Harry Cayton is chief executive of the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, formerly the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence. Harry was previously National Director for Patients and the Public at the Department of Health; and from 1992 to 2003 he was chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society and director of the National Deaf Children’s Society (1981-1992). From 2007-2011 he was chair of the National Information Governance Board for Health & Social Care.
Katie Derham is a presenter on BBC Radio 3’s Afternoon on 3 and Breakfast programmes. As of July 2010 she has also been fronting the coverage of the Proms for BBC Two, and Radio 3 following her move from ITN.
After reading Economics at Magdelene College, Cambridge, Katie started at the BBC as a researcher on Radio 4's Moneybox and Financial World Tonight. After stints on business programmes like Moneycheck on Five Live, Business Breakfast and Working Lunch, she became a reporter on Barry Norman's Film 96 and 97.
In 1998 she joined ITN as the Media and Arts Editor for ITV News and, at the age of 27, became the youngest newscaster on British national television since ITN's creation in 1955. For five years she covered showbiz events around the world and hosted the Classical Brit Awards four times. She then presented ITV Lunchtime News for six years before taking a leading role as an anchor in the coverage of elections, royal weddings and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Richard Eyre worked for ten years in theatre in Leicester, Edinburgh and Nottingham. He was producer of the BBC TV’s Play For Today from 1978 – 1981 and was Director of the National Theatre from 1988 - 1997. Since then his work in the theatre includes and plays and musicals in the West End and on Broadway, and opera at Covent Garden, the Aix-en-Provence festival and the Met. His film and television work includes Comedians, Tumbledown, Suddenly Last Summer, King Lear, Iris, Notes on a Scandal, and Changing Stages, a six-part look at twentieth century theatre. He has published four books, including National Service, a journal of his time at the National Theatre. He has received nuerous awards for theatre, TV and film, and was knighted in 1997.
Colin Ford was the first senior curator of photography in a British national museum or gallery (National Portrait Gallery, London, 1972-82). In 1982, he was the founding head of the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television (now the National Media Museum), Bradford; and in 1992 he became director of the ten National Museums and Galleries of Wales.
He has written over a dozen books on historic photographers – among them Julia Margaret Cameron, ‘Lewis Carroll’, D. O. Hill & Robert Adamson, and André Kertész. The Financial Times reviewer of his most recent exhibition, Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century at the Royal Academy, acclaimed him as ‘one of the few world-class photohistorians in the UK’.
Colin was chairman of the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation until 2010, and is today vice-president of the Julia Margaret Cameron Trust and chairman of the Peel Entertainment Group.
Lady Greengross is chief executive of International Longevity Centre; chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia; chair of the All-Party Group on Corporate Social Responsibility; chair of Intergenerational Futures; president of the Pension Policy Institute; president of the College of Occupational Therapists; patron of the National Network of Clinical Ethics Committees; patron of Age Exchange; global ambassador for Help Age International.
Emma Kirkby’s career has been ground-breaking, ever since, as a schoolteacher and amateur singer, she was invited to perform and record with the pioneers of historically aware performance in Renaissance and Baroque music. Long partnerships followed with British and international ensembles, individual players, and record companies, and now Emma’s voice and style are recognised worldwide.
Of a series of honours the most recent have been a DBE in 2007 and, this year, the Queen’s Medal for Music. Amazed by all this, she is nevertheless glad of the recognition it implies for a way of music-making that values ensemble, clarity and stillness over such things as volume and display; above all she is delighted to see a new generation of singers and players bringing their skills to the endeavour.
Sir Jonathan Miller CBE is a theatre and opera director, author, physician, television presenter, humorist and sculptor. Trained as a physician in the late 1950s, he first came to prominence in the 1960s with his role in the comedy review Beyond the Fringe with fellow writers and performers Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett. Despite having seen few operas and not knowing how to read music, he began stage-directing them in the 1970s and has since become one of the world's leading opera directors with several classic productions to his credit.
Sir Andrew Motion, poet laureate from 1999 to 2009, is professor of creative writing at Royal Holloway, University of London and co-founder and co-director of the Poetry Archive. He is chairman of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council and a member of the Blue Plaques Committee for English Heritage.
Andrew was a member of the Arts Council England, 1996–2000, and chair of its Literature Panel until 2003. Knighted for services to literature in 2009, he was chair of the 2010 Man Booker Prize.
Baroness Neuberger is president of Liberal Judaism, a member of the European Council of Religious Leaders - Religions for Peace and Senior Rabbi of the West London Synagogue. She was chief executive of the King’s Fund, an independent health charity until 2004, and on the Committee on Standards in Public Life, member of the Medical Research Council and of the General Medical Council. Julia Neuberger was chair of the independent Commission on the Future of Volunteering, and the Prime Minister’s Champion for Volunteering from 2007 until June 2009. A former trustee of the Runnymede Trust, the Imperial War Museum, the British Council and Jewish Care, she is founding trustee of the Walter and Liesel Schwab Charitable Trust.
Now on the Board of the Social Market Foundation, she is chair of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board and the One Housing Group and is a Trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation and. In her spare time she likes swimming, gardening, family life, opera and Irish life. Her most recent books are ‘Not Dead Yet – a Manifesto for old age’ (2008) and ‘Is that all there is? Thoughts on the meaning of life and leaving a legacy’ (2011).
Charles Saumarez Smith is a British art historian. He was educated at Marlborough and King’s College, Cambridge, where he was a scholar and got a double first in history and history of art. After graduating, he spent a year at Harvard University as a Henry Fellow studying at the Fogg Art Museum and then returned to the Warburg Institute as a postgraduate student.
In 1979, he was elected Christie’s Research Fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge and, in 1982, he joined the staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum as an Assistant Keeper with special responsibility for V&A/RCA MA in the History of Design. In 1990, he was appointed Head of Research at the Victoria and Albert Museum. In 1994, he was appointed Director of the National Portrait Gallery and, in 2002, Director of the National Gallery.
In 2007, Charles was appointed Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts, where he has concentrated on the renovation of the Keeper’s House and the development of plans for Burlington Gardens in the lead-up to the RA’s 250th. anniversary in 2018, including a major fund-raising campaign and successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. He is a Professor of Cultural History at Queen Mary, University of London and a Trustee of the Prince’s Drawing School, the Public Catalogue Foundation and Charleston. In 2008, Charles was awarded a CBE.
Andrew Wilton is visiting research fellow at Tate Britain, following a distinguished career at the Tate, the British Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts. He was honorary curator of prints and drawings at the Royal Academy of Arts and honorary curator and honorary liveryman of the Painter-Stainers’ Company in 2003; keeper and senior research fellow at the Tate Gallery, 1998–2002, keeper and of Brititish Art (1989-98) and curator of the Turner Collection (1985-89). He is a writer, artist and musician.