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Patrons & Ambassadors

Our Ambassador and Patrons

SkillForce is grateful and thankful to have the support of our Royal Patron, HRH the Duke of Cambridge, and a number of notable individuals who provide support, guidance and expertise in shaping the direction of the charity.

“SkillForce does remarkable work with young people: the staff are predominantly ex-Service men and women who use their extensive life experience and leadership skills to encourage pupils to stay engaged with education and improve their future employability.”

HRH Duke of Cambridge

Our Patrons

Kate Adie OBE DL

Kate Adie is a pioneering English journalist, best-selling author and former chief correspondent for BBC News, during which time she became well known for reporting from war zones around the world. Her frontline assignments have included the London Iranian Embassy siege, the American bombing of Tripoli, the Lockerbie bombing, the Tiananman Square protests, the Gulf War, the Rwandan Genocide and the war in Sierra Leone.

She now works as a freelance journalist, public speaker and presenter of From Our Own Correspondent on BBC Radio 4.

General The Lord Dannatt

Lord Dannatt is a retired senior British Army officer, former Chief of the General Staff and Constable of the Tower of London. He is a member of the House of Lords.

He was commissioned into the Green Howards in 1971 and his first tour of duty was in Belfast as a platoon commander. During his second tour of duty, also in Northern Ireland, he was awarded the Military Cross.

Lord Dannatt was given command of the 4th Armoured Brigade in 1994 and commanded the British component of the Implementation Force (IFOR) the following year. He handed over as Chief on 28th August 2009, 40 years to the day from when he joined the Army.

The Rt. Hon The Earl Howe PC

Lord Howe is Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Minister of State for Defence, as of May 2015. He is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.

Lord Howe joined Barclays Bank in 1973, where he served in a number of managerial and senior managerial posts both overseas and in London before being appointed London director of Adam & Co plc in 1987.

He went onto serve as Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence. In opposition he served as Spokesperson for Health from 1997 to 2010.

General The Lord Ramsbotham GCB CBE

Lord Ramsbotham is a retired senior British Army officer who was appointed Adjutant-General in 1990. He retired in 1993, having served 40 years.

Two years later he was appointed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons. He was awarded a life peerage in 2005 and now sits on the cross benches of the House of Lords.

Lord Ramsbotham has written extensively on matters relating to both the military and prisons, particularly the need for prison reform. He is involved with a number of charities that support the welfare and education of men, women and child prisoners and is president of the charity PTSD Resolution, which provides treatment to affected veterans.

The Rt. Hon The Lord Selkirk PC QC

Lord Selkirk is a Scottish Conservative politician who served as Member of Parliament for Edinburgh West and then as Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Lothians. He served as Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) in government until 1981 and Minister of State (Scotland Office) until 1997, when he became a member of the House of Lords as a life peer.

Lord Selkirk currently sits on the European Union Committee and the EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee.

He chairs the SkillForce Scottish Advisory Committee.

Our Ambassadors

Willie Allan
The Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC
Ashley Best-White, Executive Headteacher
Brigadier David Biggart OBE
The Lord Bilimoria CBE DL
Col. Paul Cummings
Vassos Alexander Georgiades
Susan Gwyer-Roberts, Headteacher
Clive Hexton
Captain Richard Hobbs RN
Liz Jenkins
Emma Lindsay, Headteacher
Jim McColl OBE
Steph McGovern


Jon Murphy, Headteacher
Suzanne Neville
Edward Parker, CEO WWTW
Greg Parston
Alice Paterson
Keri-anne Payne
Amanda Pullinger
Nigel Rogoff
Jim Royan OBE DL
Lord Lieutenant Julie Spence OBE QPM
Air Vice Marshal Tony Stables CBE
James Timpson OBE
Helen Watson, Headteacher
Lord Windlesham
Christopher Wright
Michail Zekkos

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