Lord Professor Parekh FBA

Lord Parekh collaborated with Runnymede on the Commission on the Future of a Multi-Ethnic Britain

Educated at the Universities of Bombay and London, Lord Bhikhu Parekh is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Academy of the Learned Societies for Social Sciences and a Professor of Political Philosophy at the University of Westminster.

As well as his role of a patron for Runnymede, he is vice-chairman of the Gandhi Foundation, a trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust, and a member of the National Commission on Equal Opportunity.

His main academic interests include political philosophy, the history of political thought, social theory, ancient and modern Indian political thought, and the philosophy of ethnic relations.

Lord Professor Parekh is the author of several different books and publications, among others the book: Rethinking Multiculturalism: Cultural Diversity and Political Theory (2000);

Lord Parekh has received many awards throughout his career: the Sir Isaiah Berlin Prize for lifetime contribution to political philosophy by the Political Studies Association (2002); the Distinguished Global Thinker Award by the India International Centre Delhi (2006); the Interdependence Prize from the Campaign for Democracy (New York, 2006), and the Padma Bhushan Honours in the 2007 Indian Republic Day Honours list.

Baroness Amos

Baroness Valerie Ann Amos is the British High Commissioner to Australia. She began her career in local government, working in various London boroughs from 1981 to 1989.

Before becoming a commissioner, she had been made a Labour life peer in 1997 and served as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. When she was appointed Secretary of State for International Development in 2003, she became the first black woman to sit in the cabinet.

Baroness Amos was previously Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs with responsibility for Africa, the Commonwealth, the Caribbean, Overseas Territories, Consular Issues and FCO Personnel.

In July 2010 Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon announced Baroness Amos’ appointment to the role of Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

Dame Diana Brittan CBE

Dame Diana Brittan has held a number of public appointments since 1984 and has extensive experience in the public and voluntary sectors.

She is currently chairing the Connection at St. Martin’s, as well as the London and South Regional Committee of the British Lung Foundation. In July 2009 she was appointed chairman of Independent Age, a charity working to keep older people independent and out of poverty.

Previously she was chairman of the Community Fund (formerly the National Lottery Charities Board).

As well as her voluntary appointments, Diana serves as Justice of the Peace in the City of London and is president of the Townswomen’s Guilds.

Lady Hollick

Lady Sue Woodford-Hollick is a businesswoman and consultant with wide ranging experience in broadcasting and the arts.

She is a former current affairs producer and documentary maker for Granada Television and a founding commissioning editor for Channel 4 television.

Sue recently retired after nine years as chair of the Arts Council England in London. She has chaired and been a trustee of numerous arts organisations including: Tate Members, Index on Censorship, Talawa Theatre Company and the Theatre Museum.

She is the founder and co-owner of Bringing Up Baby Ltd, a London-based childcare company.

Currently Sue is also a trustee of AMREF (African Medical Research Foundation), Africa’s largest health NGO, based in Nairobi and she chairs the Amref UK board. She is also a trustee of the Free Word Centre and Complicite Theatre Company.

Baroness Neuberger DBE

Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE was Britain’s second female rabbi, and the first to lead a synagogue on her own.

She served the South London Liberal Synagogue for 12 years, before going to the King's Fund Institute as a visiting fellow, to work on research ethics committees in the United Kingdom.

She has previously been chair of Camden and Islington Community Health Services Trust and became Chief Executive of the King’s Fund until 2004. She served as a civil service commissioner and was a member of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

Baroness Neuberger was made a DBE in the New Year’s Honours List of 2004, and in June 2004 she was created a life peer. In 2007 she was appointed the prime minister’s champion for volunteering, a post she relinquished in early June 2009.


Baroness Prashar CBE

Baroness Prashar, a former Runnymede director, has been chairman of the Judicial Appointments Commission since October 2005. From 2000 to 2005 she was the First Civil Service Commissioner.

Previously she was Chairman of the Parole Board for England and Wales, director of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Currently she is president of the Royal Commonwealth Society, a governor of the Ditchley Foundation, a trustee of Cumberland Lodge, and a non-executive director of ITV.

She is also president of UK Council for International Student Affairs and an honorary president of the Community Foundation Network.

Baroness Prashar's past appointments have included: Board member and chancellor of De Montfort University; chairman of the National Literacy Trust; governor of Salzburg Seminar; board member of Ashridge College; trustee of the Windsor Leadership Trust and non-executive director of the Cabinet Office

She has also served as a member of the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice, the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct, the Arts Council. She has been non-executive director of Channel 4 and a member of the Joint Committee of the House of Lords and House of Commons on Human Rights.

Baroness Prashar was born in Kenya. She attended Universities of Leeds and Glasgow.

She was made a CBE in 1994 and awarded a peerage in 1999. She sits in the House of Lords as a crossbencher and was a member of the Committee of Inquiry into the Iraq conflict.

Baroness Whitaker

Baroness Janet Whitaker was created a Life Peer in 1999, after a career in publishing and the civil service.

Her last post carried national and international responsibility for gender discrimination, including leading the national delegation to the 4th UN Conference on Women. She also joined the Runnymede representation to the UN Conference against Racism in 2001.

Baroness Whitaker has been a was a member of the Select Committee on the European Union subcommittee on social policy and migration, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Joint Parliamentary Committees on the draft Corruption Bill.

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