Separated child Gulwali Passarlay, who fled Afghanistan aged 12, was chosen to carry Olympic Torch in Bolton, now aged 17.

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Ama Ata Aidoo
, a playwright, poet and novelist, has won many literary awards, including the 1992 Commonwealth Writers Prize for her novel Changes. Her writing particularly deals with the tension between Western and African world views. Many of her protagonists are women who defy stereotypical female roles. Ama Ata has spent a great deal of time lecturing in Africa, Europe and North America.


Lord (Alfred) Dubs has held key positions in local and national government, and in several influential organisations. He was Labour MP (1979—87), Director of the Refugee Council (1988—95) and since 1994 a Labour life peer, Baron Dubs of Battersea. A child refugee fleeing Nazism, he champions the rights of unaccompanied refugee children: he successfully introduced an amendment to the Immigration Act 2016 to offer them safe passage to Britain during the refugee crisis.
 
Dr Anthony Julius is a prominent British lawyer and academic, whose doctorate is in English literature. A highly regarded litigation lawyer, he has acted for many high profile clients. He is currently a senior consultant for the prestigious London law firm Mishcon de Reya, Chair of the London Consortium and Vice-President of the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
 
The Baroness Neuberger DBE is a rabbi and social reformer, and in the period 1997-2004 she was chief executive of the King's Fund. Julia Neuberger was created a life peer in 2004 and in 2007 was appointed chair of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering. Her publications include The Moral State We're In (2005). She became senior rabbi of West London Synagogue in 2011.

Gulwali Passarlay fled Afghanistan, aged 12, and in A Lightless Sky (2015) describes his dangerously difficult journey that separated him from his brother. He committed himself to educational achievement (studying Politics at Manchester University), to campaigning for social justice and to contributing to society. He has received several awards for his courage, determination and positive outlook, and is highly sought-after as a presenter and commentator on the experiences of lone child refugees.

 
Jonathan Ross OBE is a film critic, chat show host and presenter of television and radio. His Queen's Birthday Honour in 2005 was given for services to broadcasting and he has also received awards from the entertainment industry, including BAFTA three times for television entertainment performance and, in 2008, the Sony Gold Award 'Music Radio Personality of the Year'.
 
FOUNDERS
Jonty Hurwitz, formerly a financial entrepreneur, is an engineer, technological innovator and scientifically inspired artist who is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. His anamorphic statues, using Nano technology, are recognised as the smallest human form ever created. Elements of his work focus on the experiences of displacement and refuge.

Sarah Kleiman has been a solicitor for over 25 years. As the General Counsel and Head of Compliance of a large City law firm, she has an obvious interest in professional ethics and regulation. Formerly a member of Standards Committee of the Solicitors Regulation Authority ("SRA"), which advises the SRA on all matters concerning standards of professional conduct, she now chairs the Professional Rules and Regulation Committee of the City of London Law Society.  Her work in the compliance field was recognised when she was given the global Chief Compliance Officer award at the Women in Compliance Awards 2015.
 
TRUSTEES
Sarah Castro MBE has over 20 years’ experience working with charities, local authorities and in social housing in some of the most disadvantaged communities. For 10 years’ she held the strategic lead for community cohesion and health for a leading social housing organisation. She is experienced in mediation and facilitating dialogue, is an Independent Advisor to the Metropolitan Police during critical incidents and acts as an independent observer on high-level operations. She Tweets for 'Separated Child' @separated_child

Mark Friend (Chair) runs multiplatform services for the BBC's radio networks and music output across digital radio, desktop, TV and mobile platforms. Mark is also a Non-Executive Director of North East London NHS Foundation Trust. He previously worked as a management consultant and in business development for media and public service organisations. Mark is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has qualified as an Executive Coach.
 
Angela Gluck has worked as a teacher, lecturer, teacher-trainer, school inspector and curriculum creator, has authored over 40 books on religion, history and education, and broadcasts on these subjects. Much of her professional life has centred around interfaith dialogue and issues related to life in a pluralist society. From 1993 to 2011, she co-directed an educational consultancy specialising in equality and diversity; she is currently a freelance educator, trainer and writer.
 
Michael Marx FCA (Treasurer) is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a former member of the UK Listing Authority Advisory Committee. He was chief executive of Development Securities plc, listed on the London Stock Exchange for 21 years up to July 2015; chair of Nationwide Accident Repair Services plc, listed on AIM for 9 years to May 2015; and a Non-Executive Director of Development Securities plc, now renamed U & I Group plc, until February 2016.
 
Rachel Ouseley (Secretary), having first been a teacher of modern languages, taught children with profound and complex learning difficulties for many years. Now retired, she continues to maintain contacts with her former school as a supply teacher. She also tutors individuals.  
 
 Robin Richardson (Founding Chair) was formerly a director of an consultancy specialising in equality and diversity, the director of the Runnymede Trust and a local authority chief inspector for education. He is the author of many publications on equality and diversity issues, and is a frequent lecturer at national and international conferences. He was drafting editor of Living with Difference, the report of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (2015). 
 
CLUB CLASS YOUTH WORKER
Egerton Gbonda taught Science at Christ the King College (Sierra Leone) after completing a Science and Education degree at the University of Sierra Leone. He worked as a supply teacher in a number of London schools and completed a Master's degree in Refugee Studies at the University of East London. He is experienced in supporting young refugees and asylum seekers in developing life skills, and has worked in Club Class since its inception in 2010.  

VOLUNTEER FACEBOOK EDITOR
Emma Freeman
is a legal secretary, local parish councillor and Digital Champion, giving free computer classes to the over 50s. She helps out with FixTheWeb, assisting companies to make their websites Equality Act compliant and more accessible for disabled users. She builds and maintains several websites and blogs on different topics. She has degrees in French, in Philosophy and Psychological Studies, and in Archaeology.


VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR FOR ARRIVAL PACKS PROJECT 
Ruth Naughton is a Senior Director at a large, international financial institution where she is responsible for client coverage across the Consumer and Healthcare sectors. Ruth has a degree in Economics and Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin.

VOLUNTEER WAREHOUSE MANAGER FOR ARRIVAL PACKS PROJECT
Carole Harris has a MSc degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management. For 21 years she worked for the United Nations in various parts of the world, in a range of contexts and programmes, including development and peace-keeping. She is an active Rotarian.

 

 
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