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Simon Baron-Cohen FBA

Professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Cambridge. Director of the University’s Autism Centre, Fellow of Trinity College, Vice-President of the National Autistic Society

Sir David Cannadine FBA FRSL FSA FRHistS

British author and historian who specialises in modern history.  He is Dodge Professor of History at Princeton University, a Visiting Professor of History at Oxford University

Lord Clement-Jones of Clapham CBE

Liberal Democrat Peer and their spokesman for the Creative Industries in the House of Lords. Honourary President of Ambitious about Autism

Shirley Conran OBE, Hon. Fellow UCL

An advisor to the Department for Education on the recruitment of girls to Mathematics.  A former editor on The Observer and a former editor on The Daily Mail where she founded Femail.  Founder of The Wok Life Balance Trust.  Founder of Mothers in Management.  Founder of Maths Action.

The Rt Hon. the Lord Foster of Bath
British Liberal Democrat politician who represented Bath, Somerset as its constituency MP from 1992 until 2015.  From October 2013 to May 2015 he held the ex-officio title of Comptroller of the Household as Liberal Democrat Chief Whip.

Professor Dame Uta Frith FRS, FBA, FMedSc


German developmental psychologist working at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London.

Professor Roger Graef OBE
Criminologist and filmmaker, who has made many films and written about children at risk. He was a member of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Commission, and is a Visiting Professor at the Mannheim Centre for Criminology at the LSE.

Professor Gavin Henderson CBE
English arts administrator, conductor and trumpeter. Since 2007 he has been Principal of the Central School of Speech and Drama at the University of London.

Professor Nicholas Mann CBE CBE, FBA
Scholar of Italian humanism, and especially of Petrarch.  Nico Mann was director of the Warburg Institute from 1990 to 2001. He is now an emeritus professor in the University of London.

Professor James Tooley
Professor of Education Policy, Newcastle University & Authorof Speech and Drama at the University of London

Former Patrons

Baroness James of Holland Park OBE, FRSA, FRSL (1920 - 2014)
P.D.James was an English crime writer. She rose to fame for her series of detective novels starring police commander and poet Adam Dalgliesh.

Sir Brian John Maynard Tovey KCMG (15 April 1926 – 23 December 2015)
Founder Patron of Learning Skills Research Sir Brian was a British intelligence analyst who was director of the British signals intelligence agency, GCHQ, a post he held from 1978 to 1983.

John Nicholas Walton, Baron Walton of Detchant, Kt. (16 September 1922 – 21 April 2016)
British neuroscientist and member of the House of Lords. He was former President of the British Medical Association, the General Medical Council, the Royal Society of Medicine and the World Federation of Neurology.

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