Sir Philip Mawer
Prime Minister’s Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests
Sir Philip Mawer is currently the Prime Minister’s Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests, the Chair of the Professional Regulation Executive Committee of the Actuarial Profession in the UK and Deputy Chairman of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. He also chairs a group implementing new selfregulatory arrangements for the political lobbying profession in the UK and has a number of different charitable commitments.
From 2002 – 2007 Sir Philip was the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. Previously he had, from 1990, been Secretary General of the General Synod of the Church of England, and from1997 was also Secretary General of the Archbishops’ Council.
Prior to his appointment to the Synod he had been a civil servant for some 18 years, mainly in the Home Office, where his posts included those of Secretary to Lord Scarman’s Inquiry into the Brixton Disturbances and Principal Private Secretary to the then Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon Douglas Hurd, now Lord Hurd of Westwell. Latterly he was an Under Secretary in the Cabinet Office serving on the Cabinet secretariat.
Sir Philip was born and brought up in Hull, and educated at Hull Grammar School and Edinburgh University. He was knighted in 2002 for his services to the Church of England, is an honorary lay canon of St. Albans Cathedral and holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Hull and of Hertfordshire.
Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu
Archbishop of York
John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu was born into Uganda’s Buffalo clan on the 10th June 1949. He is the sixth of thirteen children. Encouraged in his education by English missionaries and teachers, he graduated in law from Makerere University, Kampala and is an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda. He practised Law both at the Bar and at the Bench before he came to the UK in 1974.
He read theology at Selwyn College Cambridge where he gained a Masters Degree and a Doctorate. He trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, then part of the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges. Following his ordination in 1979 he served as Assistant Chaplain at Selwyn College, Cambridge. From 1979-1982 he was Chaplain at HM Remand Centre Latchmere House and Curate of St Andrew’s, Ham in the Diocese of Southwark.
From 1982-1983 he was Curate of St Paul’s Church, Herne Hill, in South London and from 1983-1984 Priest-in-Charge at Holy Trinity, Tulse Hill and Parish Priest of St Matthias Upper Tulse Hill. He then became Vicar of the joint benefice of Holy Trinity and St Matthias from 1984-1986. Between 1987 and 1989 he was also Priest-in-Charge of St Saviour Brixton Hill.
He was appointed Bishop for Stepney in 1996, Bishop for Birmingham in 2002 and Archbishop of York in 2005. He is Primate of England and Metropolitan, a member of the House of Lords and a Privy Councillor.
From 1997 to 1999, Dr Sentamu was Adviser to the Stephen Lawrence Judicial Inquiry and he chaired the Damilola Taylor Murder Review, 2002.
He has been the chairman of the NHS Haemoglobinopathy Screening
Programme since 2001. He supported and advised workers affected by the closure of the Rover car plant in Birmingham and campaigned against guns, knives, drugs and gangs throughout the Midlands, after the killings of Charlene Ellis and Letisha Shakespeare and worked hard to ensure that their killers are brought to trial. Between 2002 and 2004 he was Chairman of the EC1 New Deal. He became President of Youth for Christ in 2004 and President of the YMCA in April 2005. Dr Sentamu is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His interests include music, cooking, reading, athletics, rugby and football. He is married to Margaret, and they have two grown-up children, Grace and Geoffrey and two grown-up foster children.
Professor Nigel Biggar
Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology
After reading Modern History at Worcester College, Oxford, Nigel Biggar proceeded to study religion, theology, and ethics in Canada and the USA. On his return to Oxford in 1985 he became Librarian and Research Fellow at Latimer House, and then for most of the 1990s he was Chaplain and Fellow of Oriel College. In 1999 he took the Chair of Theology at the University of Leeds; and in 2004 he moved to the Chair of Theology and Ethics at Trinity College Dublin. He arrived in Christ Church in the autumn of 2007.
His research interests include the formative bearing of religious concepts on moral life; the contribution of religion to the health of liberal societies; the development of a concept of ‘public reason’ that permits the engagement of metaphysically contradictory positions; theories of natural law; the theology and ethics of national identity and loyalty, of forgiveness, of killing (especially in relation to suicide, euthanasia, and war), of military intervention, and of burying the past after civil conflict; the vocation of universities.
His published works include “Religious Voices in Public Places” (2009), “Theology and Atrocity: Just War Doctrine and the Righting of Atrocious Wrongs” in The Religious in Responses to Mass Atrocity, ed. Brudholm and Cushman (CUP, 2009); “Specifying the Meaning: Jesus, the New Testament, and Violence” (2006).
His recreations include reading history, playing cards, making pilgrimage to military cemeteries.
Andrew Dilnot CBE
Principal, St Hugh’s College
Andrew Dilnot has been Principal of St Hugh’s College since October 2002 and Pro Vice Chancellor of Oxford University since 2005. He is an economist and broadcaster. He went to a comprehensive school in Swansea, and then after a PPE degree in Oxford worked for the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London.
He was Director of the Institute from 1991 to 2002. He was the founding presenter of BBC Radio 4’s series on the beauty of numbers, More or Less, and presents television documentaries about the economy for Channel 4. He is the chairman of the Statistics Users Forum of the Royal Statistical Society. He has served on the Social Security Advisory Committee, the National Consumer Council, the Retirement Income Inquiry, the Balance of Central and Local Funding Inquiry, the Rowntree Committee on the future costs of long term care, the Ageing Population Foresight panel, and the Councils of the Royal Economic Society and Queen Mary and Westfield College. He is an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College Oxford, Queen Mary University of London, the Swansea Institute of Higher Education and the Institute of Actuaries, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from City University.
He is passionate about the role and use of statistics, which is the subject of his latest book, ‘The Tiger that isn’t: seeing through a world of numbers’, written with his long-standing colleague Michael Blastland. Rory Bremner said of the book that it ‘makes statistics far, far too interesting’. His main research interests lie in government economic policy and its effects on the distribution of income, labour market behaviour, savings and pensions, and also the control and setting of government budgetary rules and the monitoring of fiscal policy. He was awarded a CBE in 2000 for services to economics and economic policy.
Chief Executive, City of York Council
Kersten is currently Chief Executive of the City of York Council – a post she has held since September 2009.
Kersten began her working life teaching in higher education at Manchester University and the Open University before moving into community development in the voluntary sector in Greater Manchester in the 1980s. In 1990 Kersten began her local government career at Kirklees Council as a management and organisation development officer with additional responsibility for gender equality.
In the past twenty years she has worked for Kirklees Bradford and Calderdale Councils in a variety of roles including Director of Policy and Performance in Bradford and Director of Communities in Calderdale. Kersten also worked for the Government Office for two years as Director of Local Government for Yorkshire and the Humber. Particular highlights of her career to date include bringing one hundred 16 – 19 year olds in as apprentices to Bradford Council; securing the biggest ever single employer Investors In People recognition for Bradford Council; bringing Hull and North East Lincolnshire out of government intervention; building two swimming pools for Calderdale; and being invited with eight others to lunch with the Queen in recognition of her contribution to community relations in Bradford after the riots.
Kersten has children aged between 15 and 25 and in her spare time is an avid walker, runner, cyclist and amateur keeper of hens!
Lord Peter Hennessy
Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History
Peter Hennessy is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History and Director of the Mile End Institute for Contemporary British Government, Intelligence and Society, in Queen Mary University of London.
He has been a journalist and leader writer for the Times, and has written for the Economist, the New Statesman, the Independent and the Tablet. A writer and broadcaster, his publications include “Sources close to the Prime Minister” (1984), “What the papers never said” (1985), “Never Again: Britain 1945- 1951” (1992), “The Hidden Wiring: unearthing the British Constitution” (1995) and more recently “The New Protective State, government, intelligence and terrorism” (2007).
His recreations include reading, music, watching West Ham and searching for the British Constitution.
He has recently become a Crossbench peer as Lord Hennessey of Nympsfield.
Professor Oliver O’Donovan
Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology
Oliver O’Donovan, born in 1945 in London, was educated at University College School, Hampstead, at Balliol College and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and at the University of Princeton. He was ordained an Anglican priest in Oxford in 1972. He was Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology and Canon of Christ Church at the University of Oxford from 1982 to 2006, before which he taught at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (1972-7) and at Wycliffe College in the University of Toronto (1977-82). In 2006 he became Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Edinburgh. He has written on the ethical theory of St Augustine, on the theological basis of moral concepts, on contemporary bioethical dilemmas, on political theology and on the ethics of war. He has served the Church of England as a member of the Board for Society Responsibility, the Doctrine Commission, the Faith and Order Advisory Group and the General Synod.
He is a past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, a Fellow of the British Academy since 2000 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 2007. He is married to Joan Lockwood O’Donovan. They have two sons.
Professor Kate Pickett
Kate Pickett is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Health Sciences. She is a member of the Health Inequalities Research Group and joint author of The Spirit Level: Why more equal societies almost always do better. She is also a National Institute for Health Research Career Scientist and a Fellow of the RSA.
The impact of Professor Pickett’s work is already being felt across the social sciences and beyond. She has been instrumental in launching the Equality Trust, a new organisation, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, dedicated to campaigning for greater social equality, to coincide with the publication of The Spirit Level earlier this year. Backed by the strength of research evidence gathered atYork, the Trust’s ambitious goals are to educate people about inequality, change public opinion and harness political will to bring about a more equal society.
A review in the Sunday Times described The Spirit Level as “a book with a big idea, big enough to change political thinking”. Together with Professor Wilkinson, Professor Pickett’s work was shortlisted for Research Project of the Year in the 2009 Times Higher Education Awards.
Dr Andrew Sentance
Dr Andrew Sentance was formerly an external member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England, appointed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in October 2006 to May 2011. The Monetary Policy Committee is responsible for setting interest rates in the UK to meet the Government’s inflation target.
He is also a part-time Professor of Sustainable Business at the University of Warwick, based at Warwick Business School, and a member of the Commission for Integrated Transport – which provides advice to the Government on transport policy issues.
Before joining the Bank of England, Andrew was Chief Economist and Head of Environmental Affairs at British Airways. He was one of the five senior managers appointed in 2001 to prepare the company’s “Future Size and Shape” turnaround plan.
He joined British Airways in 1998 from London Business School, where he was Director of the Centre for Economic Forecasting. Previous positions held include Head of Economic Policy and Director of Economic Affairs at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). He was a founder member of the Treasury’s Panel of Independent Forecasters – established in 1992 to provide advice to the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Andrew was educated at Eltham College, Cambridge University (Clare College) and the London School of Economics, where he gained his PhD. He holds a visiting professorship at Royal Holloway, University of London and is a Fellow and former Chairman of the Society of Business Economists.
Andrew Sentance is married with two children. His main interest outside work is music, and he plays the piano, organ, guitar and bass guitar.
Professor Peter Smith
Peter C. Smith is Professor of Health Policy, and is co-director of the Centre for Health Policy, at Imperial College London. He is a mathematics graduate from the Universityof Oxford, and started his academic career in the public health department at the Universityof Cambridge. He has worked and published in a number of disciplinary settings, including statistics, operational research and accountancy. However, his main work has been in the economics of health and the broader public services, most recently as the Director of the Centre for Health Economics at the University of York. Peter has acted in numerous governmental advisory capacities, has been a board member of the Audit Commission, and is currently a member of the NHS Cooperation and Competition Panel. He has also advised many overseas governments and international agencies, including the World Health Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Commission and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Current research interests include: health system performance assessment, with a particular focus on international comparison (currently involved with studies for the World Health Organization, the European Commission and the Economic and Social Research Council); economic aspects of the social determinants of health (studies for the World Health Organization and the Department of Health); measuring and improving health system productivity; and health care payment mechanisms. He has published widely on these and related topics, including over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers and ten books.
Julia Unwin CBE
Julia Unwin is Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.
She was a member of the Housing Corporation Board for 10 years and a Charity Commissioner from 1998-2003. Julia was also Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency and worked as an independent consultant operating within government and the voluntary and corporate sectors. In that role, she focused on the development of services and in particular the governance and funding of voluntary organisations. Julia has researched and written extensively on the role, governance and funding of the voluntary sector.
She previously held a position as chair of the Refugee Council from 1995 until 1998, and is now a trustee of York Museums and Gallery Trust and a member of the University of York’s Council.
Justin Welby was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury in 2013. Previously he was Bishop of Durham from June 2011 to December 2012, having been Dean of Liverpool since December 2007. Born in 1956 in London, Justin Welby was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he studied history and law. For 11 years – five in Paris and six in London – he worked in the oil industry, becoming group treasurer of a large British exploration and production company. He focused mainly on West African and North Sea projects. During this period he became a lay leader at Holy Trinity, Brompton in London, having been a council member at St Michael’s Church in Paris.
A major influence both on Justin and his wife Caroline was their experience of personal tragedy. In 1983 their seven-month old daughter died in a car crash in France. Six years later in 1989, after sensing a call from God, Bishop Justin stood down from industry to train for ordination.
He took a theology degree at St John’s College, Durham, in which he focused on ethics – particularly in business. He has since published articles on ethics, international finance and reconciliation. His booklet, ‘Can Companies Sin?’, drawing on his experience in the oil industry, evolved from his dissertation at theological college. He has frequently said that the Roman Catholic approach to Christian social teaching, beginning with the encyclical of Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, up to Pope Benedict XVI’s Caritas Veritate, has greatly influenced his social thinking.
Justin studied Law and History at Cambridge Universityand then spent 11 years in the oil industry based in Paris and London, working on West African (principally Nigerian) and North Sea projects. He ended his oil industry career as Group Treasurer of Enterprise Oil plc, a large UK exploration and production company. During this time he was also a lay leader at Holy Trinity, Brompton in London.
From 1989–1992, Justin studied Theology at St John’s College, Durham, and then spent three years as a Curate in Nuneaton, followed by seven as Rector of Southam, both in the Diocese of Coventry.
In November 2002, Justin became a Canon of Coventry Cathedral. In this capacity, with Canon Andrew White and later by himself, he was responsible for leading Coventry’s international ministry of reconciliation, which included practical direct intervention work in the middle east andAfrica, as well as facilitating a network of peace centres, the Community of the Cross of Nails, with 165 partners in over 25 countries. In his last 18 months inCoventryhe was also Sub Dean. Justin’s main interests in mediation and peace building are in Africa, and especiallyKenya, the DRC andNigeria. He has lectured on reconciliation at the US State Department, and was most recently in Washington DC in October as part of a small group to brief the new US Ambassador to Nigeria.