Baroness Flather

Teacher and British politician. Baroness Flather has been a life peer for the Conservative party since the 11 June 1990 as Baroness Flather, of Windsor and Maidenhead in the Royal County of Berkshire. She was the first Asian woman to receive a peerage.
Baroness Flather was born in 1934 in Lahore when it was still part of India, she came to study law at the. University College London and taught in state schools before embarking on her remarkable career. She has served as Deputy Mayor and as Mayor for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

She has also been a teacher of English as a second language and a member of the Conservative Women’s National Committee. Baroness Flather has been recognised as Asian Who’s Who Asian of the Year 1996. She has served senior posts in various organisations involved in refugee, community, race relations and prison work. She was the first Indian woman councillor, the first Indian woman JP, the first Indian mayor and, the first Asian woman to be elevated to the House of Lords.

The Rt Revd Frank White

Bishop of Brixworth. Was appointed Suffragan Bishop of Brixworth in March 2002.

He obtained a BSc Econ from Consett Technical College. He then gained a Diploma in Social Science at the University of Wales in Cardiff and a Diploma in Theology at the University of Nottingham.

He then went on to study at St Johns College, Nottingham and was awarded a Diploma in Pastoral Studies. He was ordained deacon in 1980 and priest in 1981.

He was the Director of Youth Action in York between 1971 and 1973 and then became a detached youth worker at the Manchester Catacombs Trust from 1973 to 1977. In 1980 he became the Assistant Curate of St Nicholas, Durham, a post he held until 1984. In 1984 he became the Senior Curate at St Mary and St Cuthbert, Chester Le Street. In 1987 he became the full time hospital chaplain for Durham and Chester Le Street Hospitals. In 1989 he was appointed as vicar of St John the Evangelist in Birtley and was made Rural Dean in 1993. In 1997 he was appointed as Archdeacon of Sunderland and in 1997 was also made an Honorary Canon of Durham Cathedral. From 1987 to 2000 he was a Proctor in Convocation at the General Synod.

Bishop Frank has been a supporter of the University since becoming Bishop of Brixworth in 2002.  He has worked closely with inter-faith and other Christian denominational leaders in Northamptonshire and has a close and active interest in homelessness and poverty in Northamptonshire.

Keith Barwell

Keith is a local Businessman and Chairman of Northampton Saints Rugby Football Club.

He has supported Northampton Rugby Football Club (‘The Saints’) since his schooldays and is currently their Chairman. He has been closely involved with the restoration of one of Northampton’s most interesting 20th century buildings; 78 Derngate – formerly the home of the Bassett Lowke family, the interior of which was designed and furnished by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

In January 2005, he was appointed as Chairman of the West Northampton Urban Development Corporation (renamed as West Northampton Development Corporation – WNDC) having been its Chair-Designate since September 2004.  The WNDC was set up in 2004 to drive the growth and regeneration of Northampton, Daventry and Towcester. He stepped down from the Board of WNDC in the summer 2008.

He is a regular donor to the University of Northampton and the Maggie Barwell Scholarship which was set up to support students studying in The School of The Arts, Division of Fashion and Textiles.

Cllr Gina Ogden

County Councillor. Gina is the longest serving County Councillor and was first elected in 1967. She is currently chairman of the Adult Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee. She also serves as a governor of the Northamptonshire Performing Arts and Music Service and is a member of the Royal and Derngate Theatres Board and is involved with St Andrews Hospital, Northampton.

Tim Boswell

MP for Daventry. Tim contested the seat of Rugby in the General Election of February 1974. Later, he served on the voluntary side of the Party as Daventry Constituency Treasurer and then Chairman. He was appointed as part-time Special Political Adviser to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in May 1984, and held the post until his selection as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Daventry in November 1986. He was first elected Member of Parliament for Daventry in 1987.

In November 1989, Tim was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Peter Lilley MP who was Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

In July 1990 he was appointed an Assistant Whip, with responsibilities for the Environment and subsequently for Trade and Industry and Transport. From April until December 1992 he was the Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty’s Treasury (Government Whip).

Tim was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Education from December 1992 until July 1995. From July 1995 until May 1997, Tim was Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. In July 1997, Tim was appointed Opposition Frontbench Spokesman for the Treasury. Since December 1997 he has been the Opposition Frontbench Spokesman on Energy and Industry in the DTI team. In June 1999 he was appointed Frontbench Spokesman for Further and Higher Education and Disabilities. In September 2001, he was appointed a Frontbench Spokesman for Work and Pensions and for Disabilities.

In July 2002, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Education and Skills and for Disabilities. In June 2003 he relinquished his disability responsibilities to concentrate on post-sixteen education. In November 2003, he was appointed a Shadow Minister for Home, Constitutional and Legal Affairs, and in November 2004 he was appointed Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions.

Since June 2005, Tim has been Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Party Chairman.

Tim Butcher

Journalist/Author. Tim Butcher was born in Warwickshire and educated at Rugby School and Magdalen College, Oxford and currently lives in Hellidon, near Daventry.

He is the author of Blood River: A Journey to Africa’s Broken Heart, an account of his journey across the Congo, following the path of Henry Morton Stanley’s 1870s expedition. The book reached Number 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list in March 2008. The book was the only non-fiction title in the Richard & Judy Book Club 2008 (coming third) and was runner-up for the top prize at the 2008 British Book Awards winning more votes from members of the public than any other non-fiction. In May 2008 it was one of six titles shortlisted for the 2008 Samuel Johnson prize, the UK’s most prestigious non-fiction literary award. It was shortlisted for the Dolman Best Travel Book Award.

Since joining the staff of The Daily Telegraph in 1990, he has served as war correspondent covering many major conflicts in recent years including the wars in Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Algeria, Sierra Leone and Lebanon and has been the Africa Bureau Chief.  He is currently Middle East Correspondent, based in Jerusalem, Israel.

Maurice Jones

KTP Advisor. Following the traditional further education path taken by apprentices he worked his way in part time education through ONC and HNC finally becoming a chartered Engineer in 1972.

Following apprenticeship he joined the computer company ICT in 1964 and started a career in the industry which lasted for almost 40 years.  Over this time he progressed from a being a design engineer, technical manager, company management and Managing Director. In the past 30 years has founded three companies two in the UK and one in the USA.

He has been a regional KTP Adviser since December 2000.  He initially covered all of East Anglia and more recently supports KTP activity in the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.  In terms of Knowledge Base institutions he supports the universities of Cambridge, Cranfield and Northampton, Peterborough Regional College and RTOs in the region such as TWI in Cambridge.

Maurice combines his KTP activities with being a councillor with Mid Beds District Council where he holds the portfolio for finance.

Martin Lambie-Nairn

Television Brand Identity. Martin Lambie-Nairn is one the world’s leading authorities on television brand identity. He entered the world of commercial television in the swinging, money-spinning Sixties, pioneered new graphic presentation techniques in the current affairs broadcasting in the Seventies, and in the Eighties produced a revolutionary computer-animated identity for Channel 4, which was to have a profound impact on television graphic design worldwide. In the nineties he has gone on to reposition BBC1 and BBC2, winning a host of design awards in the process, and has spread his activities to work for television stations in Europe, Scandinavia, New Zealand and the United States.

He was one of the first people to identify that television brand identity and television graphic design are two very different things, and that graphic designers are not always the best qualified people to design identities for television channels.

When Martin was awarded the president’s award from the royal television society in 1995 for his contribution to television craft and design, the citation spoke of how,’…he lets his artistic imagination soar – he is always pushing the creative frontiers of the genre’. A client puts it another way, ‘Martin takes risks with himself. He fights for what he believes is right, not what will win him business.’