Patron (Latin: patronus) defender, protector, advocate. Meaning
"one who advances the cause".
Local Children's Universities can also have Patrons: a
figurehead who locally advances the cause through good-will,
influence and brokerage. Patrons can influence politically,
financially as well as in certain curriculum and learning areas,
such as museums, galleries, Further and Higher Education
Patrons can by name and nature raise the profile of the
Children's University in their own field and beyond. We are
privileged to enjoy the support and encouragement of our patrons as
Dr Keith Bartley retired in July 2013, having been the Chief
Executive for the Department for Education and Child Development in
Dr James Bradburne is a British-Canadian architect, designer and
museum specialist who has designed World's Fair pavilions, science
centres and international art exhibitions.
Shami Chakrabarti has been Director of Liberty (The National
Council for Civil Liberties) since September 2003. Shami first
joined Liberty as In-House Counsel on 10 September 2001. She became
heavily involved in its engagement with the "War on Terror" and
with the defense and promotion of human rights values in
Parliament, the Courts and wider society.
Robert Balchin, The Lord Lingfield is Pro-Chancellor of Brunel
University. He is the Knight Principal of the Imperial Society of
Knights Bachelor (Chairman of the Knights' Council). He was
knighted for services to education in January 1993.
Robert Muchamore was born in Islington in 1972 and continues to
live in North London. After spending thirteen years working as a
private investigator, he decided to start writing the CHERUB series
following his nephew's complaints about the lack of anything for
them to read.
David Puttnam spent thirty years as an independent producer of
award-winning films including The Mission, The Killing Fields,
Local Hero, Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, Bugsy Malone and
Memphis Belle. His films have won ten Oscars, 25 Baftas and the
Palme D'Or at Cannes.
Hilary Robinson is an author, radio producer, broadcaster and
feature writer. She was born in Devon and brought up in Nigeria and
England. The author of over forty books for children she is best
known for Mixed Up Fairy Tales. Her books have been translated into
a number of languages and are sold across the world. She lives and
works in London and Yorkshire.
Tessa was a Trustee of the CU Trust from 2006 to 2011.
Widely regarded as one of the most creative musicians of his
generation and now leading England's In Harmony programme, Julian
Lloyd Webber won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music when
he was sixteen and completed his studies in Geneva with the
renowned French cellist, Pierre Fournier. Since then he has
collaborated with an extraordinary array of musicians from Yehudi
Menuhin, Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Georg Solti to Elton
John and Stephane Grappelli.
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