Patrons

Lord Clarke of Hampstead

Anthony James Clarke was the Deputy General Secretary of the Union of Communication Workers (UCW) from 1981 to 1993. He was also a member of the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee from 1983 to 1993, and served as Chairman of the Labour Party from 1992 to 1993. Clarke became a life peer in 1998, as Baron Clarke of Hampstead, London Borough of Camden.

Lord Clarke started work in 1946 at the age of 14 as a Telegram Boy before becoming a full-time official of the Union of Postal Workers in 1979.

Baroness Hayter

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town is Vice Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse. She was the first Director of Alcohol Concern, and has previously been Chief Executive of the Pelican Cancer Centre, the European Parliamentary Labour Party, and the Fabian Society; and Director of Corporate Affairs at the Wellcome Trust. Baroness Hayter has chaired several bodies including the Property Standards Board and the Legal Services Consumer Panel, and is now the Shadow Minister in the Lords for Consumers, and for the Cabinet Office.

Lord Ramsbotham

Lord Ramsbotham was commissioned into the Rifle Brigade, later the Royal Green Jackets, on coming down from Cambridge in 1957. He retired from the Army in 1993, in the rank of General.

Between then and 1995 he chaired the Hillingdon NHS Hospital Trust, and worked for a Private Security Company on post-conflict reconstruction including demining.

From 1995 to 2001 he was HM Chief Inspector of Prisons during which period he published a thematic review entitled ‘Patient or Prisoner?’ recommending that responsibility for prison healthcare should be taken over by the NHS, which was achieved in 2003.

He was appointed a crossbench member of the House of Lords in May 2005, where he focuses on all aspects of penal reform.

Tracey Crouch MP

Born in 1975, Tracey grew up and was educated in Kent. Tracey studied Law at The University of Hull and after graduating worked as a researcher to a Conservative MP.

After two years of working in Parliament for various MPs including Michael Howard, Tracey left to work as a political consultant. In 2003, Tracey was asked to return to Parliament to become Chief of Staff to the Shadow Education Secretary Damian Green, before moving to become Chief of Staff to Shadow Home Secretary David Davis shortly after. Having seen David Davis’ majority treble in the 2005 General Election, Tracey once again left Parliament to work in the City for insurance giant Norwich Union and its FTSE parent Aviva.

Tracey was selected for Chatham & Aylesford in November 2006 and became the Member of Parliament there in the 2010 General Elections.

In 2012 Tracey was elected as a committee member of the Culture, Media & Sport Select Committee, and in 2013 she was elected as a member of the Political & Constitutional Reform Select Committee. She is Chairman of the All Party Alcohol Misuse Group and Vice Chairman of the All Party Groups for Dementia and Women in Sport. Tracey is also a member of the Women in Sport Advisory Board set up by the Secretary of State Maria Miller and in May 2015, Tracey was appointed Minister for Sports and Tourism.