Tracy Brabin is a British Labour and Co-operative politician who was elected as the first Mayor of West Yorkshire, and the first ever woman Metro Mayor in England, in May 2021. During her campaign, Tracy pledged to create 1,000 skilled jobs for young people, lead a ‘Creative New Deal’ for the region, bring buses back under public control, tackle the climate emergency and build 5,000 affordable and sustainable homes. As Mayor, Tracy also inherits the roles and responsibilities of the former Police and Crime Commissioner. Prior to her election as Mayor, Tracy was the Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen from 2016 until 2021. As MP, she held appointments as Shadow Early Years Minister, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries. Born in Batley, Tracy was an actor and screenwriter prior to entering politics, appearing in several British soap operas and writing for several television series.
Madeleine Bunting is the author of five works of non-fiction and two novels. Her study of the rise and fall of England’s seaside resorts will be published in May 2023; Seaside, England’s Love Affair, exposes a pattern of stark inequality in some of the nation’s most iconic places. In 2020 she published Labours of Love, The Crisis of Care which was shortlisted for the Orwell and Baillie Gifford Prizes; during her research she travelled the country for over 5 years, speaking to charity workers, doctors, social workers, in-home carers, nurses and other caregivers to explore the value and humanity of care. She finds remarkable stories that conjure a different way of imagining our society and the connections between us. For twenty-five years, Madeleine was a journalist and Associate Editor on the Guardian and held a number of positions including columnist 1999-2012. She wrote on a wide range of subjects including politics, social affairs, faith and global development. She was made a Visiting Professor at the LSE's International Inequalities Institute in 2021. www.madeleinebunting.com
Tracey Crouch CBE MP was elected to represent the constituency of Chatham & Aylesford in 2010 with a majority of 6,069 and in doing so became the first Conservative MP for the seat. During the 2010-2015 Parliament, Tracey championed issues ranging from better dementia care, improving alcohol misuse treatment, addressing the problem of high cost credit, better rail services and upgrading our local infrastructure. Tracey was a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee from 2012 to 2015 and a member of the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, and of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee from 2013 to 2015. She was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage in 2015. She was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society from June 2017 to November 2018. Tracey is a keen sports enthusiast and an FA-qualified football coach.
Dame Caroline Dinenage DBE MP has been the Conservative MP for Gosport since 2010. Between 2015-2018 she served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice and Minister for Women and Equalities, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years at the Department for Education and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance at the Department of Work and Pensions. In January 2018 Caroline was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Health & Social Care before moving to Minister of State for Digital and Culture at the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport from February 2020 until September 2021. Caroline is a member of the Women and Equalities Select Committee and, since becoming a back bencher a year ago, she has spent her time campaigning for better outcomes for childhood cancer and has recently launched the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Carers.
Professor Ilora Finlay, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, is a Welsh doctor, professor of palliative medicine, and an Independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords. She is a past president of the Royal Society of Medicine. She is Honorary Professor of Palliative Medicine, Cardiff University School of Medicine, and Consultant in Palliative Medicine at the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff. She established the Marie Curie Hospice in 1987 and is Vice President of Hospice UK and Marie Curie Care. She is Patron of The Trussell Trust's foodbank network in Wales and is a founder and trustee of the think tank, Living and Dying Well. From 2019, Baroness Finlay served as Chair of the Alcohol Harms Commission which published the report It’s Everywhere in 2020 and she was Chair of the National Mental Capacity Forum from 2016 to 2022.
Monty Don OBE is the UK’s leading garden writer and broadcaster. He has been making television programmes for over thirty years and has been lead presenter of the BBC’s Gardeners’ World since 2003. A prolific horticultural journalist, Monty Don was the Observer’s gardening editor from 1994 until 2006. He now contributes a regular column for the Daily Mail and Gardeners’ World Magazine. Monty has written numerous books including bestsellers Nigel: My Family and Other Dogs and Down to Earth. Monty’s most recent books are The Sunday Times Bestseller, My Garden World: the natural year and Venetian Gardens, which like his books Italian, Paradise, Japanese and American Gardens was created with the acclaimed photographer Derry Moore. Monty was president of the Soil Association for 10 years until 2019 and a FAO ambassador in 2020/21. He believes strongly in the value of communities of all kinds (schools, families, and rehabilitation projects) working together through an understanding and love of the land.
Dr Darren Henley CBE is Chief Executive of Arts Council England. His boardroom experience spans arts, media, education, charity and government. Previous roles include managing director of Classic FM and author of two independent government reviews into music education and cultural education. Darren has long been an advocate for the positive impact of public investment in artists, arts organisations, museums and libraries on helping to create happier lives in villages, towns and cities across England. A certified coach, he holds a doctorate exploring the role of the outsider as an agent for change, and degrees in politics, management, history of art, and applied positive psychology. He was appointed OBE in 2013 for services to music and CBE in 2022 for services to the arts.
The Rt Hon. Lord Howarth of Newport CBE was a Member of the House of Commons between 1983 and 2005. He has been Schools Minister, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Higher Education and Science and Minister for Employment, Equal Opportunities and Disabled People. In 2014 he set up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The All-Party Group conducted a 2 year Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing and the Inquiry Report, Creative Health, was launched in the House of Commons in July 2017. He is Co-Chair of the All-Party Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing and Chair of the National Centre for Creative Health.
Professor Sir Michael Marmot has been Professor of Epidemiology at University College London since 1985. He is the author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world, and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health. Professor Marmot is the Advisor to the WHO Director-General, on social determinants of health, in the new WHO Division of Healthier Populations, and is the recipient of the WHO Global Hero Award. At the request of the British Government, he conducted the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010, which published its report 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' in February 2010. This was followed by the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide, for WHO EURO in 2014, and in 2020, Health Equity in England: Marmot Review 10 Years On. In 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities.
Professor Martin Marshall CBE is a GP in Newham, East London and the ex-chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (2019 - 2022). He is also Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL in the Department of Primary Care and Population Health. Previously he was Programme Director for Population Health and Primary Care at UCL Partners (2014-2019), Director of Research & Development at the Health Foundation (2007-2012), Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and Director General in the Department of Health (2006-2007), Professor of General Practice at the University of Manchester (2000-2006) and a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine and was a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission until 2012. Martin has a passionate commitment to the values of the NHS, patient care and ensuring the GP voice is central in a time of great change.
The Rt Hon. Baroness Estelle Morris of Yardley started her career as a teacher in an inner city multiracial comprehensive school where she taught for 18 years. In 1992 she was elected as Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley and in 1997, she was appointed a Minister at the Department for Education and Employment becoming the Secretary of State in the Department of Education and Skills in 2002, followed by 2 years as a Minister at the Department of Culture Media and Sport. Estelle has been a member of the House of Lords since 2005. She has held posts as Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Sunderland, Chair of the Children’s Workforce Development Committee and Chair of the Institute of Effective Education. She helped establish the Association of Education Partnerships and is Chair of the Birmingham Education Partnership. She is a member of the Pinnacle Multi-Academy Trust, trustee of the Poetry Archive, Vice Chair and trustee of the Sunderland AFC Foundation and a Director of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
James Sanderson is Director of Community Health and Personalised Care, Community and Personalised Care Directorate at NHS England where he leads on a range of programmes that are supporting people to have greater choice and control over their health and wellbeing. Programmes include: the delivery of the comprehensive model for personalised care, NHS @home, and the National Palliative and End of Life Care Programme. In community health the NHS’s ambition is to support more people to stay well and independent at home, wherever they call home, so that they can live their best lives. James joined NHS England in November 2015 and was formerly the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer for the Independent Living Fund (ILF). Previously (2019-2022) James was also CEO of The National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP), established by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in 2019 to advance social prescribing across the arts, health, sports, leisure, and the natural environment, alongside other aspects of our lives.
Rob Webster CBE is Chief Executive of the NHS West Yorkshire Integrated Care Board and has led the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership, an integrated care system (ICS), since 2016. In 2021, the HSJ awarded the Partnership the award for ICS of the year. Rob was Chief Executive of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust between 2016 and 2021. Rob has worked in healthcare since 1990, taking on national leadership roles in the Department of Health on policy, transformation, and delivery. He has been a director for both the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit in the Cabinet Office and a national public/private partnership. Rob contributes to several national programmes including the New Hospital Programme Board and Health Devolution Commission. In 2020 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). He is a visiting Professor at Leeds Beckett University, a Fellow of the Queen’s Nursing Institute and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Alice Wiseman has been Director of Public Health in Gateshead since May 2016 and registered with the UK Public Health Register since December 2009. Alice is passionate about improving health and well-being with a particular focus on tackling the unacceptable inequalities faced by some communities. Alice now has a contract with the Clinical Research Network for half a day a week. Research priorities in Gateshead have focussed on opportunities to gain a better understanding of the lived experience of and impact of Government policy on people in some of the most disadvantaged communities. Alice has recently been elected to the Board of the Association of Directors of Public Health and is also one of the Director of Public Health leads for addiction and inequality.
Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey OBE is an independent Crossbench member of the House of Lords where she works on legislation to eliminate modern slavery, having founded the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Ethics and Sustainability in Fashion, and Sport, Modern Slavery and Human Rights. She is Co-Chair of the Foundation for Future London and Chancellor of the University of Nottingham. Lola is a former actor, professor of Cultural Studies, and Head of Culture at the Greater London Authority. Lola has written and broadcast extensively on a wide range of cultural issues and has served on the boards of several national cultural organisations including the National Theatre and the Southbank Centre, as well serving as a Commissioner for Historic England. She was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2020 and has Chaired the Caine Prize for African Writing, the Orange Prize for Women’s Fiction, and the Man Booker Prize.