Advisory Council members

Advisory Council members

Introduction

Our grant-making is guided by a council of leading specialists in their fields.

They provide subject and sector expertise to monitor emerging issues, develop new annual themes, select new Fellows and promote their ideas and activities.

Members of our Advisory Council

Advisory Council ChairLucy Parker CF

Lucy Parker is a Churchill Fellow and has more than 20 years’ experience as a strategic advisor with global companies across a range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, engineering, retail and telecoms. She heads up the Business & Society practice for the Brunswick Group, which advises companies on critical issues for critical stakeholders. She led the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Talent and Enterprise in 2008-2010, where the flagship initiative was The Prime Minister’s Global Fellowship taking young people to experience the global economy first-hand.

Advisory Council memberMarina Brounger

Marina Brounger is a trustee of the John Lyon Foundation, a governor of Harrow School and an adviser to Churchill Heritage. Previously she was a barrister specialising in criminal law.

Advisory Council memberElizabeth Buchanan CVO FRAgS

Elizabeth Buchanan is a non-executive director of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. She is a trustee of The Prince’s Countryside Fund and a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. An organic beef farmer in East Sussex, Elizabeth is a special advisor to Waitrose, McDonald’s and Saputo and sits on the BBC’s Rural Affairs Committee.

Advisory Council memberNicholas Danziger CF

Nick Danziger is a Churchill Fellow and renowned photojournalist specialising in global issues. He has won numerous documentary and photography awards, including the Prix Italia for a BBC film and a World Press 1st prize. He has published and exhibited photography worldwide and leads trainings in visual media, human rights and advocacy across the world. Nick’s work is held by many museums and has won the Royal Geographical Society's Ness Award.

Advisory Council memberClaire Dove CBE DL

Claire Dove is the Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector. She is a passionate champion of the social enterprise movement and has served two terms as chair of Social Enterprise UK. Claire previously led the Blackburne House Group in Liverpool, a training centre renowned for its offering of educational and training opportunities for women, which she grew into an award-winning social business. Claire has received many awards for her role within the enterprise sector, including an MBE, OBE, CBE and the Queen’s Lifetime Achievement Award for enterprise promotion.

Advisory Council memberProfessor Carlene Firmin MBE CF

Dr Carlene Firmin is a Churchill Fellow and a Professor of Social Work at Durham University. In 2016 she published the Contextual Safeguarding framework, a term coined by Carlene in 2014. This framework has been used to advance policy and research concerned with safeguarding adolescents in the UK and internationally, and has led to changes in social care responses to extra-familial abuse. In 2011 Carlene became the youngest Black woman to receive an MBE, for her seminal work on gang-affected young women in the UK.

Advisory Council memberProfessor Paul Greenhalgh

Professor Paul Greenhalgh is Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, where he is also Professor of Art History and Museum Strategy. A historian, writer, curator and manager in the visual arts, Paul has been Head of Research at the V&A Museum and a tutor at the Royal College of Art, University College Cardiff and Camberwell College of Art.

Advisory Council memberBaroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE CF

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is a Churchill Fellow, a Paralympic athlete and cross-bench peer in the House of Lords. She competed in five Paralympic Games, winning 11 gold medals, 4 silver and 1 bronze. In 2005 she was awarded a DBE for services to sport. She has been a board member of the London Marathon, the Sportsaid Foundation, and Transport for London. She is currently a board member of the BBC, the London Legacy Development Corporation and is chair of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and of our partners ukactive.

Advisory Council memberProfessor Charles Hinds

Professor Charles Hinds was Director of the Intensive Unit at Barts Hospital, London, and is a past President of the Intensive Care Society. His research focuses on the genomics of sepsis (and recently COVID-19), establishing and leading the UK Critical Care Genomics Group. Charles is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and the UK Intensive Care Society and was recently awarded the Gold Medal of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

Advisory Council memberPat Hughes

Pat Hughes is a consultant in nursing, health and development and a former Chair of Council of the Royal College of Nursing. Pat has many years of experience working with national and international organizations including the World Health Organisation and the UN Refugee Agency. She has led development and education projects across Africa and South-East Asia as well as the health professionals programme for the global charity C3 Collaborating for Health, aimed at preventing non-communicable diseases.

Advisory Council memberProfessor Peter Liss CBE FRS

Emeritus Professor Peter Liss, CBE is an environmental scientist at the University of East Anglia. A pioneer in the field of global biogeochemical cycles, he chairs several scientific committees, was a member of DEFRA’s Science Advisory Council and a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. He has been Executive Director of the International Science Council. Peter was awarded the Challenger Society Medal and the John Jeyes Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Advisory Council memberJuliet Lyon CBE

Juliet Lyon chairs the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody and is a visiting professor in the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London. She was formerly director of the Prison Reform Trust, director general of Penal Reform International and a Women’s National Commissioner. Working across mental health and education, she has headed a school psychiatric unit, directed community education in a comprehensive school and managed therapeutic communities. Juliet was a founding advisor to ChildLine.

Advisory Council memberKate Organ CF

Kate Organ’s experience in the cultural sector has spanned work as a theatre practitioner to policy and management across a breadth of artforms and contexts nationally. She is a champion of arts practice by and for communities that have least access to mainstream arts. She was the Baring Foundation’s Arts Adviser, focusing on their programme for Arts and Older People.

Advisory Council memberFlora Soames

Flora Soames is a design consultant, named as one of the UK’s top House & Garden 100 interior designers. She was the Creative Director of Talisman, and in running her various UK enterprises, a champion for British and traditional craftsmanship.

Advisory Council memberAndrew Trotman

Andrew Trotman is a former headteacher of four schools and a specialist in leadership development in the education sector. He is an educational adviser for The Clergy Support Trust and an accredited associate of the Association of Education Advisers.

Advisory Council memberSteve Tyler

Steve Tyler is Director of Assistive Technology and Transformation at the charity Leonard Cheshire. He has a history of developing sustainable and life-changing products around accessibility for disabled people, including leading the team that developed synthetic speech, which led to the voice of Amazon’s Alexa. Steve now collaborates with key players in the technology market as part of the Google Accessibility Strategy Board, the Microsoft accessibility steering group and as a programme lead for the annual M-Enabling Summit held in Washington, DC.

Advisory Council memberKai Wooder CF

Kai Wooder is a Churchill Fellow and the Director of Enterprise at The Rank Foundation, a community-focused grant-maker. Her previous roles were in the youth and community sector and she has led a social enterprise. Kai is a past tutor with the YMCA George Williams College, an Action Learning Set Facilitator, and founder of the LGBTQ+ youth group Work it Out in Merseyside.

“The Churchill Fellowship is unique: it backs the individual and their potential whatever their passion and expertise." – Lucy Parker, Chair of the Advisory Council

Members of our Advisory Council

Advisory Council ChairLucy Parker CF

Lucy Parker is a Churchill Fellow and has more than 20 years’ experience as a strategic advisor with global companies across a range of sectors including pharmaceuticals, engineering, retail and telecoms. She heads up the Business & Society practice for the Brunswick Group, which advises companies on critical issues for critical stakeholders. She led the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Talent and Enterprise in 2008-2010, where the flagship initiative was The Prime Minister’s Global Fellowship taking young people to experience the global economy first-hand.

Advisory Council memberMarina Brounger

Marina Brounger is a trustee of the John Lyon Foundation, a governor of Harrow School and an adviser to Churchill Heritage. Previously she was a barrister specialising in criminal law.

Advisory Council memberElizabeth Buchanan CVO FRAgS

Elizabeth Buchanan is a non-executive director of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. She is a trustee of The Prince’s Countryside Fund and a Senior Associate of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. An organic beef farmer in East Sussex, Elizabeth is a special advisor to Waitrose, McDonald’s and Saputo and sits on the BBC’s Rural Affairs Committee.

Advisory Council memberNicholas Danziger CF

Nick Danziger is a Churchill Fellow and renowned photojournalist specialising in global issues. He has won numerous documentary and photography awards, including the Prix Italia for a BBC film and a World Press 1st prize. He has published and exhibited photography worldwide and leads trainings in visual media, human rights and advocacy across the world. Nick’s work is held by many museums and has won the Royal Geographical Society's Ness Award.

Advisory Council memberClaire Dove CBE DL

Claire Dove is the Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector. She is a passionate champion of the social enterprise movement and has served two terms as chair of Social Enterprise UK. Claire previously led the Blackburne House Group in Liverpool, a training centre renowned for its offering of educational and training opportunities for women, which she grew into an award-winning social business. Claire has received many awards for her role within the enterprise sector, including an MBE, OBE, CBE and the Queen’s Lifetime Achievement Award for enterprise promotion.

Advisory Council memberProfessor Carlene Firmin MBE CF

Dr Carlene Firmin is a Churchill Fellow and a Professor of Social Work at Durham University. In 2016 she published the Contextual Safeguarding framework, a term coined by Carlene in 2014. This framework has been used to advance policy and research concerned with safeguarding adolescents in the UK and internationally, and has led to changes in social care responses to extra-familial abuse. In 2011 Carlene became the youngest Black woman to receive an MBE, for her seminal work on gang-affected young women in the UK.

Advisory Council memberProfessor Paul Greenhalgh

Professor Paul Greenhalgh is Director of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, where he is also Professor of Art History and Museum Strategy. A historian, writer, curator and manager in the visual arts, Paul has been Head of Research at the V&A Museum and a tutor at the Royal College of Art, University College Cardiff and Camberwell College of Art.

Advisory Council memberBaroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE CF

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is a Churchill Fellow, a Paralympic athlete and cross-bench peer in the House of Lords. She competed in five Paralympic Games, winning 11 gold medals, 4 silver and 1 bronze. In 2005 she was awarded a DBE for services to sport. She has been a board member of the London Marathon, the Sportsaid Foundation, and Transport for London. She is currently a board member of the BBC, the London Legacy Development Corporation and is chair of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and of our partners ukactive.

Advisory Council memberProfessor Charles Hinds

Professor Charles Hinds was Director of the Intensive Unit at Barts Hospital, London, and is a past President of the Intensive Care Society. His research focuses on the genomics of sepsis (and recently COVID-19), establishing and leading the UK Critical Care Genomics Group. Charles is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine and the UK Intensive Care Society and was recently awarded the Gold Medal of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

Advisory Council memberPat Hughes

Pat Hughes is a consultant in nursing, health and development and a former Chair of Council of the Royal College of Nursing. Pat has many years of experience working with national and international organizations including the World Health Organisation and the UN Refugee Agency. She has led development and education projects across Africa and South-East Asia as well as the health professionals programme for the global charity C3 Collaborating for Health, aimed at preventing non-communicable diseases.

Advisory Council memberProfessor Peter Liss CBE FRS

Emeritus Professor Peter Liss, CBE is an environmental scientist at the University of East Anglia. A pioneer in the field of global biogeochemical cycles, he chairs several scientific committees, was a member of DEFRA’s Science Advisory Council and a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. He has been Executive Director of the International Science Council. Peter was awarded the Challenger Society Medal and the John Jeyes Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Advisory Council memberJuliet Lyon CBE

Juliet Lyon chairs the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody and is a visiting professor in the School of Law at Birkbeck, University of London. She was formerly director of the Prison Reform Trust, director general of Penal Reform International and a Women’s National Commissioner. Working across mental health and education, she has headed a school psychiatric unit, directed community education in a comprehensive school and managed therapeutic communities. Juliet was a founding advisor to ChildLine.

Advisory Council memberKate Organ CF

Kate Organ’s experience in the cultural sector has spanned work as a theatre practitioner to policy and management across a breadth of artforms and contexts nationally. She is a champion of arts practice by and for communities that have least access to mainstream arts. She was the Baring Foundation’s Arts Adviser, focusing on their programme for Arts and Older People.

Advisory Council memberFlora Soames

Flora Soames is a design consultant, named as one of the UK’s top House & Garden 100 interior designers. She was the Creative Director of Talisman, and in running her various UK enterprises, a champion for British and traditional craftsmanship.

Advisory Council memberAndrew Trotman

Andrew Trotman is a former headteacher of four schools and a specialist in leadership development in the education sector. He is an educational adviser for The Clergy Support Trust and an accredited associate of the Association of Education Advisers.

Advisory Council memberSteve Tyler

Steve Tyler is Director of Assistive Technology and Transformation at the charity Leonard Cheshire. He has a history of developing sustainable and life-changing products around accessibility for disabled people, including leading the team that developed synthetic speech, which led to the voice of Amazon’s Alexa. Steve now collaborates with key players in the technology market as part of the Google Accessibility Strategy Board, the Microsoft accessibility steering group and as a programme lead for the annual M-Enabling Summit held in Washington, DC.

Advisory Council memberKai Wooder CF

Kai Wooder is a Churchill Fellow and the Director of Enterprise at The Rank Foundation, a community-focused grant-maker. Her previous roles were in the youth and community sector and she has led a social enterprise. Kai is a past tutor with the YMCA George Williams College, an Action Learning Set Facilitator, and founder of the LGBTQ+ youth group Work it Out in Merseyside.

“The Churchill Fellowship is unique: it backs the individual and their potential whatever their passion and expertise." – Lucy Parker, Chair of the Advisory Council