Damon Hill OBE
Born 17 September 1960 in London is a British former racing driver from England.
Hill started his Formula One career in 1992 with the then uncompetitive Brabham team. He took the first of his 22 victories at the 1993 Hungarian Grand Prix for the Williams team the following year. In 1994, he won the British Grand Prix, a race his father had never won in his long and successful career. During the mid 1990s, Hill was Michael Schumacher’s main rival for the Formula One Driver’s Championship, finishing runner-up in the German’s 1994 and 1995 title seasons. The two had a series of controversial clashes on and off the track, including the collision at the 1994 Australian Grand Prix that gave Schumacher his first title by a single point.
Hill took eight victories and eventually the world championship in 1996. Despite this, Williams decided in mid-1996 not to renew Hill’s contract for 1997. He went on to record the Jordan team’s first ever win at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix, and came within a few miles of being the only driver to win a Grand Prix for the Arrows team and their Yamaha engine supplier at the 1997 Hungarian Grand Prix. He retired from the sport at the end of the 1999 season, after 122 race starts.
In 2006, Hill became president of the British Racing Drivers’ Club, succeeding Jackie Stewart.
CEO Marval Group, has been responsible for the design & implementation of some of Europe’s largest award winning IT Service & Support operations, both in Public & Private sector environments. Don’s projects have won nine European service improvement project awards.
A major IT industry thought leader, co-author & innovator of the world’s first standard for IT Service Management ISO/IEC 20000. He has played a pivotal role in the shaping of standards within the IT industry. Over the years organisations, both in the private & public sector have become dependent on information technology to operate effectively. This has meant that poor service or seconds of computer downtime can result in thousands of unsatisfied customers; job losses and reduced profits. Consequently Don’s Company Marval, which is based in Kettering, has helped numerous companies create a well managed IT & Service Infrastructure, which has become critical to their success.
Baroness Julia Cumberlege
Baroness Cumberlege comes from a medical family. Having chaired the Brighton Health Authority and subsequently the South West Thames Regional Health Authority, in 1992 Julia was appointed a Junior Health Minister and for five years covered all health and social services matters in the House of Lords.
When leaving Government, Julia sought to “close the loop” between politicians and NHS leaders, devising the highly successful Westminster Experience, and in April 2001 she launched Cumberlege Connections.
Julia chairs a number of charities and Parliamentary Groups. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners, a Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives, a Senior Associate of the Kings Fund, a Trustee of Leeds Castle and Patron of the National Childbirth Trust. From 2000 until 2005 Julia chaired the Council of St. George’s University of London, a leading medical school. In 2001 Julia joined the board of Huntsworth plc where she was a Non-Executive Director for 3 years.
At the invitation of the Royal College of Physicians, Julia chaired a working party examining medical professionalism. The report “Doctors in Society” was published in December 2005. In 2006 she was asked by the Catholic Church to review the protection of children and vulnerable adults, and the Cumberlege Commission was established. The Commission’s report “Safeguarding with Confidence” was published in July 2007
In October 2007 Julia was appointed Chair of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC). Prior to this, Julia was a Trustee of Cancer Research UK for ten years.
Rupert is an English theatre director. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge. He is the artistic director of Headlong Theatre, previously known as the Oxford Stage Company. Between 2002 and 2005, he was artistic director of the Royal and Derngate Theatres in Northampton. Prior to that, he was an associate at the Salisbury Playhouse in 1996-97.
He has directed Patrick Stewart, both as Prospero in the RSC Stratford production of The Tempest in 2006, and as Macbeth in his acclaimed Minerva studio staging of Macbeth at the Chichester Festival Theatre in May 2007. Goold also directed Jessica Lange in a 2007 West End revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
John has worked for BP as a refinery engineer, Alcan Aluminium where he was responsible for the HR function in the UK and for the Research and Development function, Marley plc where he was Group Managing Director, Textron, where he was President of the European division of Textron Fastening Systems and Taylor Woodrow where he was Chief Executive.
He has extensive experience as a consultant in the Industrial and Human Resources division of Unbucon/AIC and in BASE International advising on innovation and technology strategy. John has taught on strategic planning programmes at Cranfield and Warwick Universities.
He is currently a non-executive director of Gibbs and Dandy plc.
Sir Igor Judge, QC
Born 19 May 1941, Sir Igor is a British judge. He was educated at St. Edward’s College, Cottonera and Oratory School, Woodcote. He studied history and law at Magdalene College, Cambridge.
He was called to the bar at Middle Temple in 1963. He became a Recorder in 1976 and a Queen’s Counsel in 1979. He was appointed to the Queen’s Bench Division in 1988 (as Mr Justice Judge), and awarded the customary knighthood, and promoted to the Court of Appeal in 1996 (as Lord Justice Judge), becoming a Privy Counsellor.
He was the Senior Presiding Judge for England and Wales from 1998 to 2003, when he became Deputy Lord Chief Justice. He was appointed as the first President of the Queen’s Bench Division in 2005 when that post was split from that of Lord Chief Justice. In addition to his role as President of the Queen’s Bench Division, Judge was appointed Head of Criminal Justice in January 2007.
It was announced on 7 July 2008 that he would replace Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers as Lord Chief Justice on 1 October 2008.
Trevor Baylis is an inventor. At the age of 15, Trevor swam for Britain and when drafted for National Service as a Physical Training Instructor, he swam for the Army and Imperial Services. Upon leaving the Army in 1961, he joined a swimming pool company as a salesman, then moved into R & D and went on to develop 50 new products. In 1970, having built a large portable glass sided tank which was used for giving high diving and underwater swimming exhibitions, he founded his own swimming pool company.
With support and encouragement from the BBC World Service in 1994, the Clockwork Radio was featured on ‘Tomorrows World’ after which a product champion was found and plans were struck to employ disabled people in the manufacture of radios. The factory was opened in 1995 in South Africa and QED made and broadcast a documentary, which further raised the product profile and in 1996, he won the BBC Design Award for the Best Product and Best Design.
In the same period, Trevor started raising interest in the need for a Royal Academy For Inventors. As the UK’s best known living inventor, he is currently featured in a national advertising campaign and he was a fascinating subject for a ‘This is Your Life’ programme with Michael Aspel.