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Mr Francis Churchill
Position Member of Youth Parliament for South GloucestershireBiography
Francis is the Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) for South Gloucestershire. For as long as he can remember he’s been involved in various groups and projects involving young people. Never one to turn down an opportunity to voice the opinion of young people and continually fighting their corner, he wants to pursue a career in politics. He wants to create real change and see an improvement in people's day to day lives.Francis has taken an interest in attitudes towards the proposal for the Severn Barrage. He has also been involved in the local and national UK Youth Parliament campaign to improve public transport for young people.
Position Top UK Professional SurferBiographyRobyn Sunshine Davies, the UK's number 1 female surfer, is 29 years old and comes from Helford, Cornwall, UK. 5 times British surf champion, Robin has been capped GB 11 times and placed 9th in the world games.
Ms. Kathy Headdon
Organisation Avon and Somerset Police Authority
Position Police Authority member
Organisation Soil Association
Position Director of the Soil AssociationBiographyPatrick Holden has worked for the Soil Association since 1988 and as Director since 1995. During that period income has risen from £200,000 to £8 million, staff from five to 180, sales of organic food from £50 million to £2 billion and the area of organic land from 0.1% to 4% of the UK’s total agricultural land. Patrick is an active organic farmer, a regular broadcaster, speaker and writer on organic food and farming issues. He is Agricultural advisor to the Archers (responsible for Tony and Pat’s conversion) and received the CBE for services to organic farming in January 2005. Brought up in London and as a child visited a dairy farm near Epping aged five and decided he wanted to milk cows. He studied biodynamic agriculture at Emerson College in 1972 and started a community farm in West Wales in 1973, now the longest established organic dairy farm in Wales with a herd of 60 Ayrshire cows. He also grows carrots which are sold in bags with a picture of the farm painted by his daughter and the ‘story’ on the back – he still milks the cows at weekends. Patrick is married with seven children aged 1 to 36 years.
Organisation National Trust
Position Director-General of the National TrustBiographyFiona Reynolds has been Director-General of the National Trust since January 2001. Before taking up the post she was Director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office and was previously Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England) and Secretary to the Council for National Parks. Fiona was involved with the Trust for many years prior to this as a member of the Trust's Council and the Thames and Chilterns regional committee, and she chaired the local committee for Sutton House in Hackney. Fiona was awarded the CBE for services to the environment and conservation in 1998. She is married with three daughters and lives near Cirencester.
Dr Alice Roberts
Organisation University of Bristol
Position Senior Teaching Fellow in AnatomyBiographyDr Alice Roberts is a Senior Teaching Fellow in Anatomy at the University of Bristol. She is committed to public engagement with medicine and science, from outreach to local schools to work in the broadcast media. She appeared as a human bone expert on Channel 4's Time Team and Extreme Archaeology, before going on to write and present the BBC2 series on anatomy and health: Don't Die Young. She is also one of the presenters on BBC2's immensely popular Coast series, where she focused on pieces about science and technology, and human interaction with the environment, from the earliest inhabitants of the British Isles, to contemporary issues of energy generation. She is keen to promote both health and environmental awareness, and believes that we can find combined and synergistic solutions to the medical and environmental challenges facing Britain in the 21st century. She also practices what she preaches, with solar and wood-stove heat generation at home and cycling as her main mode of transport.