People

CHAMP is very fortunate to have a wide range of Co-Chairs and Patrons across both Houses of Parliament, the Houses of the Oireachtas and in the business community. We are proud to have such a fantastic and diverse group of advocates for our work.

 

Our Co-Chairs

Baroness Blood MBE

Baroness Blood MBE

Baroness Blood was born in Belfast and has lived for the past 30 years in the Shankill area of West Belfast. For 39 years she worked in a local mill as a cutter were she became an active trade unionist. Throughout her entire working life she has been a passionate advocate for those living with the effects of poverty, particularly in relation to housing, unemployment and early years education. She is a founder member of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and also a member of the Coalition Talks Team for the duration of the Multi-Party Peace Talks, which resulted in the Good Friday Agreement.

Baroness O'Cathain OBE

Baroness O'Cathain OBE

Born in Ireland, Baroness O'Cathain has had a distinguished career in business, serving as Non-Executive Director of Midland Bank, Tesco and British Airways. Since joining the House of Lords in 1991, she has played a very active role in political and public life, serving on the European Union Committee, the Constitution Committee and the Economic Affairs Committee. She takes an interest in business, industry, the economy and Northern Irish affairs, as well as British-Irish relations more generally. Baroness O'Cathain is a powerful advocate of the Northern Irish Peace Process and has worked to advance peace and reconciliation.

Lord Dubs

Lord Dubs

Born in Prague, Lord Dubs was one of thousands of children rescued from Europe and brought to the UK during the Kindertransport. He received a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and later went on to be the MP for Battersea South and then Battersea from 1979-87. During his career he worked as a Local Government officer, and served as the Director of the Refugee Council. Following his appointment to the House of Lords in 1994, Lords Dubs has served on a number of committees with a range of interests. He served as a Minister in the Northern Ireland Office from 1997 - 1999.

Baroness Harris of Richmond DL

Baroness Harris of Richmond DL

Baroness Harris was a member of North Yorkshire County Council from 1981 to 2001, and was the first woman to chair the authority in 1991. She was also Chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority from 1994 to 2001, and formerly served as a Justice of the Peace. Since 1994, she serves as Deputy Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, and in 1996 she became a member of the Court of the University of York. A Former Deputy Chair of the Association of Police Authorities, Baroness Harris has a particular interest in policing and has also served as Deputy Speaker and Deputy Chair of Committees in the House of Lords.

Our Patrons

Lord Alderdice
Rt Hon Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville CH
Rt Hon Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE
Rt Rev Lord Eames of Armagh OM
Senator Frank Feighan
His Excellency The Ambassador of Ireland, Daniel Mulhall
John Kennedy CBE, KSG, KMCO, DL
Rt Hon Lord Mandelson
Conor McGinn MP, Chair of Ireland & Irish In Britain APPG
David Montgomery
Rt Hon Lord Hain
Rt Hon Lord Reid of Cardowan
Lord Smith Of Clifton
Rt Hon Shaun Woodward
Lord Bew
Viscount Brookeborough DL
Baroness Doocey OBE
Lord Empey Kt, OBE
Dame Joan Harbison DBE
Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle CBE, LL
Lord Kennedy Of Southwark
Joe McHugh TD
Rt Hon Lord Murphy of Torfaen
Baroness O'Loan DBE
Lord Rana MBE
Rt Hon Lord Shutt of Greetland OBE
Rt Hon Lord Trimble
Mary Heaney
Lord Watts
Vernon Coaker MP
Feargal Sharkey
Ian Paisley MP
Alasdair McDonnell MP
Danny Kinahan MP
Jarlath Burns
Dr Terry Cross OBE

Our Team

James Winston, Director

James Winston, Director

James is a founding member of CHAMP. He has organised CHAMP's prestigious St Patrick's Day events and works with Political Parties to hold the CHAMP Ulster Fry breakfast event during Party Conference season. He can be contacted on jwinston@btconnect.com.

Josh Stephens, Deputy Director

Josh Stephens, Deputy Director

Josh joined CHAMP as Deputy Director in 2016. He has operational responsibility and helps organise CHAMP's events, working with the Co-Chairs and Patrons. Josh previously worked in the House of Commons. He can be contacted on josh_stephens@live.com.

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