Baroness Afshar of Heslington

Haleh Afshar, Baroness Afshar OBE, (born 1944) is a Professor in Politics and Women's Studies at the University of York and Visiting Professor of Islamic Law at the Faculté Internationale de Droit Comparé. Of Iranian origin, she worked as a journalist before and after her initial studies at York, where she returned after receiving her PhD from Cambridge University. Afshar serves on several bodies, notably the British Council and the United Nations Association, of which she is Honorary President of International Services. She was appointed to the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours list of June 2005. On October 18, 2007 it was announced that she would be created a baroness and join the House of Lords as a cross-bench (non-party political) peer. She was formally introduced into the House of Lords on December 11, 2007, as Baroness Afshar of Heslington in the County of North Yorkshire.

Baroness Amos

Currently Director of SOAS, University of London, Valerie Amos served as Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN from 2010-2015. Baroness Amos served in a number of roles in the public sector including in local government and as Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission. She was an adviser to the Mandela Government on leadership and change management issues and was appointed a Labour Life Peer in 1997. Baroness Amos went on to become the first black woman to sit in the British cabinet as Secretary of State for International Development. She became Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council in October 2003 and served as UK High Commissioner to Australia before joining the UN.

Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran has a distinguished career in the field of Gynaecology and Obstetrics.  He is President of both the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FIGO) and the British Medical Association (2013-14) and is Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St. George’s, University of London.  He was President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists between 2007 and 2010.  He is a Fellow of the Singapore College of O&G (FCOGS) and a recipient of the Honorary Fellowships of FSOGC (Canada), FACOG (America), FSCOG (Sri Lanka), FICOG (India), FCPS (Pakistan), FANZCOG (Australia & New Zealand), FDGGG (Germany) and FSACOG (South Africa).  He is Editor in Chief of Best Practice & Research in Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology.  In June 2009 he was made Knight Bachelor in recognition of Services to Medicine in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Kathy Lette

Kathy Lette, a supporter of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, divides her time between being a full time writer and mother. After several years as a singer with the Salami Sisters, and working as a newspaper columnist in Sydney and New York and a television sitcom writer for Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles, her ten novels became international best-sellers. Through witty wordplay, Kathy's satires on the sex war touch on real issues - from exploring how young Australian girls allowed themselves to be treated as human handbags by their boyfriends to marriage, infidelity and childbirth. Her quips persuade us that for the female of the species it's probably a case of laugh or die, especially when thinking of the horrors of the Pudding Club.

Baroness Massey of Darwen

A former teacher and education advisor, Baroness Doreen Massey was the Director of the Family Planning Association from 1989 to 1994. She was made a Life Peer of Darwen in the County of Lancashire in 1999 and has worked in the House of Lords as member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated and Complementary Healthcare. She is a very active member of the House of Lords and has focused keenly on the Children and Young Persons Bill.

Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson is one of the most respected actors of her generation.  Having studied at RADA, she started her stage career in the early 1980s with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Her television career took off when she appeared in the popular TV serialisation of Catherine Cookson’s novels, The Mallens.  Juliet made her name in films in 1991 playing Nina opposite Alan Rickman in Truly, Madly, Deeply, a performance that won her the Evening Standard Film Award for Best Actress.  Other accolades include the Laurence Olivier Best Actress Award, for Death and the Maiden, plus a BAFTA nomination for The Politician’s Wife.  One of her most high profile roles was in Bend it Like Beckham.  Juliet was awarded a CBE in 1999. A committed supporter of women’s issues and rights, Juliet became a Patron of Women and Children First in March 2011.

Surina Narula

Surina Narula has devoted almost two decades to highlight the plight of street children globally. An MBA and a Master’s in Social Anthropology at University College London, she has raised large funds for charitable causes through numerous high profile events. Combining her commitment to street children with her passion for the arts.  A recipient of several awards for her philanthropic work, she was commended for The Beacon Prize for her contribution to charitable and social causes in 2003. Surina was honoured with the Asian of the Year Award in 2005 and with an MBE in 2008.