Terry Waite CBE was the Assistant for Anglican Communion Affairs for the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, in the 1980s. As an envoy for the Church of England, he travelled to Lebanon to try to secure the release of four hostages. He was himself kidnapped and held captive from 1987 to 1991. He is president of Emmaus UK, a charity for formerly homeless people.
Phil Gallagher is best known for playing the lead part in the CBeebies Mister Maker children's television show but he is also well known for his panto roles at Canterbury's Marlowe Theatre. Phil is an active ambassador for the charity's literacy and walk to school initiatives in Kent primary schools.
Joanna has appeared as an actress in Doctors, Holby City and Little Britain, as well as working as a presenter in the UK and Australia. Since 2015, she has presented The Let's Go Club for CBeebies. She has also spent 13 years working in primary education as an expressive arts practitioner, helping improve the literacy skills of those with English as an additional language.
Singer and television presenter Cheryl Baker had a string of hits with Bucks Fizz - the group that won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981. Her varied career has included musicals and TV work - including Celebrity Masterchef. Her career also included her own cookery series called Eggs N Baker which encouraged children to cook.
Former England rugby Captain, Catherine retired from international rugby in 2011 after winning 63 caps and scoring 18 times for her country. She won three championship titles at the Six Nations and a European Cup. Catherine is also Patron of the charity Tag Rugby Trust; sits on the Grants Board of the Women’s Sport Trust and is an ambassador for Legends Rugby.
Actor and performer Ben trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Since graduating he has worked extensively in all areas of the profession including theatre, radio, television and film. Ben has appeared in over 100 productions in theatres UK wide and played the role of pantomime dame at the Marlowe Theatre for more than a decade.
Nick's creations include books about Percy the Park Keeper. Percy also appeared in his own animated TV series. He has written and illustrated other children's books including Thud!, The Whisperer and two books about Q Pootle 5, a space-dweller whose friends include Oopsy, Planet Dave and Tiger. Nick is a founding partner of Snapper Productions, producers of the CBeebies series Q Pootle 5.
Trevor is chairman of the Kent-based recycling company Countrystyle and was invited to become an Honorary Patron because his passion for green issues and his company's environmental innovations.