Mrs Anne Lonsdale CBE, MA, CARA Chair, was President of New Hall (now Murray Edwards College), Cambridge University from 1996 - 2008. She was also Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1998 - 2003 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor 1998 - 2008. She is now Deputy High Steward of the University. From 2010 - 2012 she was simultaneously Founding Provost of Nazarbayev University, Astana, Kazakhstan. She studied Classics and Chinese Language and Literature at Oxford and later taught Chinese Literature there. She became a university administrator in Oxford and then Secretary-General of the Central European University in Budapest, Prague and Warsaw until 1996. She has particular interests in human rights and environmental issues and in Higher Education worldwide, with university experience in Europe, North America, China, Africa and the Middle East. She is a Trustee of the European Humanities University exiled in Vilnius (founded in Belarus and expelled by President Lukashenko in 2004), and of Nazarbayev University. She has Honorary degrees from Tashkent Oriental Studies University and Liverpool Hope University, and is an Officier des Palmes Academiques and a Cavaliere Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana.
Dr Frances Dow CBE, Honorary Secretary, is an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University, where she was a Vice Principal until December 2003. Since then she has held a number of public appointments in the fields of education, immigration and healthcare. From 2003 to 2008 she was a member of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence, from 2003 to 2011 a Trustee of the Immigration Advisory Service, and from 2005 to 2012 a member of the governing body of Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. From 2007 to 2011 she chaired the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1986 and of the Royal Society of Arts in 2008.
Mr David Ure, Honorary Treasurer, retired from Reuters Group after a 36-year career, including a decade on the main Board. He was also Chairman of the Group's charity arm, the Reuter Foundation. He has since served as a non-executive chairman or director of several companies. He is now a trustee of a number of charities.
Professor Philip Begg is Head of Academic Innovation, Research and Education at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, one of Europe’s largest Acute Hospital and a major trauma centre. It is also the main receiving hospital for the British Armed Forces and home to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. He is heading up the Trust’s Academic development, expanding and developing research within the organisation in collaboration with national and international partners, and will be developing more partnerships internationally for the Trust. Professor Begg is also Professor of Clinical Science at the University of Kentucky, USA. He joined CARA’s Council in 2007.
Professor Sir Robert Boyd served as Principal of the St. George's Hospital Medical School, University of London (1996-2003) where he was also Professor of Paediatrics. Other posts include Pro Vice Chancellor of Medicine and Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of London, and Dean of the University of Manchester Medical School. He is currently Chair of the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales and Director of NHS R&D for Greater Manchester.
Professor Paul Broda was Professor of Applied Molecular Biology at the University of Manchester Institute for Science and Technology (UMIST) and, until recently, a trustee of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. He joined the SPSL Council in 1981 and was CARA Honorary Secretary and Chair of the Allocations Committee 2003-08.
Professor Mark Hammond is Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and visiting Professor in Public Administration at Canterbury Christchurch University. He was previously Chief Executive of West Sussex County Council (2003-10) and worked in Surrey County Council. Mark worked in central government at the Department of the Environment including negotiating the UN Climate Change Convention, and for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for four years in Washington DC.
Professor Sir Deian Hopkin is the President and Chair of the Trustees of the National Library of Wales. He retired as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of London South Bank University in 2009 after a 40-year career in higher education following which he was interim Chairman of the Student Loans Company. He serves on a number of bodies including the Council and Court of Essex University, the Advisory Board of Times Higher Education and the Advisory Board, Barts Health NHS Trust. He is a Trustee of the North-West University Development Trust in South Africa, and of the IHR (Institute of Historical Research) Development Trust. He is a patron of several charities and was Expert Adviser to the First Minister of Wales on the centenary commemorations of the First World War.
Ms Lilia Jolibois is a non-executive Director and Member of the Audit Committee of Theolia S.A., a French renewable energy producer and distributor. A US citizen, born in the former USSR to two university mathematicians, she now resides in France. She has a BA in Economics from Harvard University, studied International relations at l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-Provence as a Rotary Foundation Scholar and holds an MBA from Insead. She began her career in corporate finance at Merrill Lynch Investment Bank in New York, before working in consumer goods marketing at Sara Lee in Europe. From 1995 to 2013, she held international roles of increasing responsibility for Lafarge, one of the world’s largest building materials companies, including finance, strategy, corporate development, and CEO roles in Eastern Europe. From 2008-2013 she was Senior Vice President Marketing, Sales and Supply Chain for Lafarge's worldwide Aggregates, Asphalt and Paving businesses, spanning thirty countries.
Professor Margot Light is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. She has been teaching and writing about the former Soviet Union for the past thirty-five years. Her recent publications centre on Russian foreign policy. Other areas of interest include problems of democratization and human rights. She is currently involved in two programmes on human rights in Russia and the CIS.
Professor Alan McCarthy is Professor of Microbiology at the University of Liverpool, which he joined as a lecturer in 1985. He is also Head of undergraduate admissions for the School of Life Sciences and chairman of the postgraduate selection committee for the Institute of Integrative Biology. He holds a number of external examining, editorial board and research peer review panel appointments in the UK and Europe. Professor McCarthy became Chair of CARA’s UK Grant Allocations Committee in August 2008.
Mr Nigel Petrie is Chairman of AD Group, an entrepreneurial technology business, specialising in the development and sale of high quality video management products. He also holds a number of non-executive positions in a range of different businesses including timber and building materials and healthcare. His main career over thirty years has been in the electricity industry where latterly he held the position of HR Director for the National Grid Company (1988 to 1993) and then Managing Director of First Hydro Company (1993 to 2000), a major UK peak electricity generator. He has held a number of “not for profit” positions including work with the Princes Trust - Business in the Community, National Trust in Wales and Theatr Clwyd.
Professor Robert Pynsent is Emeritus Professor of Czech and Slovak Literature at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, where he also serves as Convenor of the Centre for the Study of Central Europe. Professor Pynsent's research interests include 14th-Century Czech literature, Czech Renaissance prose, nationalism in literature, decadence, contemporary Slovak fiction and Czech women's writing.
Mr Stephan Roman CMG is Director for South Asia at the British Council. He was previously the British Council's Director for West Europe and North America.
The Reverend Dr Nicholas Sagovsky is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at Roehampton University and a Visiting Professor at Liverpool Hope. He was Sub-Dean and Canon Theologian at Westminster Abbey and Dean of Clare, College, Cambridge. He was co-founder of 'Article 26', a Project of the Helena Kennedy Foundation to enable asylum-seeking young people who have been educated in the UK to overcome the barriers they face in taking up the offer of a place at a UK university, and continues to be active in support of refugees and asylum-seekers.
Professor Paul Weindling is Wellcome Trust Research Professor in the History of Medicine at the School of Humanities, Oxford Brookes University. He also lectures at the University of Oxford. Professor Weindling has compiled a database on medical refugees in the UK, including over four thousand doctors, dental surgeons, medical scientists and biologists, and nurses who came to Britain to escape the Nazi regime during the Second World War.
Professor Michael Worton CBE retired in September 2013 as Vice-Provost (International) at University College London (UCL). He has spoken widely throughout the world on the internationalisation of HE and the purpose and responsibilities of universities in the 21st century. He was a founding member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the programme of Artistic Research of the Austrian Research Council (FWF) and of the Strategic Orientation Committee at the Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University.
CARA Executive Director
Mr Stephen Wordsworth CMG LVO joined CARA as Executive Director in April 2012, after a long career in the UK Diplomatic Service. His last two diplomatic posts were as Deputy Head of Mission in Moscow (2003-2005) and Ambassador in Belgrade, Serbia (2006-10); he also served abroad in Russia during the Soviet period, in Nigeria, in Germany and at NATO. From the mid-1990s he focussed mainly on crisis management and support for post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction across the Balkan region. Alongside his work at CARA, he is now also a Trustee of the British and Foreign School Society (BFSS) and of the BFSS Trust. He holds the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and an Honorary Doctorate in Liberal Arts from the University of Abertay Dundee.