Patrons

President: Peter Sutherland KCMG

Lord Ezra
Currently chairman of Micropower ltd, Lord Ezra spent over thirty years at the National Coal Board, and was its Chairman from 1971-82. Since then he has been Chair of the Energy and Technical Services Group, Director of Aran Energy and held a number of other top positions in the energy industry. He was a member of the International Advisory Boards of the Banca del Lavoro and the Creditanstalt Bankverein as well as South African energy companies.

Sir Michael Franklin
After various positions in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Cabinet Office Sir Michael Franklin became Under-Secretary at MAFF. After a period working in Brussels, first as Deputy Director General for Agriculture then as Deputy Secretary to the Head of the European Secretariat, Sir Franklin returned to London as Permanent Secretary at the Department of Trade and then at MAFF. Since then he has held board-level positions in a number of private companies. He was a council member for the Royal Institute of International Relations and the International Policy Council on Agriculture, Food and Trade among others. He has written on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne MEP
Baroness Nicholson was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the South East region of England in June 1999 and takes the Liberal Democrat Whip. She serves as Vice President of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Defence and Security Policy and is Rapporteur for Iraq and Romania. She is a member of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Equal Opportunities and sits on two EU delegations. Baroness Nicholson previously served as a Member of the House of Commons and was Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party for four years. Her NGO work includes Trusteeship of the Booker Prize for English fiction literature. Baroness Nicholson has been appointed as first Special Envoy for the World Health Organisation to work on peace, health and development in the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region.

Lord Plumb of Coleshill
Lord Plumb continues to have a distinguished career in British agriculture and European politics. A Conservative Member of the European Parliament from 1979 to 1999 and the only British President of the European Parliament (1987 – 1990) since direct elections were held in 1979. Lord Plumb has also been Chairman of the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee; Chairman of the European Democratic Group; Leader of the Conservative delegation in Europe; Co-President of the EU-ACP Joint Parliamentary Assembly; and has been a full member of the Environment, Agriculture and Development committees of the European Parliament.

Carole Tongue
Carole Tongue was, from 1984-1999, a Member of the European Parliament serving on various committees and was the Parliament’s spokeswoman on the European Car Industry and on Public Service Broadcasting. Carole Tongue is now a consultant at Citigate Public Affairs. She is also a Visiting Professor at the London Institute. She is a consultant to a film production company and a member of an EU High Level Group in Cultural Diversity in the Audiovisual Sector. She was recently appointed to serve on the Professional Conduct Committee of the General Medical Council.

Sir Brian Urquhart
Much of Sir Brian Urquhart’s life has been spent in and around the United Nations system – experience which accounts for his international stature and visibility in current debates over the future of the United Nations and the role of UN security forces in the post-Cold War era. After working in intelligence during World War II, he served as a personal assistant to Gladwyn Jebb, who established the preparatory commission of the United Nations in London. He was personal assistant to the first Secretary-General and subsequently worked on peaceful uses of atomic energy, the Congo crisis in the early 1960s, and peacekeeping. Sir Brian Urquhart became one of the principal political advisors of the Secretary-General, and served as the Under-Secretary-General for Special Political Affairs. Today he has become a central figure in the dialogue over renewing the United Nations system. He is currently a scholar in residence at the Ford Foundation.