Margaret Harrison, CBE
Family Life (her own and that of others) has been central to everything else that Margaret has undertaken. She was the founder of Home-Start in Leicester in 1973, then developed and ran it with others nationally and internationally over 25 years.
After her retirement in 1998 she was invited by the Home-Office, along with 4 others to establish the National Family and Parenting Institute, where she served on its Board for 8 years. She chaired the Dutch sponsored International Initiative for Children, Youth and Families, working with policy makers, managers, practitioners and researchers throughout the world. She served on the Board of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust; was Secretary of its East Midlands Association; was an External Assessor of the Co-operative College Diploma in Policy Studies; and a Trustee of the American Reclaiming Youth International. Inter alia she has worked with primary and secondary schools as well as with HM Prison Leicester, and been involved in many local and national voluntary organisations.
She has received various awards and honours. Her book about the first 25 years of Home-Start – ‘Hooray! Here Comes Tuesday’ was published in 2003.
Baroness Linklater of Butterstone
Baroness Linklater has a background in social work having qualified as a Child Care Officer in the late ‘60’s. She became increasingly involved in the criminal justice system and was involved in starting the first Visitor’s Centre for prisoners’ families at Pentonville in 1971 and she set up The Butler Trust (a national award scheme for people working in the prison services of the UK) in 1983.
She was a children panel member in Edinburgh from 1989-97 and in 1991, founded The New School, Butterstone for child with special needs. Since 1991 she has been a trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and in 1997 was created a Life Peer.
She speaks on criminal justice matters and special educational needs. Her particular interest is in children and young people who are troubled, at risk of offending or in custody. From 2001-04 she was a member of the Scottish Committee of Banardos. She has been a Patron, inter alia, of Support in Mind Scotland (formally National Schizophrenia Fellowship Scotland), Action for Prisoners' Families, Home Start, Epilepsy Scotland and Contact a Family. She has a long-standing professional and personal interest in mental health, Education and the difficulties faced by the vulnerable and disadvantaged in society.
Lord Richard Best
Lord Best is President of the Local Government Association: Treasurer of the Royal Society of Arts: a Trustee of The Tree Council: Chairman of Hanover Housing Association: Chairman of the TPO Council since April 2009: Chairman of TGO Council.
He is Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing and Care for Older People: Vice-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Urban Development: Treasurer of the All Party Group on Housing: Vice President of the Town and Country Planning Association: Chairman of the Private Rented Sector Policy Forum: Chaired the Commission on the Future of Housing in Northern Ireland: Chaired the CLG/LGA Housing Commission: Deputy Chairman, Westminster City Council Standards Committee: Patron of the Housing Association Charitable Trust: He has previously acted as Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and as Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.
Dame Julia Cleverdon, DCVO, CBE
Dame Julia Cleverdon is a Vice President of Business in the Community, a unique movement of 750 companies across the UK committed to improving continually their positive impact on society and a Special Adviser to The Prince’s Charities on responsible business practice.
Under Julia’s leadership the collective activities of Business in the Community have expanded to impact across local communities, support positive environmental activity, promote diversity and best practice in the workplace and encourage ethical operations in the wider marketplace.
Julia is Chair of Teach First, whose mission is to address educational disadvantage by transforming exceptional graduates into effective, inspirational teachers and leaders in all fields.
She also sits on the Carillion Sustainability Board, chairs RWE NPower’s Corporate Responsibility Committeen and an Ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund and chairs the Newnham Advisory Board.
Professor Tanya Byron
Professor Tanya Byron is a consultant clinical psychologist specialising in child and adolescent mental health. She has an NHS career spanning twenty years working in many areas of mental health.
Tanya also broadcasts on TV and radio (Little Angels; House of Tiny Tearaways; Am I Normal?; All in the Mind). She has a weekly column in The Times and a monthly column in Good Housekeeping.
Tanya is an independent national and international government advisor on children, young people and the digital media - in 2008 she published The Byron Review: Safer Children in a Digital World and it’s follow up review Do We have Safer Children in a Digital World (2010) and sat on Lord Carter’s Digital Britain advisory board (2009). Tanya also advises the current government, in particular the SoS for Education, the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove.
Saira Khan shot to fame in the first series of the smash hit BBC 2 TV Series “The Apprentice” and has since taken the UK by storm. She is a regular face on BBC television and presented the hit children’s show Beat the Boss. She has been involved in high profile tv shows like celebrity masterchef, celebrity mastermind and Children in Need’s Around the World in 80 Day.
Saira is currently presenting a new CBBC’s business show called “Trade your way to the USA” and her two 60minute documentaries for BBC2 called, “Adopting Abroad, Saira’s Story” was shown to great national reviews in Sept 2011.
Saira is MD of her own company “miamoo” a luxury range of skincare products, www.miamoo.co.uk, has written a self-help book called PUSH for success published by Random House and is an experienced motivational speaker.
Sid Sloane is a London born and bred actor, presenter and writer of performance poetry most popularly known internationally as one of the main presenters on the multi BAFTA award winning CBeebies channel.
Sid who lives in Brighton is a trained actor and life-coach and an untrained lover of football with a Brighton & Hove Albion season ticket. He is currently establishing a theatre company to deliver creatively engaging and imaginative pre-school theatre reaching out and empowering children to develop and raise self-esteem. As a divorced father of one 14yr old son and one of five children raised in a single parent household he will bring experience, empathy and ideas to the role of ambassador.
Paul Lindley loves to explore, dream and discover. He was born in Sheffield and grew up in Zambia where his explorations, dreams and discoveries truly began. Graduating from the University of Bristol, he trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in London and Los Angeles. He then spent 9 years at Nickelodeon – the premier kids’ television brand - where he rose from Financial Controller to Deputy Managing Director via the roles of Finance Director, Commercial Director, Communications Director and General Manager. These career and character forming years gave him a passion for children’s issues, a deep understanding of how children think and a desire to work with them throughout his career.
He thought he had the coolest job in the world until he thought of the idea for Ella’s Kitchen, and realised that that seed of an idea had to grow. In 2004 he gave up his job to follow his dream and almost 2 years to the day after leaving Nickelodeon, he - together with his daughter Ella – proudly saw their Ella’s Kitchen products on supermarket shelves for the first time. In the subsequent 6 years the company has grown extremely quickly, catching the zeitgeist of our times and really connecting with parents and most importantly kids. In 2011 families spent over £50M on Ella’s Kitchen foods.
In each of 2009, 2010 and 2011 Ella’s Kitchen was ranked in the top 25 fastest growing private companies in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100, and in June 2010 was voted the Best Food and Drink Brand in the 2010 Grocer Gold Awards, beating Hovis, Walkers, Doritos and Cadburys. Paul also won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the 2011 National Business Awards. Having won numerous awards for its customer focus Ella’s Kitchen has co-founded The Consumer Forum, to promote customer excellence in business. The brand launched in Scandinavia and the US in 2009 and by 2011 every second of every day someone, somewhere around the world ate an Ella’s product.
Alison Lindley is a co-founder, together with her husband Paul Lindley, of the fastest growing baby and kids food brand Ella’s Kitchen. Launched in 2006, Ella’s Kitchen now employs a team of 40 people with an annual turnover of over £30 million. As well as being a Director of Ella’s Kitchen Alison also holds the position of ‘Head of Giving Stuff Back’ spearheading the company’s ethical concerns, charitable endeavours and public affairs work championing healthy kids.
Prior to her pivotal role in assuring the establishment, growth and development of Ella’s Kitchen, Alison worked for the Consumers’ Association for over eight years as a qualified solicitor. At the Consumers’ Association, her remit covered a wide range of interests including consumer legislation, health and nutrition issues and consumer redress.
Alison also has a background in publishing having set up a ‘Families’ magazine franchise which she distributed across the Thames Valley. The publication covered a wide spectrum of parenting issues, as well as providing essential local information for Thames Valley families.
Now living in Reading, Berkshire with husband and co-founder Paul and their two children, Ella and Patrick, Alison invaluably brings a wealth of experience and knowledge – both first hand and professional – to their highly successful business venture.