice Chairman in 2006 and was formally Chairman, UK Banking and Chairman, Barclaycard. Prior to this he was chief Executive of Barclaycard. He is also non-executive Director of Trinity Mirror PLC and a board member of Visa Europe. He is Trustee of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust UK and Charities Aid Foundation and Vice Chair of Coventry City Football club.

Peter Dunkley MBA BA ARMCM Cert Ed

Born in Ilford and studied at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal Manchester College of Music. Following a period as a freelance performer and conductor he became Head of Wooswind for Wiltshire. He joined Northamptonshire’s Music Service in 1989 becoming Director of the Music and Performing Arts Service in 1993. Under his leadership the county orchestras, concept bands and brass bands, choirs and other groups have consistently completed in national competitions.

Charles Landry

Charles was born in 1948 and studied in Britain, Germany and Italy and is tri-lingual. He founded Comedia, Europes leading cultural and planning consultancy in 1978. Apart from Britain, Comedia has worked in 35 countries ranging from Australia, Russia, South Africa, the USA and Hong Kong. Charles is regarded aas an international authority on city futures and the use of culture is revitalising cities, through cultural planning and heritage issues.

Baroness Manningham-Buller (Eliza)

Born in Northamptonshire, attended Northampton High School, then Benenden School and read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She worked for three years as a teacher in London before joining the Security Service in 1974. In the Service she specialised in counter-terrorism, both international and domestic. She became Director-General in 2002 before retiring in April 2007. She is currently cross bench member of the House of Lords, a governor of the Welcome Trust and a member of the Council of Imperial College, London.